Valerie Howard MBACP Humanistic Integrative Counsellor
As an Integrative therapist, I am trained in a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Person-Centred counselling in order to personalise the therapy according to individual needs.
Aside from private practice, I am also a Practitioner who delivers Therapeutic programmes to men who have perpetrated violence and abuse against their intimate partners or loved ones.
Clients I work with
Trainee therapists; Adults; Children; Groups; Older adults; Organisations; Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work; Short-term face-to-face work; Time-limited.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor with Advanced Diploma practitioner training in Humanistic Integrative Therapy. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have over 13 years experience as a practitioner and trainer; including working for the Ministry Of Justice where I delivered therapeutic groups for both men and women who have entered the Criminal Justice System. Most have been survivors of trauma.
In practice, I have worked with clients who have experienced: childhood traumas; addiction; anger management; mental health; anxiety and stress; bereavement, separation and loss; survivors guilt; racial, self-esteem and identity issues; depression; sexuality; teenage pregnancy and parenting; diversity, cultural and migration related issues; disability; relationship difficulties; and self-injury.
I am an experienced Safeguarding trainer for practitioners working with children, young people and adults with care and and support needs. I have a current enhanced DBS.
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
Individual counselling I charge £55 for the initial session and any further sessions. I also have a limited number of lower-cost places, reserved for students and clients eligible for employment support benefits. I also offer lower cost sessions to trainee therapists.
I offer sessions during the day; evening and weekends; Thursday-Sunday. If you require a time outside of these days, please do contact me to discuss.
I have my own private practice in Purley Oaks and continue to work with the Cassandra Centre which is part of the local community within the borough of Croydon.