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 centred 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.
Working with 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 Relate
Dual DiagnosiS : Mental Health HC-UK
BACP Private Practice member- Conferences: Identity, Mind and Body-What's in charge?
BACP Private Practice conference: Identity: Can you tell me who I am?
Working with Soul in Supervision: BACP
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
Working with bereavement and complex grief. BACP
Gender & Sexual Diversity Relate
Child Protection and Safeguarding Level One Relate
Alcohol and Couples. Relate
Trauma keeping cool in a crisis. AIP Conference
The Business of Independent Practice AIP Conference.
Caseworker Course SSAFA
Bereavement and Loss Course. SSAFA
Accreditation Workshop BACP
Profession Development Day: Understanding and recognising sex addiction. Paula Hall.
Private Practice Conference: Depression: What's therapy got to do with it? Working with depression in Private Practice.
Psychobiology of Mental Control: Mind Matters
Understanding Out of Control Behaviour: Mind Matters
Emotions: Mind Matters
Why do we bother? Private Practice Conference. BACP
Recruitment and Professional Development Day. IAPT
Psychological Therapies in the NHS HC-UK
Measuring and Monitoring Quality in Mental Health: HC-UK
Coaching specific client groups,identifying your niche and marketing your offer effectively. BACP
CAMHS National Summit: HC-UK
Working with Older People -Counselling and Healthy Ageing BACP Webinar
Online Private Practice 2020-Communication: Can you understand me? Live Stream
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.)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Service Life, Deployment effects on families and couple relationships.
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