Patsy Smith MBACP (Accred)
I have worked both in an NHS setting and with private clients, so the people I see come from all backgrounds and bring many varied issues to counselling.
Sometimes there may not be an obvious reason why you are anxious or depressed, but you know that with more insight things could be better. Or you might be troubled by a behavioural problem, a relationship imbalance, issues concerning work or illness, or a bereavement.
I work alongside clients to explore issues together, so that once we have more knowledge about the problem, we can begin to look at ways to make any changes you decide on.
I work psychodynamically or use a cognitive behavioural approach, depending on the person and/or issues.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling, and a post-qualifying certificate in CBT skills.
I regularly attend courses and workshops to ensure I am up to date with current techniques and research.
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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £45 per hourly session.
I am based centrally in Maidstone, with easy parking.