About Val

After an early career as a Police Officer with critical incident training and then later in the business world, I became interested in ‘mental health’ and what makes people behave the way they do – so I studied psychology.

I’ve worked with large and small organisations and have assisted people with the numerous issues which cause sickness absence and affect relationships and performance. I went on to¬† gain an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and started a private practice in 1996. I’ve provided counselling for individuals from all walks of life, from prisoners to politicians – and gained a B A Counselling Degree accredited by Surrey University. I am a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (www.cosrt.org)

I have the pieces of paper and the experience. I have both the robustness to hear traumatic testimony and the warmth which helps recovery. I’m victim-offender mediation trained, a Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, registered on the accredited voluntary register and have been a Course Tutor for the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. I have provided hundreds of voluntary hours of counselling for the British Tinnitus Association and for a Rape Crisis centre. I am also a member of the Association of Business Psychology and a Member of the British Neuroscience Association

I’m City & Guilds Assessor trained, have completed a Human Sexuality programme with the National Council of Psychotherapists and am also a published freelance writer. I founded a national Charity, have been a subject expert for the BBC and have a qualification in animal husbandry. My spare time is spent either with my partner and God-children or angling and coaching young people in the sport.