Valerie Sutherland Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy/Counselling Reg MBACP

Valerie Sutherland Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy/Counselling Reg MBACP

69 Dee Street
AB11 6EE


07769 730054 / 07769 730054

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69 Dee Street
AB11 6EE


07769 730054 / 07769 730054

About me

Hello, do you need help with anxiety, low mood, depression and panicky feelings?

Are you looking for help to understand your relationship and feelings of confusion. rejection and loneliness?  want guidance on building loving successful relationships?

Ar you struggling with an ASC condition or have a family member or child with challenging behaviour and need parenting help?

I am Valerie Sutherland, a Psychotherapist & Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

As well as using the Person Centred approach, I use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Emotionally Focused Therapy.

How can Counselling help you? - Many people go through challenging times in their lives which create all manner of 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

I use techniques such as mood diaries, chart work, writing exercises, artwork and plasticine modelling, stonework, visualisation, breathing and relaxation techniques along with Focusing which involves using the 5 senses.

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

I want to develop a trusting counselling relationship which enables you to identify your needs. I offer adult and young people one-on-one face-to-face counselling and can offer skype/email/phone counselling where circumstances require it.

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.

Inner Child Therapy. A large part of what I do is help you acknowledge and work or play with you inner child. Inner Child Therapy focuses on the core beliefs that we hold about ourselves, about others and about the world around us. These beliefs are learned during our early childhood when we are young, and as adults our ability to determine whether the information we are basing our beliefs on is correct or not is very limited. Because this process occurs at such an early stage the information and beliefs we learn, and that continue on into adulthood, seem like an absolute truth because it has always been that way and to think any different way would seem or feel like a lie.

If we have an emotionally stable upbringing with positive experiences then the beliefs we learn about ourselves and others are likely to serve us well, as we will develop positive beliefs about ourselves and others. If we have an unstable or difficult or distressing upbringing, with little or no support, then we are likely to develop limiting and mistaken beliefs about ourselves and others, such as ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I can’t get anything right’, ‘No one can be trusted’ etc.

These mistaken beliefs learned during childhood remain with us and continue to be active, although often without our conscious awareness, causing difficulty in our lives as they affect our decision making, self-esteem, our relationships and more. However, because these beliefs are outside of our conscious awareness we feel confused and irritated because there is a ‘conflict’ between our logic and our emotions and behaviours. Ever thought something like "I know I shouldn’t feel/think/do this... but I can't help it"? That's your unconscious inner child at work.

Using specific techniques, such as transactional analysis, your ‘adult’ part, with assistance from the therapist, is able to give your ‘child’ part appropriate information, love and support which are the components needed to change those mistaken and negative beliefs. Changing the perspective of the ‘child’ part allows both the ‘adult’ and ‘child’ part to have positive and matching beliefs about the self and experience emotional freedom.

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 in private practice in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
  • First Psychology, Senior Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Aberdeen & Dundee
  • Post graduate Diploma in 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 - 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.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Inner Child Therapy

Transformational change

Life Coaching

Play Therapy for children aged 5 plus

Abuse (childhood or adult)
Addiction (of any type)
Angry feelings
Anxiety, stress, compulsive worrying
Bullying (school, home, workplace)
Developmental disorders (autism, aspergers)
Disability or Ill-health
Disordered eating
Existential issues
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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  • 69 Dee Street, Aberdeen


Please contact me for fees/concessions available

Daytime, Evening and Saturday Appointments

EAP welcome by arrangement

Further information

Current Enhanced PVG Disclosure Scotland

I receive regular monthly Supervision.

I specialize in relationships counselling and offer separation counselling and mediation for separating couples and families therapy.

My other specialism is supporting those with Autism Spectrum Conditions such as Asperger's Syndrome. Also those with illness and terminal illness such as Cancer. 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

Available in Aberdeen, Aberdeen-shire.

Maps & Directions

Aberdeen, AB11 6EE
Huntly, AB54

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Wednesday - Friday, 09.00 - 20.00 and Saturday 09.00 -15.00

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme