Annette Smith MBACP (Accred)
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and provide counselling to Adults, Couples and Young People and Children. I am based within the quiet village of Howwood, which is central to the Renfrewshire area, many towns in Ayrshire ,and only 25 minutes drive from Glasgow. I can offer both daytime and evening appointments and a few weekend appointments.
My counselling room offers a comfortable, quiet, relaxed environment for your counselling session
My approach to counselling is Person-centred, where I would offer a relationship with you based on trust and respect. I will provide you with the opportunity to explore many parts of yourself and your life, in an accepting, understanding and open way. Counselling can help you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself or your situation, provide new insights, help you to make difficult decisions and to help you to move forward.
I love my work as a counsellor and my interest in counselling was brought on by my own life experiences, and a desire I have always had to work with people in a helpful way.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Strathclyde University)
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People. (Edinburgh University)
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (Glasgow.)
I am An Accredited member of BACP. I am a PVG Scheme member
I have also completed the following Personal development courses
Person-Centred Couple and Family Therapy, Strathclyde University, (2011).
Scottish Mental Health First Aid, RAMH, (2010)
Working at Relational Depth, Strathclyde University. (2010)
ASSIST-Suicide prevention and first aid. RAMH (2009)
Play Therapy, Strathclyde University, (2008)
Working with Muslim and Asian Clients, Strathclyde University, (2008)
Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance, (2008)
Child Sexual Abuse, SWD Training Centre, (2008)
Supporting Children's emotional well-being. Place 2be, (2007)
Self Harm, Penumbra Self- Harm services, (2006)
In the past 11 years years I have had experience of working in the voluntary sector, within the school setting, and in private practice, where I have provided counselling to Adults, Couples, Children and Young People. I currently work in private practice, where I receive referrals from various agencies. I also work as a counsellor for the following organisations; MS Society Ayrshire & Arran where I provide counselling to individuals affected by MS. A charity supporting those affected by sexual abuse, where I provide Non-directive Play Therapy to Children, and Person-centred Therapy to Adults and Young People. I also provide counselling for a charity who provide support to those who have experienced traumatic loss through murder or suicide.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a very particular and significant experience of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD,Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Childhood Sexual Abuse and Traumatic Loss, I also have extensive experience of working with Young People and Children, and I incorporate the use of Play Materials, when appropriate.
My fee is £40.00 per hour for individuals and £45.00 per hour for couples, however I will consider a 20% reduction to students, and individuals on a low-income, which I will be happy to assess on our first meeting.
Please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone or email if you have any questions, or you would like more information on the services I provide. There is also a link at the top of the page to my website, where there is more detailed information about me and the type of counselling I provide. Thank you for taking the time to read my listing on counselling directory.