Catherine Smart BA (Hons) MBACP(Accred)EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
I specialise in trauma therapy for issues such as PTSD from road accidents, surgical trauma, assault, abuse or military combat. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, relationship difficulties or struggling to cope can also be symptoms of less obvious unresolved trauma such as bullying, childhood neglect or violence.
EMDR is recommended by NICE and the World Health Organisation as an effective therapy for dealing with trauma but it is also a useful method for increasing self esteem and overcoming performance anxiety. Combined with Mindfulness and cognitive techniques I offer a therapy that is flexible and tailored to fit in with your individual therapeutic needs. I aim to provide a supportive environment in which to explore the issues that are troubling you and our initial session gives you an opportunity to ask any questions and for us to consider the most practical and fruitful way forward. I am experienced in both short-term focussed therapy and longer term work. I approach my work with clarity, sensitivity and warmth, helping you to explore whatever aspect of your life you may wish to understand, take control of, or improve.
Many of us feel low at some stage and life seems to have a habit of throwing up changes and challenges that we have to deal with. Sometimes talking to friends and family can offer the support we need, but at other difficult times, it may be more helpful to talk with a professionally-trained and experienced counsellor with whom you can explore your feelings in a safe, secure and empathic space.
My clients come from all walks of life and bring varying concerns such as addiction, anxiety, bereavement, depression, post-traumatic or work-related stress, problems with relationships or sexuality. Some have suicidal thoughts, some are struggling with separation or divorce, while others need to talk about spiritual concerns and a life that has lost its direction.
I am committed to my own ongoing professional and personal development, through continuing therapeutic work and study. My work is fully supervised and insured and I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics.
Whilst working towards EMDR Consultant status I am offering low cost EMDR supervision.
Please feel free to call me on 07957 872992 or look at my website for more information on my practice: www.smartcounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor with more than 15 years experience of working in a wide range of fields such as addiction, family therapy and a GP practice. I have been a tutor on counselling courses and I work for several Employment Assistance Programmes. I am also an accredited practitioner in EMDR, the therapy recommended by NICE and the World Health Organisation for PTSD and trauma related issues.
BA (Hons) in Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
Specialised training in addictions
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Workplace and career: performance issues, stress, redundancy, bullying.
My fee structure varies from £45-£85 depending on location and the type of therapy requested. I have a small number of lower cost places.
I work with individuals, couples and teenagers.
My London practice is at Staple Inn next to Chancery Lane underground station.
My Matfield practice is a 5 minute drive from Tunbridge Wells.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|