Valerie Teller Psychotherapist and Counsellor in SW19, MA MBACP
For the duration of movement restrictions in place owing to the coronavirus I am also able to offer online psychotherapy and counselling.
Based in Wimbledon, London, SW19 and at The Eaves in Guildford, I offer short or longer term counselling and psychotherapy to people aged 16 and over.
As an integrative humanistic practitioner, I believe in the importance of creating a safe and confidential space for clients to build their trust in me and the therapy.
I draw on a variety of theoretical concepts to understand people's life experiences. These might include existential, person-centred and psychodynamic approaches as well as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness where appropriate to my clients' needs.
My client work has included helping people with problems such as anxiety, including generalised anxiety disorder, depression, panic attacks, loss of many different kinds including bereavement, sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect, feeling displaced, suffering from addictions in the family, redundancy, ageing and death anxiety and many other issues.
In addition I have particular expertise in working with people living with ADHD, so can treat those with ADHD themselves, or family members seeking to cope and understand better. I also have particular experience of working with older adolescents and young adults aged 16 years and above.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and therefore abide by their ethical standards in my counselling work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have several years' experience of counselling young people and adults of all ages. At the root of my work is a humanistic approach which means that I strive to provide you with an experience of unconditional respect and openness in order to build a trusting therapeutic relationship between us.
I currently work as a psychotherapist in the voluntary sector as well as in private practice. My prior experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist includes working in an educational setting, for a low cost counselling service and as an online and telephone counsellor for ChildLine.
Prior to being a psychotherapist I worked in the City for 20 years and so have a good understanding of the stress of working in such high pressure environments.
I have a BSc in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as Levels 2 and 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory. I am currently studying a Postgraduate Certificate in ADHD Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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
The initial consultation lasts around 15 to 30 minutes and is free of charge. This is for us to discuss what has brought you to therapy and to see whether I can help with your particular problems.
Subsequent sessions are 50 minutes and cost £70 in Wimbledon and £85 in Guildford.