Chris Smith BA Dip MBACP
57 Taunton Road
Welcome to the site. I am an experienced BACP registered therapeutic counsellor and have worked with many clients, from a variety of backgrounds. Over a number of years. I have helped people including myself, process, overcome and move on from painful feelings and issues which are so often part of life. I also have particular experience and training relating to problems faced by children and young people.
If you are experiencing anxiety, low mood and unhelpful thoughts, maybe connected to family, work, health or self image, we will discuss whatever is hurting, and together work on finding ways forward. Often we do not always see our own 'bigger picture', so, with a counsellor's extra perspective, you can get a clearer view of where things have been going wrong and how to make them right.
During the process of becoming more self aware, you will also find yourself able to tap into important resources and skills within you, that are often hidden. With new insight and confidence, you will be able to start making the changes that will make your life more meaningful for you,and those around you.
As an integrative counsellor, I can call upon a range therapeutic styles and 'tool's to support my clients. After our first meeting, we will have a positive sense of how we can best work together to meet your needs. In working with me, there will probably be some focus on the past, and how it may have affected the way you experience life now. We will also focus very much on the present and explore more effective, alternative ways of thinking and being. Most importantly, during the counselling process, you will be treated with the utmost compassion and respect and acceptance.
I have worked regularly with clients in the following areas:
- managing anxieties, low mood and negative thinking
- relationships with people who have personality problems including narcissism.
- coping with addictions and risky, harmful behaviour
- complex family dynamics
- anger, frustration and conflict
- feelings of low self worth and life without purpose
- feelings of loss, loneliness and emptiness
- problems relating to work, school or university
- the ageing process
Of course, everything you bring to sessions will be treated with total confidentiality and you will find yourself in a calm safe environment where you are not judged or criticised but are fully accepted as you are.
Meaningful change takes time and this will vary, of course, depending upon each individual. Usually however, clients experience helpful progress within about 10 sessions. (Some find what they are looking for, sooner). I aim to be flexible and will work, as far as possible, to accommodate your needs and circumstances, which includes offering sessions at the weekend as well as week days and evenings.
Working within the BACP ethical framework, my principal concern is for your safety, wellbeing and personal autonomy, and to ensure you receive the most appropriate help and support, (which may mean we discuss alternative, more appropriate treatment).
I believe everyone should have access to wellbeing support if they need it and should not be discouraged by cost or difficulty in accessing NHS services such as CAMHS and IAPT. Therefore, in order to make this service more accessible, I charge what I think is a fair rate of £25 per session daytime and £35 after 5.00pm in the evenings and at weekends. I will consider reductions under certain circumstances. Sessions last a full hour rather than the usual 50 mins. I also welcome enquiries from counselling students, schools and other organisations.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified integrative therapeutic counsellor (CPCAB diploma) and registered member of BACP. I attend regular continued professional development sessions and have certification in solution focused therapy, couples therapy, attachment disorders and working with children and young people. I have been seeing clients privately (in a comfortable private room) and in schools since 2012. I also currently counsel young people and staff at the Brit (performing arts) School in Croydon.
Before this I spent 30 years working as a teacher/personal development coach in a number of London schools, much of this with children and young people whose learning was impeded by emotional and behavioural problems.
I have extensive, relevant experience, offering wellbeing support, to young people relating to: school and public examination pressure, worries about the future, bullying, self harm, drugs and alcohol abuse, sex and relationships including gender and sexual orientation.
If you are possibly interested in exploring counselling as a way forward but are not sure, please feel free call me, with no obligation, and I will answer any questions you may have. There are a number of convenient bus stops within 2 mins walk. Hither Green and Lee mainline stations are 10 mins walk and there is easy car parking close by.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also deliver a specialist program for young people who may be having difficulties at school (THE WELLBEING WORKOUT).
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
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My fees are 25 pounds per session daytime up to 5.00pm and thirty-five per session evenings and weekends (for a full hour).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I will do my best to see you as soon as possible and at a mutually convenient time, which includes evenings and weekends if necessary.
Types of client