Nicholas Smith UKCP Reg FPC WMIP - Couple and Individual Counselling

Nicholas Smith UKCP Reg FPC WMIP - Couple and Individual Counselling

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Birmingham
West Midlands
B14

07765 513321

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Birmingham
West Midlands
B14

07765 513321

About me

Couples counselling/psychotherapy

A committed relationship lies at the heart of many people’s lives but few couples live together for long periods without arguments or conflict which can threaten to undermine or end the relationship. In a healthy couple relationship, both can be open about the fact that there were times when they loathed each other and considered separating. Through overcoming 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 therapist listening in an impartial way helps in sustaining the dialogue when feelings run high. I can help identify repetitive patterns of interaction and link them to relationships and unconscious conflicts from early in life. Working together we can look at the pain and hurt that has caused the rift in the relationship with a view to seeing the road ahead.

Please email me or call me if you have specific concerns or questions.

Individual counselling/psychotherapy

With anxiety and depression at record levels in a world that can leave people feeling lonely and isolated despite the rise of social media, people can find it hard to find someone to talk to face-to-face about their fears and worries.  Adverse life events on top of the day-to-day pressures of work and family life can leave you feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope.  Those closest to you may be struggling with you so it can be helpful to have a professional to talk with during these times of difficulty.

Please email me or call me if you have specific concerns or questions.

About me

I am an experienced psychotherapist who has worked extensively with individuals, couples and groups for over a decade.  I am a fully registered member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy), and a member of the West Midlands Institute for Psychotherapy as well as the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling.

My approach to counselling/psychotherapy draws on all aspects of my trainings. My training as a group therapist means that I keep the groups you belong to (family, work, friends etc.) in mind. The systemic approach (a pragmatic view that acknowledges the importance of difference and the realities of people's current life situations) gives me a broader picture whilst the psychodynamic approach (which looks at how past experiences and relationships, particularly early ones affect present day relationships, consciously and unconsciously) is taken into account.

I undertake short and long-term therapy contracts depending on the needs of the individual or couple.

Training, qualifications & experience

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 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 initial training over seven years was as a Group Therapist at Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) in London, and I was in my own therapy throughout.  I have worked with groups as a trainer and practitioner ever since, most recently at the Group Therapy Centre, in Cambridge.  I worked in depth with individuals in the course of my training, and further developed my experience in this area in working with patients referred by GPs whilst working for MIND as well as with other organisations.

My practice now runs out of Kings Heath, Birmingham.

Qualifications

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

UKCP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Individual Therapy
Couples therapy
Group therapy

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Fees

Your initial consultation as a couple will last for a full hour and 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.

The fee for individual work is £45 for a full hour.

If we do decide to work together I prefer people to commit themselves to six sessions to have sufficient time to get a better idea of where the problems may lie.  It may be that this is enough, however, together we may decide it is important to continue and to deepen the work.

Sessions take place on the same day at the same time and in the same place every week whenever possible though I can be flexible where people are working shifts.  I expect people to let me know at least 24hrs beforehand if they cannot make a session and I will endeavour to rearrange our meeting to minimise the disruption to the work.

Further information

General information: Anxiety and Depression

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

Birmingham, B14

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

If you have any questions I'm happy to have a conversation, you can ring or email me whichever you prefer. I'm available for daytime and evening appointments, Monday to Thursday.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
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