Valerie Ward
Counselling in Leeds


Member Organisation(s): BACP

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About Valerie Ward
I am a fully qualified therapeutic practitioner & clinical supervisor & a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) & I abide by their code of ethics. My training at Leeds Metropolitan University is accredited by the BACP.

The model that I have trained in is the Relational Approach. This combines the analytical aspect of the Psychodynamic Approach with the warmth of Person Centred therapy. I also consider other theories in my practice such as Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have a wealth of experience working within the Primary Care Trust and have many years experience working independently in private practice.

I offer both long & short term therapy, working face to face with individuals & young people. I hold a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) enhanced disclosure. I work as an independent therapist from my rooms in Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

People come for counselling or psychotherapy for many reasons. Sometimes problems and situations require professional help to resolve them, some people find they’re having difficulty coping, others want to use counselling for personal development. Whatever the reason, I am here to support you, and help you to find your own solutions. The counselling relationship can offer the space to talk through issues, explore situations and feelings without feeling judged.

I provide a safe, supportive & confidential environment, in which to explore problems which can enable you, the client, to gain a better understanding of your difficulties. This can help to build confidence and improve your ability to cope in a more informed way.

I chose counselling as a career after receiving counselling myself following a major crisis in my life. This has helped me to understand the process from a clients point of view. I believe I can help people to change and discover for themselves a fulfillment in life which may be eluding them at the moment.

With my experience of working with a diverse range of issues my approach has become integrated and varied, drawing upon a variety of theoretical models, tailored to suit the individual needs of the client. I also have many years experience working with families who have lost loved ones in ’Road Traffic Accidents’.
My training, work experience and any achievement
My training at Leeds Metropolitan University is accredited by the B.A.C.P. (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) & I am a member of this organisation and abide by their code of ethics. I have further qualifications in T.A. (Transactional Analysis) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and working with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have a wealth of experience working within the Primary Care Trust taking G.P. referrals, and many years experience working independently in private practice. I am also a clinical supervisor for counselling practitioners, trainee counsellors and Health Care Professionals.

Diploma HE Therapeutic Counselling.
Cert. HE Interpersonal & Counselling Skills
Cert. Clinical Supervision.
Cert. Core Concepts Transactional Analysis .
Cert. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Cert. Psychophysiology of Trauma.
Cert. Time-limited Attachment-Informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Cert. Couples Counselling
Cert. Introduction to Mental Health Issues.
Concerns & issues I deal with
Abuse, Addictions, Adolescence, Affairs, Aggression, Alcohol Dependence, Anger Management, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Bereavement, Bipolar Disorder, Bullying, Childhood Issues, Chronic Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (ME), Codependency, Compulsive Behaviour, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Eating Disorders, Family Problems, Fear, Grief, Isolation, Low Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Mens Issues, Mental Health Problems, Midlife Crisis, Mothering, Negative Thoughts, Obsessions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, Parenting, Perfectionism, Performance Management, Personal Growth, Phobias, Physical Abuse, Post Natal Depression (PND), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Rape, Redundancy, Relationship Problems, Sadness, Self Development, Self Harm, Separation, Sexual Abuse, Shame, Shyness, Social Phobia, Stress, Stress Management, Suicidal Thoughts, Terminal Illness, Trauma, Unresolved Issues, Work Stress, Emotional Abuse,
Other concerns & issues I deal with
R.T.A.(Road Traffic Accidents)
Sudden Loss
Age groups I work with


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