Mrs Valerie Long: Counselling

Mrs Valerie Long



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  • Counselling

About me

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, with 15 years’ experience as a counsellor. Six years qualified as a Couple’s Counsellor and nine years as a registered Adoption Counsellor, affiliated to Bernardo’s. I have been Clinical Supervisor for 9 years, currently providing supervision for trainee/qualified counsellors.

I have worked for a number of agencies including Barking and Dagenham Bereavement Service. Seasons Bereavement Service, where I counselled clients experiencing complicated grief, due to trauma for example, road accident/death. Crossroads Care working with Carers and those suffering early onset dementia. Cruse Bereavement Service in homicide. The Young Peoples Counselling Service (13 to 25 years). I am a Government registered Adoption Counsellor working with Barnardo's LINK adoption therapeutic support service, providing Early Placement therapeutic counselling, Attachment Focused counselling, for families with children of all ages. Therapeutic Counselling for birth family members. Counselling for individuals who have been adopted and feel a need to explore their thoughts and feelings. Also Reconnect Therapy for adopted individuals wishing to reconnect with birth family members. Adopters needing to explore their thoughts, feelings, and life situations. I have a private practice in Hornchurch, Brentwood and Collier Row Romford.

I see patients with a variety of issues including; feeling unable to cope, undergoing major changes; work related issues; pregnancy; health related; infertility; bereavement and loss; those touched by adoption; depression; anxiety; stress; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); self-esteem and/or identity issues; Mental, physical, emotional and sexual abuse; Feeling your responsibilities are almost too great to bear, or just not knowing what is making you feel the way you are feeling. I also see couples for couples counselling.

My initial BA (Hons) training was in Person Centred Counselling but over the years I have incorporated other theoretical models into my work including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Attachment Focused Therapy. I have experience of and can provide short term and long term therapy

Areas of interest

Bereavement/Loss/Change; Anxiety/Stress; Depression; Couples counselling; Individual therapy; Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ; Adolescent mental health; Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); Self-esteem / Identity issues; Touched by Adoption; issues surrounding Pregnancy; Infertility; Abuse; Work related issues; Carers, caring for someone frail or with a disability. Health issues/coming to terms with illness/disability.

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  • AA808

    Counselling session - (>50)

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