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About me

Hi, I'm Amy. I'm a down-to-earth, empathic counsellor, offering you a space to feel heard, understood and never judged. I can help you make sense of your life and how you feel - exploring how your past impacts your present and how to move toward a better future.

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.

I trained in integrative counselling which means understanding and utilising a blend of therapeutic theories. I have a person-centred foundation and integrate psychodynamic, relational and existential approaches.

My pronouns are she/her.

How I can help

Therapy is different for everyone but I have helped past clients:

  • Reduce feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Increase their self-worth and self-care
  • Improve communication and relationships
  • Process and adapt to life with chronic illness and disability
  • Increase capacity to cope with life's challenges
  • Generally feel 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 (NHS College)
  • BACP Accredited Certificate in Counselling Skills

I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

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 various angles on 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

  • Chronic illness & Disability
    I support clients in processing experiences around becoming ill, diagnosis and living with chronic illness and 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 always experiment with what works best for you.

  • LGBTQ+ friendly and affirming. I have worked with clients who identify across the range of Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity.

  • Body positive and understanding of fatphobia

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

From £30.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Standard fee - £45

Concessions available to those on low or no income on a sliding scale down to £30

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

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Please still enquire if you require a session outside of these times, as slots do become available.

Further information

I offer a free 30-minute consultation 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.

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

Brighton
East Sussex
BN41

Gillingham
Kent
ME7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Amy Smith, Integrative Counsellor (MBACP)

Amy Smith, Integrative Counsellor (MBACP)