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I specialise in trauma therapy for issues such as PTSD from road accidents, surgical trauma, assault, abuse or military combat. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, relationship difficulties or struggling to cope can also be symptoms of less obvious unresolved trauma such as bullying, childhood neglect or violence.

EMDR is recommended by NICE and the World Health Organisation as an effective therapy for dealing with trauma but it is also a useful method for increasing self esteem and overcoming performance anxiety. Combined with Mindfulness and cognitive techniques I offer a therapy that is flexible and tailored to fit in with your individual therapeutic needs. I aim to provide a supportive environment in which to explore the issues that are troubling you and our initial session gives you an opportunity to ask any questions and for us to consider the most practical and fruitful way forward.  I am experienced in both short-term focussed therapy and longer term work. I approach my work with clarity, sensitivity and warmth, helping you to explore whatever aspect of your life you may wish to understand, take control of, or improve.

Many of us feel low at some stage and life seems to have a habit of throwing up changes and challenges that we have to deal with. Sometimes talking to friends and family can offer the support we need, but at other difficult times, it may be more helpful to talk with a professionally-trained and experienced counsellor with whom you can explore your feelings in a safe, secure and empathic space.

My clients come from all walks of life and bring varying concerns such as addiction, anxiety, bereavement, depression, post-traumatic or work-related stress, problems with relationships or sexuality. Some have suicidal thoughts, some are struggling with separation or divorce, while others need to talk about spiritual concerns and a life that has lost its direction.

I am committed to my own ongoing professional and personal development, through continuing therapeutic work and study. My work is fully supervised and insured and I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics.

As an Accredited EMDR Consultant I offer EMDR supervision for therapists at any stage of their training, from Part 1 to working towards practitioner and consultant accreditation.

Please feel free to call me on 07957 872992 or look at my website for more information on my practice: www.smartcounselling.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP Accredited counsellor with more than 15 years experience of working in a wide range of fields such as addiction, family therapy and a GP practice. I have been a tutor on counselling courses and I work for several Employment Assistance Programmes. I am also an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant, the therapy recommended by NICE and the World Health Organisation for PTSD and trauma related issues.

BA (Hons) in Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
BACP Accreditation
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
Specialised training in addictions


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Creativity/performance enhancement
Parenting skills
Rape/sexual assault
Teenage issues
Workplace and career: performance issues, stress, redundancy, bullying.


Additional information

My fee structure varies from £60-£95 depending on location and the type of therapy requested. I have a small number of lower cost places.

Further information

I work with individuals, couples and teenagers.

My London practice is at Staple Inn next to Chancery Lane underground station.

My Matfield practice is a 5 minute drive from Tunbridge Wells.


Staple Inn
High Holborn

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Catherine Smart

Catherine Smart