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About me

Hi, I provide a welcoming space to help you explore personal issues and feelings, in order to gain confidence, to look at things clearly and where necessary, make change.

I work with individual adults, teens and children from around age 9, families, blended families and those in relationship.
Offering  a private  confidential counselling and psychotherapy service I  can support you at your most difficult and emotional times.

As well as using Person Centred Counselling, I use CBT (Cognitive Based Therapy)  and  I like to work with clients creatively with journaling and art techniques and mindfully using somatic mindfulness, creative expression and creative visualization.

How can Psychotherapy & Counselling help you?
People go through challenging times in their lives which create emotions like sadness, stress, anger, guilt, shame, or feeling overwhelmed.  Counselling can give you a talking space to explore what is really going on inside.  Some people get trapped in a cycle of negative thinking and counselling can help them turn these thoughts into a more positive way of thinking and behaving.  We can also explore how your past might be affecting your behaviour today if you feel able and ready to do this.

The amount of counselling sessions is dependent on the client.  For some, short term work helps them to move forward quickly whilst others benefit from longer term help.  I can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self esteem, loss & bereavement, stress, post abortion and those feeling generally overwhelmed with life.

How I work with you

Counselling & Psychotherapy provide an opportunity for you to talk in a way which explores what is going on in your life and helps you to work towards change.

Each session lasts around 50 minutes, ideally on a regular day and time per week in my safe, confidential space where you can speak about the issues which are affecting you without feeling judged.

I'd like to develop a trusting counselling relationship which enables you to identify your needs. I offer adult and young people to talk on the telephone or one-on-one face-to-face counselling and can offer skype/email/phone counselling where wanted.

Our first meeting will be an opportunity for you to decide whether I am the right counsellor to help you.  We will be able to discuss how I work and what your expectations of your counselling are.  I will be interested in finding out a little more about you and your reasons for seeking counselling at this time. No obligation to continue.

Ethics and Regulating Governing Body - I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) which is the UK regulating governing body for safe practice.  I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Currently working with clients in  Aberdeenshire, Moray and Scottish Highlands.
  • Psychotherapist in private practice in Dee Street, Aberdeen and Thainstone Business Centre, Inverurie.
  • First Psychology, Senior Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Aberdeen & Dundee
  • Post graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
    – validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) University of Aberdeen
  • Registered Member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
  • COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Modules 1-4 – University of Aberdeen
  • AVENUE Counselling & Mediation & Practice Manager - Member of Relationships Scotland
  • Practice Counsellor GP Practice, Alford Medical Practice, Aberdeenshire
  • Practice Counsellor GP Practice - Bellfield Road Practice, Banchory, Aberdeen-shire
  • Practice Counsellor GP Practice - Southside Road Surgery, Southside Road, Inverness
  • University of Aberdeen - Associate Counsellor at the University's Counselling Service
  • Inverurie Wellness Centre - Counsellor in private practice
  • Elgin Chiropractic Clinic - Counsellor and Homeopath.
  • Inverurie Chiropractic Clinic - Counsellor and Homeopath.

In addition

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Inner Child Therapy
Life Coaching and Business Coaching
Transformational change
Life Coaching
Spiritual Counselling & guidance
Abuse (childhood or adult)
Addiction (of any type)
Angry feelings
Anxiety, stress, compulsive worrying
Bullying (school, home, workplace)
Death and Dying
Developmental disorders (autism, aspergers)
Disability or Ill-health
Disordered eating
Existential issues
Health anxiety
Identity issues
Low self-confidence/ self-­esteem
Loss (bereavement, divorce, redundancy, separation issues, etc)
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Panic attacks and phobias
Relationship issues (past or present)
Suicidal thoughts and feelings
Transitions (through adolescence, mid-life, redundancy, etc)
Trauma (childhood or adult)
Work related stress

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From £45.00 to £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£55 adult for a 50 minute session

£50 concession

Daytime, Evening and Saturday Appointments.

Telephone and Online Zoom and Email therapy appointments

EAP welcome

I  take referrals from agencies and your GP .

Please call and leave voicemail or text on 07769 730054

Or fill in the contact form on www.sutherlandpsychotherapy.co.uk


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

MON- SAT 9.00 - 20.00 
Saturday 8.00 -14.00

Emergency appointments usually available

If struggling and unemployed I can offer a discounted rate. 

Further information

Member of BACP British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Police Scotland checked and verified
Professional Indemnity and Professional Liability Insurance
Receiving regular monthly Supervision from experienced and registered BACP member.
I specialize in child and teen therapy and relationship counselling and offer separation counselling and mediation for separating couples and families therapy.
Also those with illness and terminal illness and the bereaved.
To support relatives and families and friends (including young carers) who would like space to talk things over and gain helpful strategies to understand and work with what life challenge they are up against.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair accessible, please state this is required at time of booking. Parking and Reception area. Toilet facilities.


Valerie Sutherland

Valerie Sutherland