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Val Freeman

Registered Member
MBACP (Accred)

07582 160 516

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About Val

Professional membership

I am an Accredited Counsellor with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. This framework includes holding clients' information in confidence and ensuring I receive frequent and regular supervision.

Counselling experience

I have been counselling since 2010 and hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Spurgeon's College, South Norwood. I spent three years counselling at Bromley Community Counselling Service and a year at Eden Park Surgery, Beckenham. I have also worked as a sessional counsellor at CFC, South Croydon. I set up Three Cairns Counselling in the spring of 2014 and really enjoy working in private practice.

The types of issues I work with include:
  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • childhood sexual and non-sexual abuse
  • couples facing difficulties
  • depression
  • looking for meaning in life
  • losses and fear of loss
  • low self esteem
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • relationship difficulties
  • spiritual issues
  • trauma and its effects
  • unwanted, intrusive thoughts
If your issue is not listed, please feel free to come and discuss it at assessment.

Philosophy and counselling model

In my training I learned about a variety of approaches to counselling so have a lot to draw on as I work with each individual who comes to me for support.

I have a great respect for person-centred counselling, where the underlying belief is that, given the right conditions (empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence), you will be able to progress without lots of questions or suggestions by me. So in my therapy room you will have space to take your time and work things through for yourself without having me jump in all the time with quick solutions.

However, I have also found great worth in other approaches including compassion-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, creative techniques and relaxation exercises, so sometimes I respectfully offer ideas or exercises from these approaches to help you move forwards.

A personal note

I have a non-judgmental, Christian world view and enjoy working with people of any faith as well as people with an atheistic or agnostic viewpoint. I respect each person's individual right to their own beliefs. I am open to discussing issues of faith and spirituality as part of the counselling process if you request this.

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