Mo Smith MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Supervisor/Teacher
135 Casterton Road
I believe that my job as a counsellor is to help people help themselves.
I have a successful private practice, as well as many years experience working in local agencies. My theoretical approach is integrative, which includes working psychodynamically with the past, and humanistically with the present. I also find CBT and other tools and props to be an important resource. I enjoy attending workshops and seminars for my continuing professional development on a variety of subjects including abuse, self harm, bereavement, and PTSD.
I am also a qualified teacher and for some years I taught counselling courses in local colleges – from Introductory level through to degree modules.
In my work in the prison I find it important to identify the triggers and finding traumas that underly the client’s experience. I believe that what happens in childhood reverberates throughout our lives.
Counselling treads a fine line between guidance and advice. I’m not a friend or family member. We won’t have coffee. There are no strings to our sessions, no social expectations to our relationship. The client can offload to me without fear.
By offering insights and suggesting connections, I can guide clients toward a better understanding of themselves and their behaviours. From that point, clients can see a way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
- BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Theory
- Diploma in Supervision
- Advanced cert in skills and theory
- Certificates in Skills and Theory
- Diploma in Psychiatric Studies,
- Diploma in Psychotherapy and psychology.
- Diploma in Bereavement counselling
- Degree in Certificate of Education,
- City and guilds 7302 and 7407
- Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
- Certificate in understanding Substance Abuse
I have been awarded a Fellowship of the Counselling in Prisons Network in recognition of distinctive contribution to Counselling and Therapy in the Criminal Justice System.
Supervision is very important to me and to the process of counselling. It is essential to a practice and shows good ethical practices.
I offer training on many counselling subjects see www.cinnabartraining.com
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Over the last five years I have realised how precious time is. I have rushed about. I have made use of every minute I’ve had in a day. Never giving myself the opportunity to sit and stare and reflect.
When I first started counselling I was taught that reflection is the biggest skill to learn. To reflect back to a client enables them to see their voice and hear the feelings behind it. But there is also a world of value in reflecting to ourselves – and this is something we rarely do.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
£30 per hour -counselling
£30 per hour - Supervision
I published a book for counsellors to work with their clients putting thoughts, feelings and emotions down on handouts. It works by taking it out of the brain and writing it down so you can see what's there.
The Cinnabar Toolkit for Counsellors Vol.1
£30 plus £3.50 p&p available on Amazon
The Toolkit contains 20 beautiful paper-based tools for counsellors and support workers to use with clients. Each tool is accompanied by guidance on its use and a case study based on actual experience with the tool. They cover a variety of issues from anger to addiction, from bereavement to stress and many others.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
day time, and a few evening appointments. not Friday or weekends
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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