Clare Smith MBACP Accredited
28 Brooklands Way
I am an experienced, caring counsellor and I offer a safe environment to work through your issues. I have a private therapy room in my own home.
It is important to find the right relationship for you, so come and see if you feel comfortable.
I have 18 years of a broad range of post qualification experience, working with many clients from varying backgrounds and cultures. I work with adults 1-1 and couples. I also see young people from 12 years. I am BACP accredited.
In times of stress, life can overwhelming. It may be hard to cope when problems such as depression, anger, anxiety, difficulty with social situations or work related issues keep reappearing in our lives.
My approach is integrative. There are different styles of counselling and I choose the style which seems most appropriate to the client at that time. I always begin by taking time to care for the client and understand his/her issues. This often develops into helping the client to understand family history or how the situation came about.
I believe that we all have the ability to change and grow. I can support you to make choices and changes by listening in an environment which is caring and non-judgmental.
I also have training and experience in working with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I use CBT when it feels appropriate to do so.
I have a flexible approach to the number of sessions. Usually we would work together on a weekly basis but as you begin to feel better we might agree to move to fortnightly appointments.
I have daytime and evening appointments. I usually work face-to-face, with individuals, couples and young people 12+. Occasionally I have been asked for a telephone appointment.
Some of the issues I have worked with are:
Work related issues, bullying, self-harming, confidence and self-esteem, bereavement, stress related symptoms, anxiety, panic attacks, life crisis, eating disorders, anger, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, trauma and relationship difficulties.
I have regular supervision with a qualified supervisor (in line with BACP ethical guidelines) and I share in a peer supervision group.
And a bit about me. I chose this road partly because of its quiet location. There is space in the road for parking.
I am married, with three grown up children who have all left home now. I taught in schools at one time, and then at a college, teaching adults.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2000)
BACP accreditation (2004)
Certificate in Couples Counselling (2007)
I also trained as a teacher- Cert Ed.
I have had training and experience in working with anger, abuse, bereavement, anxiety, stress, post traumatic stress, CBT, personal development and relationships. I have run courses in assertiveness and self esteem.
I trained as a counsellor in a GP practice and I have worked in a school as a counsellor
I work with individuals, couples and young people.
I continue with my professional deveopment on a regular basis.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with people with various disabilities
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
£45 to £70
I give concessions to students. Please ask me for further information.
I also offer EAP work to firms. I work for BUPA, Validium and Confidential Care and CIC
I am experienced in many areas of counselling and I regularly undertake further training to stay sharp and to offer my clients the best service I possibly can.
I would be pleased to work with you, whatever issues you wish to bring to therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available most weekdays and in the evenings at 7pm and 8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|