Since completing her Psychodynamic training 20 years ago, Vallie has had a keen interest in working with trauma, especially childhood trauma. She is interested in the clinical implications of the Neuroscience in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is providing important new insights into the processing of intense emotion in the aftermath of trauma.

Vallie has recently retired from the NHS where she was providing leadership, supervision and training to a group of counsellors and psychotherapists. She is an integrative psychotherapist and uses techniques from a wide range of theories in order to meet the need of the client. Since training as an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist she has specialised in working with complex trauma.

Therapy with Vallie involves exploring the traces left behind by traumatic past experiences without spending too much time revisiting the original trauma.

Psychoeducation on the working of the autonomic nervous system and its fight/flight/freeze responses and memory formation is an important aspect of the work. Individuals are encouraged to view current distressing difficulties as reminders / triggers left behind from unprocessed traumatic past experiences and to find different ways to deal with the imprints of their trauma on body, mind and soul.

An aspect of the work involves thinking about early attachment style patterns and Vallie will encourage the adult part of her clients to sooth their inner child. Once a trusting relationship has been established and trauma survivors feel safe and able to tolerate intense emotions, processing using bilateral stimulation to activate both the emotional and rational brain takes place.

Through her EMDR practice Vallie became acquainted with and inspired by a new psychotherapeutic model called Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS). It provides a new startling view of the human psyche and stipulates that every human being within has an internal family consisting of ‘parts’ that have a role to play in our lives. Some parts are open, friendly, others hold unresolved fear or shame from our childhood, some are performers; others solitary thinkers whilst others are carers for people and so on.

Internal Family Systems Theory suggests no matter how flawed someone perceives themselves to be, somewhere within there is a healthy functioning ’ Self’ our spiritual centre that is relaxed, open, and accepting of oneself and others. In order to achieve self-acceptance and inner peace, clients are encouraged to get to know, befriend and respect all their parts in the truest sense. She uses aspect of IFS in her practice with most trauma survivors aiming to help them make sense of their internal conflicts, improve their capacity to relate to others and form more a meaningful relationship with themselves.

Working with ‘parts’ looms largely in the field of Neuropsychology and Vallie is a fully qualified Internal Family Systems Therapist.

Vallie’s UKCP registration Number is 07159460.

  • EMDR Accreditation
    awarded in January 2017
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing EMDR
    Richmond EMDR training London 2013
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapist IPT
    Surrey University 2012
  • Certificate in clinical Supervision
    Sussex Partnership 2009
  • Masters in Time Sensitive Psychotherapy
    Sussex University 2002
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
    Chichester Counselling Service 2000
  • 15 days IFS training
    2018, 125 hrs
  • Child Protection Training
    NHS Worthing
  • Kent EMDR Conference
    September 2017
  • EMDR Europe Conference Barcelona
    July 2017
  • Designed & delivered a Supervision Training Course
    April – December 2017
  • Introduction to Internal Family Systems Theory
    March 2017
  • Sexuality in the modern word
    November 2016 Sussex Community Foundation Trust
  • International EMDR Conference DeHague
    June 2016
  • National EMDR Conference Liverpool
    March 2016
  • Neuroscience
    February 2016 Sussex Community Foundation Trust
  • Working with the Body
    October 2015 Sussex Community Foundation Trust
  • International EMDR Conference Milan
    July 2015
  • Beyond Words : The Art of Therapy
    June 2015 Sussex Community Foundation Trust
  • Traumatic Stress Seminar with Bessel van der Kolk
    May 2015 London
  • The Menopause Transition
    July 2014 Sussex Community Foundation Trust
  • International EMDR Conference Europe Edinburgh
    June 2014
  • Recognising and Assessing forms of Mental Health Disturbances
    February 2014 Sussex Community Foundation Trust
  • Group Process Skills
    September 2013 Sussex Community Foundation Trust
  • Attachment Focused EMDR Laurel Parnell
    September 2013
  • Suicide Awareness Training
    July 2013 Sussex Community Foundation Trust
  • CBT for Survivors of Childhood Trauma
    November 2012
  • Working with Complex Trauma
    November 2012
  • CBT Mood Management Group Facilitation
    July 2012
  • Working with Older Adults
    March 2012