Nicholas Smith UKCP Reg CPJA FPC
I am a fully registered member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy, UKCP is the premier registering body for psychotherapists in this country), the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis and the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling.
My approach to counselling/psychotherapy draws on all aspects of my trainings; particularly systemic (a pragmatic approach that acknowledges the importance of difference and the realities of people's current life situations) and psychodynamic (which looks at how past experiences and relationships, particularly early ones affect present day relationships, consciously and unconsciously). I undertake short and long-term therapy contracts.
For me, a committed relationship lies at the heart of many people’s lives but few couples exist together for long periods without coming into some kind of conflict which may threaten to undermine or end the relationship. The happiest couples can be open about the fact that there were times when they loathed each other and considered separating. Through triumphing over these personal difficulties they create a unique bond - conflict can be a way of developing a partnership rather than signalling an end to it. Having a third person there listening in a non-directive way helps in sustaining the dialogue when feelings run high. Repetitive patterns of interaction can be identified and linked to relationships and unconscious conflicts from early in life. These can then be brought to life as a way of revitalizing an impoverished relationship. The psychodynamic approach is the most important aspect of my work with individuals though my training as a group therapist means that I keep the groups you belong to (family, work etc.) in mind.
Training, qualifications & experience
My initial training over five years was as a Group Therapist at Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) in London. This involved me being in my own therapy for a number of years as well as running a long-term group in the NHS at Guys Hospital in London. I have worked with groups as a trainer and practitioner ever since, most recently at the Group Therapy Centre, in Cambridge.
My couples therapy training was at the Institute of Family Therapy then the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relations in London. I have worked at counselling centres as well as charities with all sorts of couples and individuals prior to setting up in private practice. I have also worked with individuals and couples sub-contracted from the NHS as part of the Talking Therapies program, in Essex. My practice now runs out of Kings Heath, Birmingham
Training in Group-Analytic Psychotherapy, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London.
Certificate in Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice(Families and Couples), Institute of Family Therapy, London.
Diploma in Attachment, Psychoanalysis and the Couple Relationship, Tavistock Centre for Couple Relations, London.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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An initial consultation for couples lasting one hour costs £50, to be paid for at the end of the session. We can then make a decision about whether we wish to work together and if not I can refer you on to another qualified professional.
If we decide to work together I prefer clients to commit themselves to six sessions to have enough time to talk through and get a better idea of where the problems may lie. It may be that six sessions is enough, however, together we may decide it is important to continue and to deepen the work. The fee for sessions after the consultation is by negotiation but will cost around £50.
The fee for individual work is £45 an hour.
Sessions last for an hour and take place on the same day,at the same time and in the same place every week.
Around one in five people in the UK suffer from anxiety, one third from anxiety or panic attacks and the same number from depression at some point in their lives. Two thirds of adults say they have experienced mental ill health at some point. In the midst of this pain people wish the illness to be acknowledged but also wish to deny it because of its bad reputation.
In the context of a relationship of mutual trust and respect difficult thoughts and feelings can be expressed. Once they are understood, ways can be found to detoxify them in order to bring back harmony, vitality and creativity in both the individual and the couple.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Ring or email me to have an initial conversation at the end of which one option would be to arrange a consultation. Alternatively if it's helpful I may be able to signpost you elsewhere.
Types of client