David Smart MA, MBACP (Snr Accred.), Member, FPC and BPC
Exploring feelings in a safe and supportive setting with a counsellor who listens without judging can help get clear what is important in your life.
Bereavement, redundancy, break-ups and other losses can lead you to take stock. The passage of time may bring unhappiness, dissatisfaction and uncertainty. For some the past has left a painful legacy that is hard to come to terms with on your own. As a parent, step-parent or carer you may be concerned about teenage or adult children; you may feel concern about family members who are growing older.
I offer a range of therapeutic help. Eight to twelve sessions of counselling can bring insight and change in relation to a specific issue. Wider-ranging exploration calls for a longer period of work. I offer weekly and in some cases twice-weekly appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally trained in counselling with the Minster Centre and subsequently with WPF Therapy. I have continued my professional development through courses with, for example, the Tavistock Clinic, the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling and the British Psychotherapy Federation.
My background is in work with adolescents and their families. I have worked with young people and adults experiencing physical and educational as well as emotional and social difficulties in the public and voluntary sectors.
I have senior accredited status as a counsellor/psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am registered as a psychotherapist with the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
I aim to develop my sensitivity to all individuals, bearing in mind issues of difference in class, culture, ethnicity, gender, physical constitution and sexual orientation. I work to the BACP, FPC and BPC codes of ethics.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
coming to terms with disability and ageing in yourself and others important to you
My usual fee for individual sessions is £45-£80. Reduced fee vacancies become available from time to time. The initial consultation is usually an extended session with a fee of £60-£120.
My practice is readily accessible by public transport, car and bike. It is a short walk from Herne Hill Station, which is served by Thameslink, by Southeastern trains to and from Victoria and by several bus routes. Brixton Underground, Denmark Hill and North Dulwich stations are 10-15 minutes away. Herne Hill is close to the South Circular and parking is readily available nearby.
I also work in Swiss Cottage/West Hampstead.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||French, German|
Types of client