Chris Smith BA Dip MBACP
57 Taunton Road
Welcome to the site. I am an experienced BACP registered integrative counsellor supporting clients in the Lewisham and Greenwich area of southeast London.
I have helped all people of all ages and backgrounds face, process, overcome painful feelings and issues which are so often part of life. I also have particular experience and training relating to problems and issues faced by children and adolescents.
I would like to reach out, in particular, to those who possibly feel counselling may be an intimidating intrusive process. Please be assured that after one session with me you will feel totally at ease and relatively comfortable talking about those things which are hard to talk about. My style is down to earth and frank with your needs and wellbeing paramount.
If you are experiencing anxiety, low mood and unhelpful thoughts, maybe connected to family, work, health or self image, we will discuss whatever is going on, 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 hopefully get a clearer view of where things have been going wrong and what you can do to improve things.
The counselling environment, a room in my house, is warm and welcoming where you will fee safe and supported at a time when you may most need it.
Our work together will begin with me listening your story. We will also discuss what you would like to achieve in our sessions and any changes you hope to see going forward. Currently I work with clients in the following areas:
- Managing anxieties, low mood and negative thinking
- Difficulty in relationships including divorce separation and intimacy problems
- Understanding and coping with addictions and risky, harmful behaviour
- Feelings of shame and self criticism and life without purpose
- Anger, frustration and conflict
- Feelings of loss bereavement and loneliness
- Problems relating to work, school or university
- The ageing process and coping with change
I draw from a range of counselling theories and therapeutic models which will help you gain clarity about the influences and processes that have shaped the way you feel and behave now. With new personal understanding, you will be in a position to make critical changes to how you experience your life. In becoming more fully aware of your behaviour and thinking, you will experience the psychological growth needed to make things happen, while gaining a greater sense of authenticity and who you really are. Through learning to let some things go, accepting what cannot be changed and finding compassion for yourself, problems can be solved and life can become for more liveable. 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. I will work open-endedly however, clients can experience helpful progress within shorter periods, maybe 10 sessions or less. 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 weekdays and evenings.
Working within the BACP ethical framework, my principal concern is for your safety and wellbeing and to ensure you receive the most appropriate help and support, (which may mean we discuss alternative, more appropriate treatments).
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 a fair rate of £30 per session daytime and £35 after 5.00pm in the evenings and at weekends. My sessions last a full hour rather than the usual 50 mins. I also welcome enquiries from counselling students, schools and other organisations.
As a first step, may I suggest you contact me and we will arrange a time to meet for a first session, when you are most welcome to ask any other questions about me or the process. I am flexible over time and will see you at your convenience.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope to be of service to you.
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 have also been working with 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
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- 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)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- 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 30 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
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
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
|Employee Assistance Programme|