Chris Smith BA Dip MBACP
57 Taunton Road
I am an experienced BACP registered therapeutic counsellor. I work with people from all backgrounds and ages and am particularly attuned to the specific problems experienced by men. I also work extensively with young people and students (ages10-21).
If you are experiencing the pressures of modern life e.g. relationship difficulties, strong emotions,feelings of low mood, or feeling stuck', I am here to listen, and together we will work on finding ways forward. Often we live with 'blind spots' in the ways we think and relate. what is often helpful is another person's perspective to allow you to become more self aware and tap into the inner resources and skills you already have. In talking through issues with a counsellor, you will realise that you do not have to suffer and that there are ways of finding life more enjoyable.
Having trained as an integrative counsellor, I bring a range therapeutic styles and 'tool's into the work. After we have met initially, we will have a sense of how we can best work together to meet your needs. In working with me there will inevitably be some focus on your past, and how it may have affected the way you experience life now. We will also focus on the present and explore practical, alternative ways of thinking and behaving in response to your particular problems. Most importantly, you will be treated compassionately and respectfully helping you to feel comfortable, understood and supported.
I have therapeutic experience in the following areas which which have been regularly explored by previous clients:
- Understanding and managing anxieties
- Problem behaviours including addictions
- Difficulty with relationships including family problems
- Anger frustration and conflict
- Feelings of low self worth, difficulty finding meaning in life
- Achieving a work/ life balance
- Issues relating to personal growth, development or the ageing process
Of course, everything you bring to sessions will be treated with total confidentiality and you will find yourself in a calm place 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 10 sessions. (Some find what they are looking for sooner and some stay longer). I am totally 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 I suggest other more appropriate treatment ).
I believe everyone should have access to psychological help 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 my service more accessible I charge what I think is a fair rate of £30 per session daytime and £35 after 5.00pm in the evenings and weekends. Sessions last a full hour rather than the usual 50 mins. Under certain conditions it may be possible to offer a reduced rate. 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 have been seeing clients privately (in a comfortable private room in my home) and in schools since 2012 including a period with Place 2B, counselling children. I also 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 who were trying to cope with emotional and behavioural problems.
I have extensive, relevant experience offering wellbeing support, to young people relating to: school and public examination pressure, self harm, drugs and alcohol abuse, sex and relationships including gender and sexual orientation and uncertainty about the future.
If you are interested in the possibility of coming to counselling, but maybe 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
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- 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
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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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
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I try to be flexible in my availability and will, within reason, attempt to adapt to clients' needs and circumstances. I offer sessions all day and early evenings/weekends if required.
Types of client