In her relationships therapy Valerie says much of her expertise and experience came about by accident.
She recalled how, when single and had been commissioned to work in a five star hotel in Malaysia. she thought it would be a perfect place to meet a partner.
"I was in heaven, the hotel had spectacular views an incredible pool right in front of a wonderful private beach," she explained.
"But there was a drawback – I hadn't realised it was a honeymoon hotel. Full of couples and people on their first or second honeymoon.
"Because of the sheer volume of couples I met, who became my clients, I was able to develop methods to help couples and singles in their relationship problems because of this act of fate; it certainly changed my life.
"In fact with my techniques I was able to find my perfect partner who I am now happily married to."
During the May2012 meeting Valerie described case histories set out the pro's and con's of relationship therapy.