Valerie SmithI am a qualified BACP-registered counsellor, with a private practice based in Edinburgh and East Lothian. I also work with clients throughout the UK via telephone. I trained at Edinburgh University where I was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling with Distinction. My training is in person-centred and psychodynamic counselling practice. See the Counselling page for more information on this.

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked for many years as a change manager in the Financial Services industry, coaching teams through the stresses and impact of change in the workplace. I grew fascinated by how people react differently to change and I read widely about human emotional development. This eventually led to my decision to retrain as a counsellor.

In my counselling career, I have worked in the charitable, public and private sectors with children, young people and adults. I volunteered as a school counsellor with Place2Be, a nationwide charity which provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools. I have also counselled for PF’s Young Adult Service in Edinburgh, which is a service for 18-25 year-olds.

In my private practice I only counsel adults aged 18 or over.


The BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) is a national professional body for counselling and psychotherapy.  Being a registered BACP Member means that I have been approved as having received appropriate training, experience and supervision as a professional and ethical practitioner by that body.  It also means that I work to that organisation’s Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.

In the event of any complaints, I am subject to the BACP’s Complaints Procedure.

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