Valerie Howard

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MBACP Humanistic Integrative Counsellor
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Norbury SW16 & South Croydon CR2
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

About me

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 of 18+ years delivering 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; Social Services; 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 17+ 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

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

For Individual and Online counselling I charge £75 for the Initial Assessment Session and any booked further sessions thereafter.

I also have a limited number of lower-cost places; reserved for students, clients eligible for employment support benefits and trainee therapists.  The cost of the Initial Assessment Session is £75 and each session thereafter will be £55.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer sessions during the day; evening and weekends. 

Further information

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.

South Croydon, Surrey, CR2

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Valerie Howard
Valerie Howard