Nick Smith UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE - all sessions now VIDEO CONFERENCE or TELEPHONE
Until further notice all sessions will be carried out on the telephone or through a secure online video conference platform. You will not need any special software to access the online system but will need a smart phone or a computer.
If you would like to work on the phone I can call you back if you are not on an unlimited calls package.
If you would like to discuss us working together then please get in touch by phone or email.
UKCP accredited psychotherapist with over 14 years in full time private practice. Offering individual psychotherapy, counselling and supervision.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapist - Association of Independent Psychotherapists (AIP)
Member of The Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA)
Advanced diploma in Hypno-psychotherapy – (National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy)
Consulting rooms in Pitchcombe near Stroud, Gloucestershire.
To book an initial session or to speak on the phone you can reach me on 07966 582320 or email using the button on this page. If I am unable to answer the phone I will endeavour to call you back on the same day usually within a few hours.
I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy sessions on an open-ended basis or for an agreed period.
I also offer supervision to other practitioners.
The first session(s) can be used to explore in confidence what brings you to therapy and whether psychotherapy might be what you need right now.
I have experience in helping people who have had difficulties with stress, anxiety, drug induced psychosis, relationships, panic attacks, bereavement, depression, addiction, personality disorders, and more.
I also work with people trying to find a greater meaning in life, those needing help with life transitions and people who are feeling stuck in their life, their relationships or their spiritual practice.
Psycho analytic psychotherapy or counselling?
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy aims to create a safe and contained space where people can get to know their internal world and can revisit the internal formations that make up who they are.
Becoming consciously aware of these internal formations and processes, and developing the capacity to think about them, means that the internal world can begin to change, mental / psychic growth can occur and unhelpful and unnecessary limitations can be moved beyond.
As our relationship with ourselves deepens and develops, at the same time our experience of the external world and our external relationships develop and deepen including our relationship with life itself.
Symptoms can be seen as a sign of an internal imbalance and they will often disappear or become more manageable during this process.
amongst other things it may be helpful if:
you are depressed, anxious or stressed
you want to improve your relationships
you suffer from panic attacks
you live with eating disorders
you have experienced loss or bereavement
you are confused about your sexuality
your life seems to lack meaning
you want to develop your potential
you suffer from obsessional thoughts
you feel held back by inappropriate anger or lack of confidence
you suffer physical problems with no clear physical cause
Counselling does not necessarily aim for long term psychic development although development can certainly occur through counselling. It is more concerned with providing a space to think about and reflect upon certain problems or difficulties that someone is experiencing.
It can be greatly beneficial to have a space where you can bring what is upsetting or troubling you and for it to be thought about together in a non-judgemental way.
I offer sessions from a straw bale roundhouse in my garden in Pitchcombe.
An initial consultation, or a series of consultations can be used to decide whether Psychotherapy or counselling might be appropriate for you at this time.
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist was with the Association of Independent Psychotherapists in London.
I am a full member of UKCP and The Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA)
I have been working as a psychotherapist in full time private practise since 2004
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Initial consultation fee is £55.
I offer some reduced fee spaces for those on a low wage.