Valerie Sutherland, Psychotherapy & Counselling, PGDip, MBACP, CBT, EMDR

Valerie Sutherland, Psychotherapy & Counselling, PGDip, MBACP, CBT, EMDR

Thainstone Business Centre
AB51 5TB

07769 730054

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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 appropriate change.

I work with Individuals, those in relationship, families and children.  Offering  a private  confidential counselling service I  can support you at your most difficult and emotional times.

As well as using Person Centred Counselling, CBT (Cognitive Based Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for trauma removal)  I like to work creatively and mindfully using mindfulness, creative expression and creative visualization.

How can Psychotherapy & 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

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 60 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 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

  • Working in private practice at Healing Space, Thainstone Business Centre, AB51.
  • Working in private practice in Dee Street Aberdeen.
  • 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

Spiritual Counselling & guidance

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

Photos & videos

  • Therapy room at Sutherland Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Sutherland Psychotherapy & Counselling at Thainstone Business Centre


£50 per session

£45 concession

Daytime, Evening and Saturday Appointments

I also take referrals from agencies and your GP .

Please call and leave voicemail or text on 07769730054

Or fill in the contact form on

Further information

  • Police Scotland checked and verified

  • Professional Indemnity and Professional Liability Insurance

  • Receiving regular monthly Supervision from experienced and registered BACP member.

  • I specialize in individual 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.

Maps & Directions

Inverurie, AB51 5TB

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

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


Monday - Friday 08.00 - 20.00 
Saturday 10.00 -16.00

Emergency appointments usually available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme