Simon Docker

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About me

Welcome, I am the founder of S.M.D Counselling & Psychotherapy Services which is based in Newport, South Wales. I have over 20 years experience working within the field of therapy, within private practice and the third sector.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Diploma In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Postgraduate Certificate In Counselling Person Centred
  • Attained at University of Wales, Newport
  • Snr. Accred M.B.A.C.P (British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Senior Accredited Supervisor


  • UKRCP -United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists
  • CCYP - Counselling Children and Young People
  • UK EAPA - Employee Assistance Programme

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

S.M.D Counselling Services can provide Counselling / Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Counselling is a helping process involving a confidential talking relationship between a client (or clients) and the counsellor.

The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for the client to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way. The term counselling includes work with individuals, pairs or groups of people. The objectives of particular counselling relationships will vary according to the clients needs.

Counselling may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insight and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others.

The counsellors role is to facilitate the client's work in ways which respect the clients values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination.


Our 'cognitive processes' are our thoughts which include our ideas, mental images, beliefs and attitudes. Cognitive therapy is based on the principle that certain ways of thinking can trigger, or 'fuel', certain health problems. For example, anxiety, depression, phobias, etc, but there are others including physical problems. The therapist helps you to understand your current thought patterns. In particular, to identify any harmful, unhelpful, and 'false' ideas or thoughts which you have that can trigger your health problem, or make it worse. The aim is then to change your ways of thinking to avoid these ideas. Also, to help your thought patterns to be more realistic and helpful.

Most courses of CBT last for several weeks. It is common to have 10-15 sessions, but a course of CBT can be longer or shorter, depending on the nature and severity of the condition. In some situations, CBT sessions can be done by telephone.

CBT has been shown in clinical trials to help ease symptoms of various health problems. For example, research studies have shown that a course of CBT is just as effective as medication in treating depression and certain anxiety disorders. There may be long-term benefits of CBT as the techniques to combat these problems can be used for the rest of your life to help to keep symptoms away. So, for example, depression or anxiety are less likely to recur in the future. There is good research evidence too to show that CBT can help to improve symptoms of some physical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

What is the difference between CBT and other talking treatments?

CBT is one type of psychotherapy. Unlike other types of psychotherapy, it does not involve 'talking freely', or dwell on events in your past to gain insight into your emotional state of mind. It is not a 'lie on the couch and tell all' type of therapy.

CBT tends to deal with the 'here and now' - how your current thoughts and behaviours are affecting you now. It recognises that events in your past have shaped the way that you currently think and behave. In particular, thought patterns and behaviours learned in childhood, However, CBT does not dwell on the past, but aims to find solutions to how to change your current thoughts and behaviours so that you can function better in the future.

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Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Cigna
  • Vitality

Additional information

Please contact me for the full price list:

S. M.D Counselling services, cognitive behavioural therapist.

Direct line: 07709084611


GP & Company Referrals Welcome

Private practice in Newport, Cardiff, Chepstow-Caldicot and Lydney.

When I work

8am -8pm

Further information

How will your counselling begin?

The initial meeting is called an assessment appointment this provides an opportunity to explore what it is that brings you to counselling.

Comments and Suggestions

I very much hope that you will find your personal counselling through S.M.D Counselling Services a helpful and rewarding experience. I welcome evaluative comments about the service, whether they are of a positive or negative kind.

Counselling / Psychotherapy / Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

S.M.D Counselling Services can also offer Supervision to Therapists in all Healing Professions I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision attained at University of Wales, Newport.

Welcome to contact us by post or telephone or email.

S.M.D Counselling & Psychotherapy

Beechwood House

Christchurch Road

NP19 8AJ

Direct line: 07709084611

The main office is available for a radius of 50 miles of Newport

Evening and weekends are available in all offices.

SMD Counselling Services, Beechwood House, Christchurch Road, Newport, NP19 8AJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)


In person

Supervision is offered at SMD Counselling Services Snr. Accred M.B.A.C.P British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy Senior Accred Supervisor

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Simon Docker
Simon Docker