Abby Smith MBACP (BA Hons Counselling, BA Hons Crim/Psych, Dip CBT) Supervisor
"“Becoming free is learning about yourself; the scared and the insecure, the brilliant and the bold. Embrace both for the journey is yours and yours alone, but for a brief period, you may need another wandering soul, who can journey with you and share your load" (Riitta Klint)
We all face tough situations every day and normally we manage just fine, however there are times when life can get too much and our mind and body tell us that they are struggling to understand and can’t quite process what has happened. This is where counselling can help, as you have a space, where you can sit uninterrupted to try to make sense of your world, and the therapist is there to provide support, not answers (although when a counsellor and a client work together, answers are often found).
I am an integrative therapist, which means that I am able to offer different types of therapy depending on the needs of each client. At the core of my practice is Person-Centred Therapy, which places the individual and their experiences at the centre of the therapeutic relationship. I have over 15 years experience working with young people, individuals, parents and families in a variety of different settings. This has also included working with individuals who are seeking to explore their spirituality.
Effective therapy is about working with the client to find resolution and strategies that will not only help in the short term, but will provide the client with resources they can use throughout their life.
I am passionate about offering a professional and affordable service that is accessible to all, because I believe that therapy is able to help individuals maintain good mental health, build up emotional resilience and improve life satisfaction.
I offer a non judgemental, confidential, professional service and am also able to work with clients online, via the telephone and in their own homes.
Training, qualifications & experience
- First class honours BA degree in Counselling Studies.
- BA Honours in Psychology and Criminology
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Diploma in using CBT with Psychosis.
- Diploma in Professional Supervision
- Mindfulness and Self Hypnosis
- Freedom Programme
- Level 3 in Children’s Counselling
- Working with Depression
- Working with Anxiety and Stress
- Working with Substance Abuse
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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