Dr Richard Smith, C.Psychol, Counselling Psychologist
I am an experienced Chartered Psychologist with a Doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology. I have a BSc honours degree in Psychology from Lancaster University and an MSc in Occupational Psychology (workplace based psychology). I have extensive NHS training and experience within primary care and secondary care services dealing with mild to complex mental health problems.
I offer individual, couples and group therapy, treatment for depression and anxiety, personality problems, bi-polar disorder, OCD, PTSD, social phobia, trauma, phobias, anger management, relationship issues, sexual issues, and addictive behaviour.
What is my approach?
Firstly I believe in creating a supportive and safe place to come and express yourself without fear of judgement. No one size fits all so my approach is integrative, drawing from a host of different therapeutic offerings including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavioural therapy (especially for personality difficulties), psychodynamic and existential therapy. I have a particular research interest in using dream analysis as part of the therapy process which can help integrate the unconscious and conscious aspects to our everyday waking life. In addition, I draw a great deal of information from how we present in the therapy room in order to draw relevant parallels and repeating relational patterns with what might be going on in the outside world.
I put emphasis on measurable change where ever possible and see therapy as a way to move our lives on from our current "impasse" to a place where we would like to be, as long as this process is consistent with our values, is ethical and the desire is not incompatible with a productive and fulfilling life (surprisingly, this conflict is not uncommon!).
What to expect when we meet:
I would initially invite you in for an initial consultation, this will involve taking a personal historical account of your background (early experiences, subsequent formative experiences, family structures, support networks). We will then take a detailed account of your current difficulties and begin to explore reasons for coming to therapy and what you would like to work on.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions will vary depending on the complexity of your issues but typically patients with straightforward depression and anxiety can gain significant relief after 12-15 sessions.
How much do I charge?
I charge £145 per session but can offer concessions depending on personal circumstances, please contact me directly to discuss this.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (hons) in Psychology attained at Lancaster University.
MSc in Occupational Psychology attained at Cranfield University.
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Regents University.
Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and member of division of counselling psychology.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have expertise in business psychology (masters degree level) which may be of interest for those with occupational related issues such as stress and work through to personality assessments for career suitability.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Fees reflect my higher level of doctoral training and extensive NHS experience. As mentioned above, I charge £145 per session but can offer concessions depending on personal circumstances and advance payment block bookings.
If you are insured via Aviva, Cigna, Axa PPP, then the fees they cover you for may vary and I will need a policy number and an authorisation code.
I am also founder of a larger practice (The London Psychologist Clinic). There we can offer advice and prescribed medication through our Consultant Psychiatrist.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
7 am - 6pm Mon-Fri, 9 am -1 pm Saturdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|