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About me

I offer one to one counselling in my private practice in Ballymena.

I have 20 years experience and I am able to address a wide range of issues and difficulties that cause depression and anxiety.

I invite you to arrange an initial consultation when I can hear what is troubling you and discuss how problems, challenges and obstacles in your life can be addressed and resolved so that you have more freedom to be yourself and enjoy your life.

The Initial Consultation
This is a time to share your reason for seeking counselling.
And a time for me to explain how I might help you address your issues.

It is important that you feel comfortable to share your issues with me and that you feel I am the right person for you. This first meeting can help you make this decision.

To help me assess your issues I will ask you some biographical details.
Confidentiality is of paramount importance.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London

I had the privilege of training alongside other mature students from all walks of life and various parts of the world. This experience afforded me the opportunity to gain a deep appreciation of difference and diversity.

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Therapeutic Counselling

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

I have been working as a Therapeutic Counsellor for the past 20 years. I find my work very rewarding and fulfilling through guiding my clients to work through their issues and learn more about themselves and their potential.

As a trained Supervisor I offer supervision to qualified counsellors

I also design and facilitate private classes in many aspects of counselling practice for trained counsellors and those in training. I enjoy this aspect of my work also because I like to share my knowledge and experience to offer participants the best guidance and information to equip them to address client issues appropriately.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis

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Fees are negotiable and will be discussed at the initial consultation

About my Practice
I offer an initial consultation of one hour.

This is usually followed by six weekly sessions of one hour each. At the end of this period work is reviewed and it is agreed whether more sessions would be beneficial or whether work has completed.

Further information

I recommend you to consider arranging an initial consultation with me to help you clarify your issues and decide if counselling might be useful for you at this time.

I aim to offer initial consultations within a week of your request and so avoid having to join a waiting list.

I look forward to hearing from you and perhaps having the opportunity to help you.


12 The Courtyard
Galgorm Castle
192 Galgorm Road
BT42 1HL

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I am available on weekdays. I aim to offer you a time that suits you best whether morning, afternoon or evening and within a week of contacting me.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Qualification:CPCAB Level 6 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision SupervisionI offer supervision to trained counsellors and students training as counsellors.Supervision for Trained Counsellors & Counsellors in TrainingI adhere to the BACP Code of EthicsI use The Seven-Eyed Model (Hawkins & Shohet 2006) and The Cyclical Model (Page & Wosket 2006)  as a framework for my work as supervisor.

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Valerie Ann Adams PG Dip Therapeutic Counselling Dip Supervision MBACP

Valerie Ann Adams PG Dip Therapeutic Counselling Dip Supervision MBACP