About me

Hi, I'm Amy (she/her). I'm a down-to-earth, empathic counsellor, offering you a space to feel heard, understood and supported. I can help you make sense of your life and how you feel - exploring how your past impacts your present, how to cope today and how you might move toward a better future - whatever that might mean for you.

I will take your feelings and issues seriously but I will also laugh and swear with you if that feels right for us! There can be humour and lightness in therapy, as well as challenging emotions and depth. I will be there with you through whatever comes up, with acceptance and compassion.

Client focus & specialist areas

I have worked with a range of clients struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships and other issues. I also have particular experience working with clients with chronic illness/disability, and those who are LGBTQ+.

Approach

I trained in integrative counselling with a person-centred foundation and integration of psychodynamic, relational and existential approaches.

How I can help

Therapy is different for everyone but past clients have experienced:

  • Reduced feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Increased sense of self-worth and self-care
  • Improved communication in relationships
  • Increased capacity to cope with life's challenges
  • Generally feeling better and more grounded in themselves - with more choices and hope

I work online and by phone. I offer a free 30-minute consultation to give you opportunity to see if you feel I may be the right fit for you (therapy is so much about the relationship) and how you find this way of working.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling (InterPsyche Training Institute - Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies; within NHS KMPT)
  • BACP Accredited Certificate in Counselling Skills

Experience

I was a Trainee Counsellor at Mind (Maidstone), seeing clients in their low-cost service, before opening my own private practice.

Further training

I undertake regular Continuing Professional Development. Recent short training has included courses on Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity,  Chronic Pain, and varied approaches to working with trauma and grief.

Member organisations

BACP

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

While I've worked with a wide range of clients, I have particular experience in these areas...

  • Chronic illness & Disability
    I support clients in processing experiences around becoming ill, diagnosis and living with chronic illness and/or disability - including ableism and medical gaslighting. I have understanding of various conditions including M.E, POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), Fibromyalgia, Hypermobility, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Long Covid etc

    If you need a session length shorter than 50 minutes this is not a problem. We can set a shorter session time (minimum 30 minutes) or be flexible dependent on your capacity on the day.

  • LGBTQ+ friendly. I have worked with clients who identify across the range of Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity. This includes clients who are non-binary and polyamorous.

I am also...

- Neurodivergent affirming with understanding of autism and ADHD

- Body positive and have understanding of fatphobia

Fees

From £35.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Standard fee - £50

Concessions available to those on low or no income on a sliding scale down to £35

Sessions are generally 50-minutes and weekly, but we can discuss what works for you.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I offer a free 30-minute consultation by Zoom or phone to see how we get on and if you'd like to proceed. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or if you'd like to book this in. I always endeavour to reply within 24 hours. On occasion my emails may go into the "junk" box so do check this if you are waiting on a reply.

Whether you meet with me or another counsellor, I wish you well on your therapy journey.

Hove
East Sussex
BN3

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

I can work via Zoom, WhatsApp video or phone - whatever is best for you. If you have a condition that makes a full 50-minute session not possible we can discuss alternative lengths. Through lived experience I have understanding of chronic illness.

Online platforms

Zoom
Skype
Amy Smith

Amy Smith