Muriel Smith Counsellor/Psychotherapist MSc, Accredited Member UKCP, MBACP
I am a warm and down-to-earth person and an experienced, highly trained and professionally accredited counsellor/psychotherapist. My approach is to provide a safe environment in which you can explore your issues without fear of judgment or expectation. I will work with you collaboratively, with compassion, integrity and respect to support you to gain understanding of yourself and insight into your relationships. I can support you to harness your resources, to clarify your options and to find your way forward. I will take the lead from you with the concerns you wish to bring to me and we will go at your pace. I may challenge you gently and occasionally make suggestions - always respecting, however, that the decisions are your's. I respond to the unique needs of each person in different ways. My core approach is Person-Centred. I also integrate insights from other humanistic theories, from attachment theory, neuroscience and Mindfulness. For more information click on my website.
I have a broad range of counselling experience. (See below).
More about me
My previous career as a registered general nurse laid a broad foundation for the work I am now doing. The experience I gained in ward and community nursing gives me insight into what it is like living with a diagnosis. As a practice nurse in a GP’s surgery I worked with people from all walks of life in an approach to health and well-being which was potential rather than problem-orientated. I have a similar attitude to my counselling practice. A good understanding of both physical and mental/emotional processes helps me to take into account the whole person in line with the holistic nature of Person-Centred counselling.
I offer counselling for individuals.
I am accredited with the UKCP and also a registered member of the BACP and abide by the ethical codes of these organisations.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Masters’ Degree in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. I trained at the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham, and I have several years of counselling experience both in the private sector and also in charities. I trained with Cruse Bereavement Care before starting my counselling degree and I continued to volunteer with them into my training.
My counselling experience includes the following areas (this list in not exhaustive):
Bereavement and loss – death of a loved one, loss of health, infertility, separation.
Stress and anxiety
Guilt and shame
Abuse of all kinds
Counselling training and continuing professional development
Training to Masters’ Degree level has given me a deep level of understanding of person-centred counselling. As well as academic study this has involved a considerable amount of learning through experience and personal development work, including having my own therapy.
I do not ever want to become stuck in my ways and so I take all kinds of professional development opportunities to keep me up to date and reflecting on my work.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Preliminary meeting. I offer a free and no obligation preliminary meeting. This is an opportunity for us both to consider how counselling could be helpful to you.
Thereafter the cost of sessions is £40 per session.
£35 for counselling/psychotherapy students.
Acessibility. My counselling room is on the ground floor. There is a six inch step into the building. I am happy to discuss access requirements.
Parking is available on site.
Arranging to see me
If you have any questions about what you have read or if you would like to arrange to see me please phone my mobile or send me an email. The phone may sometimes go to answerphone. I may be with a client but messages are checked regularly. Respecting your privacy it would be helpful to know when is best to call you back and if it is alright to leave a message.
It is important that whoever you choose to be your counsellor is a person you feel comfortable with and I recommend interviewing people before you choose. I offer a free, no obligation preliminary meeting to give us both the opportunity to decide how counselling might be helpful to you.
I offer both short and long term face- to face counselling for individuals. If after the preliminary meeting you decide you want to continue with counselling we will discuss the frequency and duration of sessions according to your needs.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Both daytime and early evening availability Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|