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Valerie Smith Counselling and Psychotherapy

East Lothian

I am a qualified, COSCA-registered counsellor, with a private practice based in Edinburgh and East Lothian. As well as seeing people face-to-face, I offer specialist telephone counselling. I have a particular interest in telephone counselling people who live in small or rural communities. However, I warmly welcome approaches from anyone for whom telephone counselling is a practical or preferred option. Many things bring us to counselling... For some of us, it is overwhelming emotions, such as loss or anger. For others, it is painful or restrictive marital or family relationships. Some of us seek counselling because day-to-day life feels pointless or it’s dominated by anxiety. We may feel there is no way out. A commitment to understanding you Whatever your struggle, I can offer you a warm, non-judgmental experience and a wholehearted commitment to understanding you. Witnessing people emerge from emotional difficulties, places where they previously felt stuck and limited, is a privilege. I offer counselling on a wide range of experiences including the following: •Depression and low mood •Stress and anxiety •Grief and loss •Trauma and abuse •Low self-esteem •Panic attacks •Transforming anger •Family and relationship issues •Sexuality •Gender identity •Dissociation and hearing voices •Self-harm Taking the first step Making the first step to seek counselling however may be daunting. I hope that this page and my website (www.valeriesmithcounselling.com) help explain what you can expect in working with me. If you would like to know more or to arrange an initial meeting, please give me a call. Finding the right counsellor is crucial; therefore I offer either a free initial 30-minute call or a reduced fee of £20 for the initial 60-minute session (face-to-face or telephone). It is an opportunity for us both to assess whether counselling with me is right for you at this moment. Fees Fees after the initial session are £45 per 60 minute session for face-to-face counselling and £40 per 60 minute session for telephone counselling. The sessions normally take place at the same time each week. Number of Sessions I offer both long and short term (minimum of six sessions) therapy. During the initial session we can discuss what you would like to gain from counselling and consider how many sessions you would like to commit to. We can revisit this at regular intervals throughout your therapy.

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What do you love most about your job?

Witnessing people emerge from places that they previously felt stuck and limited is such a privilege. I am continually inspired by the strength and potential for change in human beings.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I firmly believe that everyone can benefit from counselling at some point in their lives. I'm very committed to making it as accessible as possible to people. In addition to offering face-to-face counselling locally from a dedicated counselling suite in Cockenzie Business Centre, East Lothian, I also offer telephone counselling.

Telephone counselling offers great flexibility to those for whom access to a counsellor is a challenge. You may live somewhere remote or you may have a disability or caring responsibilities for e.g. children or elderly relatives. Telephone counselling is a highly practical and therapeutic option.

Having undertaken additional, specialist telephone counselling training, I have adapted my counselling practice to the telephone, to ensure that you feel as supported as you would with me in the therapy room. In my experience, people get used to working via phone by the end of the first session. Indeed, some people find exploring thoughts and feelings easier without being seen by the counsellor. Telephone counselling also has the advantage that you can do it from your own home, provided you have private, uninterrupted space.

Why should our clients choose you?

I work in a person-centred way and believe that you are the expert on your experience and what is right for you. I offer warmth, complete respect and deep empathy for the experiences that my clients bring. By exploring what is painful and confusing, we make sense of it and this is what enables change.

Sometimes it becomes clear that relationship patterns established in early relationships with carers/other early role models are impacting current relationships. I am also trained in Psychodynamic Counselling practice and can support you in examining and challenging those patterns and deciding what you need from relationships in the present day.

I have received first class training from Edinburgh University and qualified with distinction. I regularly undertake additional professional training to support my work with both children and adults. I am fully insured and a member of COSCA, Scotland's professional body for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I adhere to COSCA's code of ethics and complaints procedure.

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Your expert Counsellor will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to advise on what is most suitable. Use Bark to get free quotes and schedule an appointment today.

At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark and check out reviews from past customers too.

Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.

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