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About me

I see personal breakdown and crisis as events that point the way to changes that help us reach our full potential. My aim is to support you as you explore those aspects of your life and behaviour that are of concern to you at the moment.  I can help you to understand what is important to you, highlight and clarify issues that emerge as we talk and work towards that resolution and change. Get in touch to find out more.

To do this I offer short and long term counselling and psychotherapy to individual adults and couples.  Currently sessions are held online or by phone.  When Covid restrictions ease we will sit together in a quiet, comfortable room in the privacy of my home. I have studied and practised a wide range of counselling and psychotherapy techniques and will talk with you about your individual concerns to determine the best approach for you.

So when you call or email me initially, we will set up a first session to talk about your situation and what you would like to get out of counselling.  We can then determine what approach might work best for you.  If you're happy to continue after that, we will set up a second session and arrange to meet regularly for one hour, usually weekly, for as many (or few) times as you need.

Why Counselling?

People come to see me for a wide range of reasons, but typically because:

  • Feel depressed, anxious or confused;
  • Are dissatisfied with work, relationships or lifestyle;
  • Deal with problems in harmful ways, eg eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse;
  • Are in some kind of some personal crisis;
  • Find relationships difficult or are facing relationship breakdown;
  • Are stressed or anxious because of overwork or excessive responsibility;
  • Face illness or bereavement;
  • Have difficulties arising from abuse.

Any Other Questions?

You will find some more detail on my website at www.valallen.com.  Please do call or email if you need any further information or if you would like to come along for an initial session to explore your concerns.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have many years training and experience in private practice and am also an approved supplier to a number of organisations including Aviva, Barnardos, Brunel University,  Churches Ministerial Counselling Service, Moving Minds and West Sussex Counselling Training.  Call or email me to find out more.

Over the years I have undergone extensive training and am a BACP Registered Senior Accredited therapist. I trained with the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London. I have an MA in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy (DeMontfort University) and a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling (CCPE). Other certified training includes couples counselling, counselling supervision, life coaching and a diploma in working with trauma.   I am also qualified and highly experienced in career and employment issues.

I am a registered member and Approved Supervisor of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and a Senior Accredited Member of BACP.  Membership of these professional bodies means that I abide by strict Codes of Ethics and professional practice. You can be assured of the highest standards of discretion and confidentiality.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adoption

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling : £50.00 per hour session.

Couple Psychotherapy and Counselling : £60.00 per hour session.

When I work

9.00 am - 8.00 pm Monday to Thursday. 9.00 am - 5.00pm Friday. Appointments in Bisley, between Woking and Guildford in Surrey.

Further information

Counselling is about changing your life for the better, working with a trusted professional.  You have taken the first step towards change by reading this profile.  Please call or email me to take the next step.

Bisley, Woking, Surrey, GU24

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Whether you are a new trainee or have many years experience, my aim is to work together with you in a warm, collegial relationship.

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