Valeria Villa

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London, W5
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About me

My name is Valeria and I am a qualified Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist (CTA-P) and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I have an MA in Philosophy and a MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.

Philosophical enquiry has been at the root of my curiosity for humanity and personal development. I started my therapy practice in West London (UK) and I then decided to extend outside the UK borders to engage with the migrant and expat community in Ferney-Voltaire (France) and Geneva (Switzerland).

In the therapy room I meet people who experience difficulties at different stages of their life journey. You feel stuck and unsure about the way ahead. You experience overwhelming feelings when you need to make a decision. Your sleep is disturbed or you fall asleep when awake. You burst into tears too quickly or too slowly. You experience relational challenges with your family/friends or at work. You desire to talk about yourself to better understand who you want /don’t want to be. This list is endless as varied are the reasons leading people to therapy. My priority is to listen to the people who establish a first contact with me, to meet them in their life journey. We define together the steps ahead so that I can support them in finding what they want from therapy.

I embrace the Transactional Analysis philosophical assumptions: 1 People are OK. 2 Everyone has the capacity to think. 3 People decide their own destiny, and these decisions can be changed.

Training, qualifications & experience

I obtained the Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counsellor at Metanoia and I am a senior trainee of this Institute in their MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.

I have experience of working as Trainee Psychotherapist in the public sector for people who experience feeling stuck due to psychological distress or challenging life events. I have worked extensively in the criminal justice system to support people during their life in prison or through the gate before going back to the community.

Therapy is a journey and therefore I believe that therapy is about engaging with a process rather than treating an issue. However, during our journey we might encounter the following issues and feelings:

  • Abuse
  • Anger issues
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Early childhood issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Feeling stuck
  • Gender diversity and sexuality
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Work issues

While the therapy journey unfolds, I believe that the psychotherapy space creates a space for developing self-awareness and achieving change and personal growth.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Additional information

If you think that I can support you in your journey, you can drop me an email or send me a text. I will then book a free phone call with you which will last 20/30 min and it will give us the opportunity to get a clearer understanding of what you are looking for and what I can offer and how I work.

We will then book a first appointment which will last 50 min, where we can assess your needs and wants, and we will define our working relationship. Some people are interested in solving a clear issue and some other are interested in diving deeper into their life and feelings. Therefore the length of your therapy journey depends on you and on what you would like to achieve through it.

Sessions are £55.

I offer discounted fees to students, people on minimum living allowance salary or those who receive state benefits. I also offer discounted sessions to refugees with no recurrence to public funding.

Further information

I work with individuals, couples and groups. If you want to enquire about groups, please send me an email.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Additional languages

English; Italian

Valeria Villa
Valeria Villa