Dr Richard Smith, C.Psychol, Counselling Psychologist
I am a Chartered Psychologist with a doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology. I also have a BSc honours degree in Psychology from Lancaster University and an MSc in Occupational Psychology. I have extensive NHS training and experience within primary care and secondary care services.
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.
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), psycho-dynamic and existential therapy. I have a particular research interest in using dream analysis as part of the therapy process. In addition, I draw a great deal of information from how we present in the therapy space in order to draw relevant parallels 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!).
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.
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|