Valerie Harrison

Valerie Harrison


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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 8 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.

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My fees are from £55 per 50 minute session.

If you miss an appointment because you are ill and you have given me 24 hours notice, or because you are on holiday, you will not be charged.

If you give less than 24 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 to Barnes (72), Fulham (430), Sheen (493), Richmond (493) and Kingston (85) are 5 minutes walk.

Parking is free and easily available.

Maps & Directions

Putney, SW15

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified