I'm Val and I am an integrative therapeutic counsellor.
Welcome to my counselling space:- safe, relaxed and supportive. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing measures, counselling sessions are offered via Zoom meetings or telephone for the time being.
My "theoretical approach" is Integrative and I work within a variety of counselling styles. I will listen to you with empathy, kindness and without judgement. The decision to come to counselling can be quite daunting. I wish to make you feel at ease and relaxed to explore the difficulties you are facing.
I offer a safe and confidential space for your session via Zoom or by telephone the choice is yours. I have experience working with adolescents and young people, as well as adults from all generations.
My experience as a nurse and counsellor has given me valuable insight into the challenges faced through life's stages and the many varried difficulties individuals may face, especially followig life changes due to the pandemic.
Modern day life can be stressful, hectic and unpredictable, it's busy and demanding. Working from home and family demands are high and often feelings of increasing pressure is stressful. The past year has been full of unpredictability, a time of exhaustion trying to do it all.
Some areas I work with are anxiety, feelings of sadness, feeling lonely or loneliness, general anxiety disorders, depression, panic disorder and phobias, along with other difficulties in relationships or within families, loss and grief and other disorders. There are many stressful situations from all walks of life that counselling may help bring resolve. Strategies are used to turn down the intensity of anxiety to give you back some control.
I'm here to listen to you when you feel ready to start your journey. No matter how big or small you feel the issue, it may be time to talk, be listened to and get the support you need. It's ok to not be ok, it's ok to reach out and ask for support. When your ready, pick up the phone. I can offer short, medium or long term therapy to suit you, on a confidential and professional basis.
Making the first step is often the hardest, I'm here to support you through this. Contact me Valerie, by email, text or mobile, let's get started and get you back to being you.
I look forward to hearing from you very soon,
Training, qualifications & experience
My Qualifications and Training
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
- Diploma in Higher Education
- Diploma in Preschool Practice
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) working towards accreditation.
- Level 6 Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
I am currently registered for EAP and private practice clients.
I continue to work as a Senior Registered Staff Nurse for the NHS.
Experienced within a secondary school providing students with a school counselling service. Volunteer with the YMCA Peterborough offering counselling for children and young adults. Training with "talk to the stars" a child bereavement charity. Supervisor with CRUSE bereavement care.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adolecents, Young People and Adults
Concessions offered for
From £40.00 for 50 minute session.
Discounts for Counselling Students available.
I have sessions available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at a time suitable to you.
Evenings sessions available.
Saturday's sessions available (at enhanced rate).