Valerie Harris MSc,MBACP,MBPsS
Welcome to my counselling page.
I am an experienced individual counsellor and therapist and Relate trained couple counsellor.
Painful experiences, worries about the future can all make it hard to handle difficult situations in your relationship. Sometimes life can feel difficult for no particular reason and you don't know who to turn to for help. We can discuss how I might be able to help you and understand your difficulties.
During the first session we can explore how we work together and how best this can be achieved.
I work mainly with couples, with individuals whose partners may be reluctant to visit a counsellor, or individuals seeking a better understanding of themselves, their family or work relationships. If the problem is very specific a few sessions and brief interventions may be all you want or need to handle difficult situations. You may like to work in a more open ended way, taking time to explore your world and working towards personal growth and development. Perhaps the difficulties you are experiencing have been with you for some time, and may take longer to work through.
I am able to offer time limited, short term and open ended work, using an integrative approach in various therapies that include systemic and psychodynamic approaches. Depending on what you want and need we can discuss together a starting point for your therapy.
If you would like to find out more about having sessions with me you can call or e-mail me at my practice in Weybridge. If you are leaving a message with your details I will get back to you within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA. Psychology; BSc (Hon.)
MSc Research Methods and Psychological Assessment (University of Surrey) Research: Stress and its effect on Academic Performance in Children at School.
Advanced Counselling Skills and Theory (SOCN)
Relate & University of East London. Graduate Diploma Certificate: Foundation in Couples Counselling.
Qualified Relate Trained Counsellor Certificate.
I have many hours of experience working with couples and individuals. My training with Relate was in psychodynamic and systemic therapy. I work mainly from an integrative perspective in psychodynamic, systemic, transactional analysis models and can offer person centered and a behavioural perspective approach that include CBT and CBCT for couples..
My experience spans the voluntary sector, student counselling and private practice, and includes work with individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of difficulties and issues: relationship issues, couples counselling, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviours, difficulties around intimacy, work related issues, health anxiety, stress, anger management, self esteem, bereavement and loss.
Post Qualification Experience: training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Individuals (CBT), Couples (CBCT) attending to relationship and individual distress.
Art and the Imagination in Counselling and Psychotherapy;
Counselling Young People.
Service Life, Deployment and its Effect on Families and Couple Relationships (Relate)
Mental Health Awareness: Relate
Mindful Sex and Relationship Therapy
Dual DiagnosiS : Mental Health
BACP Private Practice member- Conferences: Identity, Mind and Body
Working with Soul in Supervision
Sexual Abuse and Mental Health HC-UK Conference
Domestic Violence and Abuse Relate
Domestic Abuse Summit HC-UK
Mental Health Awareness Relate
Improving Services & Outcomes for People who Self Harm HC-UK
Working online within an organisation. BACP Certificate
Improving End of Life Care for People with Dementia HC-UK
Societal Rape Myths and traumatic reactions. BACP
British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Association of Independent Practitioners (AIP) Div BACP
Certificate of Proficiency. (BACP)
I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice ( BACP/BPS.)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Service Life, Deployment effects on families and couple relationships.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
My fees is £75 per hour session for individuals and £90 per hour session for couples. Each session is 60 minutes. I also offer extended couple sessions by agreement of 90 minutes to clients if the circumstances are appropriate. This can be a fortnightly arrangement rather than a weekly attendance.
Young person age 16- 18 yrs in education £45 per hourly session.
Concessions for clients on low incomes are available by arrangement. This can be discussed at the first session or consultation.
Payment should be made on line via BACS prior to the session or by arrangement at the end of the session in cash or cheque with a Bank guarantee card.
Free, on site parking private road; access code to road once session confirmed.
Adolescents/young people, adults and couples;
Caseworker SSAFA Forces trained in Bereavement and Loss issues.
Elected Public Governor (2012- 2014 ) Kingston Hospital NHS
Enhanced CRB check SSAFA Forces Help.
Enhanced CRB check Relate
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Private Road code required. This information is available once a session is confirmed.
Monday to Friday and other days by arrangement. usually 9am to 8.30 pm
Types of client