Valerie Hutchinson Couples Therapist

Valerie Hutchinson

South East Professional Online Counsellor


About Valerie Hutchinson

Hello, my name is Valerie and I’m fully qualified and experienced Couples Counsellor. I have a ‘Specialist Diploma in Relationship Counselling’ and I’m accredited by the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). 

I am passionate about helping couples build stronger, healthier and sustainable relationships. Therefore, I’m committed to providing highly effective couple therapy and dedicated to continually developing in my role.

My approach to online couples’ therapy, is open-minded, practical and step-by-step. I will ask you both what you would like to achieve out of the therapy; whether you would like to make your relationship work better, or whether you would like help to separate more amicably.  Perhaps you are not sure of the outcome you would like right now, that’s okay, we will work together to help you find clarity. Whatever your goal, I will tailor the sessions for your unique situation

Together we will work to identify any unhelpful patterns of behaviour communication that might have built up over time. You will both be given the opportunity to talk about how you feel, what is not working for you and alongside listening to try to understand each other’s point of view.

We will work together to build a stronger and happier connection between you. Learning to express our feelings in a healthy way to connect with each other more deeply, finding better ways to communicate and feel happier together.  

Please rest assured, that I will not judge, make choices for you or attribute blame to either of one of you. It will be a safe, confidential space for meaningful discussions and exploration. Hopefully, this will enable you both to move forward more positively in whichever way you choose. 


  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in ‘Therapeutic Counselling’

  • Specialist Diploma in Couples/Relationship Counselling

  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies   

  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills


Prior to qualifying as a Therapist, I had many years working as a personal assistant to professionals within Oxford University.  I have also worked in the voluntary sector for a charity supporting victims of childhood and adult trauma.

For the last few years I have been, and continue to be, a volunteer counsellor at a day hospice. Where I support individuals and couples through life limiting or terminal diagnosis and those partners who have been bereaved.  I do believe people are able to get through their devastating pain of loss.

My experience has opened me up to dealing with a range of issues including anxiety, low self-esteem/self-worth, grief and loss and depression both in individuals and couples. 

How I can help you

  • I will help bring you closer through making your emotional connections stronger, so you feel safe and secure in your relationship.
  • Together, we will discover how to communicate more effective. So, you will be able to express any issues clearly and kindly, leading to a better understanding of each other.
  • I will help you deal with disagreements in a healthier way, therefore arguments will be less intense and happen less often.
  • We will explore how any unhelpful patterns of behaviour/communication might be negatively impacting your relationship
  • I will provide a space where your feelings are acknowledged and validated so you both feel understood and valued.


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Year Department Hospital
2002-2005 Cardio-respiratory Institute Of Coast Private Hospital
2002-2005 Cystic Fibrosis Canada Of Coast Private Hospital
2010-2017 Livers & Oncology USA Institute for Rehabilitation
2018-2022 Osteogenesis imperfecta Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Types of therapy offered

Couple Therapy

Marriage Counselling

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Person Centered Therapy

Bereavement Counselling

Self Esteem/Self Worth

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Anxiety Counselling

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