Valerie Smith


My training was at Edinburgh University where I qualified with distinction in both Person-Centred and Psychodynamic counselling practice. At the heart of my approach, I aim to offer a warm, empathic, non-judgmental relationship and a whole-hearted commitment to understanding my clients and the experiences they find troubling.

My counselling practice is otherwise predominantly psychodynamic. I believe that past relationships and styles of relating unconsciously impact the way that we encounter people in our present day lives. Sometimes early relationship patterns become painful and restrict present-day interactions.

Working through these experiences within a safe relationship of deep respect can be immensely relieving and liberating. My role is to work alongside people, at their own pace, as they reflect on how previous relationships are playing out, to help them find what they need now. As part of the process, I enjoy exploring unconscious forms of communication in the form of images and dreams as they naturally emerge.

I have experience of both short and long term counselling and working on a wide range of human experience including depression, anxiety, self-harm, anger, sexuality, relationship difficulties, dissociation and hearing voices.

Outside of private practice, I work as a school counsellor for Place2Be, a nationwide charity which provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools. I also counsel adults of all ages for PF Counselling in Edinburgh.

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked for many years as a change manager in the financial services industry. This provides me with considerable insight into the theory and experience of change, as well as the pressures of the corporate environment.

Valerie Smith



Psychodynamic Counselling

£45 per 50 min session