Valerie Gage MBACP (Accred). Counsellor | Clinical Supervisor | Facilitator
I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor, Therapist and Facilitator and I currently offer online counselling and psychotherapy sessions to individuals, couples and groups on a weekly basis. I am now also offering weekly 'Walk and Talk'/'Outdoor' counselling sessions to individuals. My practice is based on humanistic principles, which means that our work will focus on you – your thoughts, your feelings, your behaviours and how you experience the world.
How Are You?
It can be hard to acknowledge that you are not feeling okay, and even harder pretending that you are. If you’re feeling sad, lost, or stuck, if low self-esteem is causing you to make poor choices and decisions, if you’re experiencing family issues, or feel unhappy in your relationship/marriage, if you're struggling with being a new parent, if you're recently separated, or you feel depressed, numb or detached after experiencing something traumatic; I may be able to help.
I know how hard it is to take that first step but if anything here resonates with you and you want to have a chat, please get in touch by phone or email. We can arrange an initial session where you can gently explore your needs, you can ask any questions that you may have and we can get a sense of whether it feels right for us to work together.
If after our chat you decide that working with me feels right for you, we can make arrangements for our regular sessions. We can arrange to have sessions for a limited period of time and work with a specific focus in mind, or we could leave it open-ended to explore at greater depth. You can decide which feels right for you.
My approach is empathic, non-judgemental and non-directive, which allows us to explore whatever feels important to you, at a pace that feels right for you. This has proven to help clients to develop a sense of safety which can create a space for deep reflection and provides an opportunity to heighten self-awareness; the catalyst for change and personal growth to occur. I have a naturally warm and compassionate presence which enables me to offer you a comfortable, reflective and confidential space in which we can work together to develop a trusting relationship where you can feel heard, understood and accepted as you are.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Experience
I studied at The City Literary Institute (CityLit) where I undertook years of experiential training. This enabled me to get in touch with my difficult experiences, and begin the process of self-discovery and healing, so that I could learn to safely hold you as we work together through whatever experiences feel most pressing to you. This allowed me to develop the skills and qualities necessary to practice as a Therapeutic Counsellor.
I have worked in a variety of settings and have gained experience of working safely with anxiety/generalised anxiety disorder, depression and their various manifestations, sexual abuse, relationship issues, domestic abuse, sexual assault, trauma, post-traumatic stress, pregnancy loss, sudden infant death (SIDS) and self-injury. I also have 16 years personal experience of working with autism.
Alongside my private practice, I counsel medical students in higher education.
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
Continued Professional Development
- Bereavement & Loss
- Supporting Women Affected by Domestic Violence and Abuse
- Working With Sand
- Art, Imagination and the Mind
- Group Facilitation
- Self-Harm & Risky Behaviours
- Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Working With Complex Trauma
- Working With Survivors of Sexual Violence
- Mental Health First Aid - Adults
- The Trauma Counsellors Toolbox: Aiding Recovery and Healing from Complex Trauma
- Working with Shame
- Coaching for Wellness: Synchronise Body, Mind and Emotions
- Supporting Survivors of Domestic Abuse under COVID-19
- Cultural Competency
Ready to Get in Touch?
Why not call me today to discuss your needs? I am ready to welcome you!
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I currently practice online only. Please see my fee schedule below:
Weekday Practice: £85 for a 50 minute session
Sunday Practice: £95 for 50 minute session (via Zoom)
Couples and Families: £125 for a 60 minute session
Supervision: currently offering reduced cost for individuals (limited availability)
Group Supervision (up to 4 supervisees): £70 per hour
Please feel free to contact me to explore availability