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About me

Counselling can be really beneficial if you are finding things difficult and it is hard dealing with life issues.

I help you explore your issues and move forward by listening, confidentially and without judgement.

Clients say they feel safe with me, as I offer support and respect their views.

Your therapy is individual and tailored to your needs. I use an integrative model developed through five years’ of training which includes the three major approaches in psychology: humanistic, psychodynamic and behavioural.

This means that around the relationship between client and therapist, I use a wide range of techniques (including some cognitive behavioural therapy – CBT) depending on what helps you achieve your own aims in coming to therapy.

First meeting, my approach and the schedule

In our first meeting it is important that I have an understanding of your situation and I will ask what you hope to gain from coming to counselling.  This initial appointment, like all subsequent sessions, lasts 50 minutes.

You may have questions about the process of counselling and so it is also an opportunity for me to answer these, and for you to find out whether it feels safe and comfortable working together.

Following on, we can then agree a contract for a certain time period, say six sessions, before reviewing our work and aims.

In later sessions we will review again, and depending on your needs, might decide to extend our work longer.

Confidentiality remains paramount throughout the therapy process.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a professionally qualified counsellor and as a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I abide by its Code of Ethics.  My work is supervised by a senior practitioner.

I am in private practice and have worked as a volunteer counsellor for about 10 years, as well as having experience of working both in the NHS environment and at a top London university.

My qualifications are:

  • BA (Hons) (1st class) Integrative-Relational Counselling (BACP Accredited)
  • Pre-Practitioner Certificate in Counselling
  • Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Diploma in Advanced Hypnotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Anthropology

I have worked with clients with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, low self-esteem, divorce, loss, panic attacks, sleep problems and work related stress.

I have experience of working with adults of all ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations.

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked in the City, travelled extensively, lectured in business skills and taught stress management with an emphasis on calmness and how to deal with anxiety and panic attacks.

Member organisations

BACP

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

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

My fees are from £55 per 50 minute session.

If you miss an appointment because you are ill and you have given me 48 hours notice, or because you are on holiday, you will not be charged.

If you give less than 48 hours notice you will be charged a cancellation fee.

Further information

The nearest underground stations are East Putney and Putney Bridge.
British Rail stations are Barnes and Putney. 

Major bus routes from Barnes (72), Fulham (430), Richmond (337), Roehampton (430) Sheen (337) and Kingston (85) are 5-10 minutes walk.

Parking is free.

Roehampton
Putney
London
SW15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

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Valerie Harrison

Valerie Harrison