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I believe that every client I work with is unique. My approach is therefore flexible and sensitive to the individual life experience of each on. I offer both short-term, solution-focused therapy and longer-term exploratory therapy to individuals over 18 years in English or French.
I work with clients from many walks of life and has considerable experience supporting and helping resolve issues around many different themes. I work together with clients to explore difficulties in relationships, conflict, anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, workplace stress, self-confidence and self-esteem issues, isolation and loneliness, life transitions, and anger management. My priority is always the person and their life, not just the 'problem'.
I support individuals to face personal, emotional and behavioural issues that are adversely affecting their lives. I offer a warm, supportive, non-judgemental and completely confidential service in which clients can focus on establishing a sense of trust, and begin to work through difficult thoughts and feelings to gain greater insight and understanding. With such insights and a deeper exploration of oneself, it is possible to live with a greater sense of choice, flexibility, robustness and meaning.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychological therapists (BACP-Registration number 826257)
Testimonials: Below is some anonymous feedback from clients which you might find helpful:
"The counselling with Valerie has really helped me increase my confidence and improve my relationships. Valerie is very approachable and put me at ease right from the start. She is very encouraging and has helped me find ways to get the most out of life and enjoy things that are important to me."
"I am so grateful for my counselling sessions. I believe it was fait that I got the help I needed and Valerie is like my life saver. I will be for ever grateful to her . She truly is an angel who has help me so much when I needed it."
"I have had depression from my early childhood, I am now in my in my mid-thirties. I will always have depression and I know that it will always be a part of me but I now know it doesn't have to be in control of me and it isn't for the first time in decades.
I grew up with physical, emotional and sexual abuse, I became shy, withdrawn, nervous, voiceless, worthless and suicidal, then as I grew up this all was mixed with anger, aggression and exhaustion of trying so hard to keep it all together. I thought counselling wouldn't help, having to open up to a stranger, tell them all your shameful secrets and feel worthless all over again, but this was my last option. I called and met Valerie who I met for and hour every week for a ayear. Valerie listened, showed me techniques to get rid of the anger, face feelings I never knew I had felt and let me know it wasn't my shame to keep, that this wasn't my fault, that I am not worthless and that I have somewhere to go and figure things through. I can cope better because I know how to and I know I can always go back, this is the best I have felt in years and its thanks to Valerie and the support she provides.
Counselling really worked for me, I didn't think that it would but 1 year later, I have a more positive outlook, I don't dread waking up, I sleep. I do things. I have a life that I enjoy."
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
family issues, fertility, parenting
the “midlife crisis" (at any age)
physical health, illness and disability
relationship issues, affairs and betrayals
relocation /culture shock
Concessions offered for
From £50 for individual therapy (Up to 50 minutes)
I offer also a more affordable way of accessing counselling and psychotherapy through a low cost service. If you’re on benefits, student or a low income there’s no reason why you can’t have therapy too. Please ask me about this when you first make contact.
I work in several locations across London:
- Counselling Therapy, Crystal Palace Park Road, London SE26 6UR
The nearest tube stations are Penge East Penge west or Crystal Palace.
- Gestalt Centre, 15-23 St. Pancras Way, London NW1 0PT /disabled access.
The nearest tube stations are Camden, King's Cross St. Pancras and Mornington Crescent.
On-line Counselling and Walk and Talk Counselling.
To make an appointment you can either email me (Valerielemetayercounselling@mail.com) or call me (07721 903 903). I may not always be able to pick up if you ring, so please do leave a message. I will get back to you as soon as I am available
Appointments are available all day from early morning to late evening Tuesday to Saturday.
Si vous êtes francophone, vous pouvez bien sûr me contacter directement en français.
As a first step you can call or email me to arrange our first session, this will give us an opportunity to discuss what is going on for you and how counselling might help you. It will also give you an opportunity to get a sense of what its like to be with me and ask me questions that you may have about therapeutic counselling and my approach. Once you have decided if you would like to work with me we can arrange regular session times.
This is not a type of therapy but a way of delivering it which is especially accessible if you are very busy, travel a lot or for one reason or another find it hard to leave your house/office. I have worked online for many years with clients from across the globe, including expats and others and have found this mode of delivery to be equally effective as face to face despite the loss of physical proximity. If you have not tried this mode before I suggest you try one session and see if it is to your liking. That way you can also see if you feel comfortable with my style and what I have to offer you. You are not obliged to continue, the decision to do so is always yours.
Walk & Talk Therapy
This is not a type of therapy but a way of delivering it. The only difference between counselling and Walk and Talk therapy is that the session is conducted outside whilst walking. Some people may become anxious when confronting something difficult in a traditional seated, face to face interaction. Walking and being in nature might make you feel more relaxed and make the session more productive. The simple act of walking while doing therapy can create an environment of possibility and change. We will walk at a pace that suits you, we can sit down on a bench if you want or have the session in the room if weather conditions are not good.