Al Skiffington-Smith MSc. UKCP Accredited. MBACP Registered. 17 yrs experience.

Al Skiffington-Smith MSc. UKCP Accredited. MBACP Registered. 17 yrs experience.

The Brambles
Thorney Road
West Midlands

024 7663 6826

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The Brambles
Thorney Road
West Midlands

024 7663 6826

About me

UPDATE: 22 September 2016: I have space for a new client. Please contact me should you wish to enquire about a Mutual Assessment Session.

It can be a commonly held belief that seeking out any kind of therapy is a sign of weakness. When people are struggling in life and reach out for help, I see this as a sign of strength, as it can symbolise the first step towards coming to terms with their situation.

How I Practice
Working as your therapist I offer you a safe, reflective space to be heard without being judged. I will listen very closely to what is actually being said and work with you to help you gain a deeper understanding of your own feelings, thoughts, beliefs and events that have happened in your life - at times looking from the perspective of childhood. The therapeutic relationship we develop between us forms the basis of our work together. This process may well promote a challenge to your thinking. Each therapy session will be on a weekly basis and last for one hour, unless agreed otherwise.

Mutual Assessment Session
I offer a free Mutual Assessment Session, subject to availability. I do this because I recognise that one of the most important factors in any therapeutic work is the relationship between client and therapist. Without a strong working alliance the work will suffer. This is why I offer an hour of my time free of charge for you to come and meet with me. You can then decide for yourself if you would find what I offer of value and I will also let you know if I feel that I can be of help to you.

The Mutual Assessment Session is not a therapy session; instead it is an initial meeting where we can both get a sense of each other. You can use the time to outline the concerns that bring you to seek therapy as well as ask any questions that you might have. I will listen carefully and gather some information about your present day situation, your childhood and your family history and then discuss with you how we might work together.

About Me
I originally worked in engineering and construction before I changed direction and worked as a Youth Worker and IT tutor before beginning my counselling training in 1997. Since 1999 I have continued training as a therapist as well as gaining experience working in a number of settings including the non-profit and voluntary sector as well as private practice. I have experience of establishing, coordinating and managing counselling services as well as recruiting staff and delivering training events.

My practice is based on a sound understanding of Humanistic Psychology, Humanistic Philosophy and, in particular, the Person-Centred Approach. I also draw upon my knowledge of a number of other theories that I have studied both independently, and as a member of a CPD (continuing professional development) group focusing upon broad-spectrum, embodied, and relational aspects of the therapeutic approaches and modalities since February 2015.

I am a qualified BACP registered counsellor as well as a qualified UKCP accredited psychotherapist. I subscribe to these organisations' Ethical Principles and Codes of Professional Conduct. I have extensive experience in working face-to-face with adults (18 years plus) offering short-term therapy and long-term in-depth therapy. I have worked with people in a therapeutic capacity since 1999. I subscribe to the BACP Ethical Framework and UKCP Code of Ethics, both of which operate a complaints procedure to which I am accountable. I have an ongoing commitment to continued professional development, and all my work is supervised on a monthly basis.

As well as being experienced in working with whatever issue or issues an individual brings to therapy, I do have an interest in working with trauma: childhood and adulthood; abuse: childhood and adulthood - including physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect; self-harm and self-injury; sexuality; sexual identity; gender identity and disability. Through my work I have developed the ability to appreciate given situations from different perspectives. I am committed to promoting equal opportunities as well as working with people in an anti-discriminatory way.

Contacting Me
If you are thinking about contacting me I would welcome your call. I am happy to provide further information or, should you wish, arrange a free mutual assessment session, subject to availability.
Telephone: 024 7663 6826
Email: Please click on the email link - a red box at the top right hand side of this page.
Website: If you feel unsure or you would like to read more information about me please click on the following link:

Training, qualifications & experience


  • MSc Person-Centred Psychotherapy & Counselling (5 year course) 2012 - Middlesex University / Temenos Education.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Supervision (2 year course) 2005 - Temenos.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Client-Centred Psychotherapy (1 year course) 2004 - Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • BACP Accredited Diploma in Counselling using the Person-Centred Approach (3 year course) 2002 - The Sherwood Institute.
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling (1 year course) 1998 - CPCAB.


  • Full Individual Registered Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
  • Member of The Relational School.

I am on two registers that have been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority:

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The list below is an example of some of the many areas and issues I am experienced in working with. If you do not see what you are looking for please contact me to discuss your needs:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement & loss
  • Carers issues
  • Childhood issues
  • Coming out issues
  • Depression
  • Disability & disabling conditions
  • Family difficulties
  • Gender dysphoria
  • LGBTQ+ / GSD welcome
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-harm / self-injury
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Shame and guilt
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Transsexual issues
  • Trauma
  • Work related issues
  • Kink & Poly aware

I also offer therapy / personal development for students in counselling and psychotherapy training.


Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Individual counselling and psychotherapy £50.00 per 60 minute session.
  • Relationship therapy - sometimes known as couples counselling - £75.00 per 90 minute session.
  • Payment can be made by cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.
  • I offer two low cost cost places to people experiencing hardship i.e. on a low income or in receipt of benefits. If you wish to enquire about a low cost place please make this clear so we can discuss this.
  • I offer a concessionary rate for students in counselling and psychotherapy training.

Further information

Practice Address: The Brambles, Thorney Road, Coventry, CV2 3PH.
I work from a well appointed dedicated office within my own home where I can provide a private confidential setting. My practice is freely accessible by car or public transport. Please note I see people by pre-arranged appointment only.

Office Access Information
My office is situated on the ground floor and has disabled level access via a purpose built side entrance to the building. A wheelchair accessible toilet is available upon request.

My practice is located in a quiet cul-de-sac with ample free on-street parking available. Level access off-street disabled parking is available upon request.

Bus Route
Bus 6 (destination Little Heath) or Bus 6A (destination Victoria Farm) departing from stand J in Pool Meadow Bus Station Coventry drops off in Blackberry Lane which is within 300 yards of my practice. The buses run every ten minutes in the day time and the trip takes approximately twenty minutes.

Maps & Directions

Coventry, CV2 3PH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Monday to Friday: 10:00am - 7:30pm Access Information: Ground floor wheelchair accessible office. Wheelchair accessible toilet. Level access disabled parking.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

My aim is to bring about a supportive and respectfully challenging environment where thoughts, feelings and issues can be explored and reflected upon.

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