Angie Smithson BA (Hons) Reg. MBACP
I am an experienced person-centred psychotherapist offering a safe confidential and empathic therapeutic space to adults seeking support within one to one therapy. My approach as a therapist is to offer humanness and a non-judgemental attitude to foster the optimum conditions for a positive therapeutic relationship. I believe this attitude can best support your progress, and to ensure this I will draw upon my knowledge of theory gained in training and the use of creative practical skills. These skills have fine-tuned through experience obtained working within a multidisciplinary team in several health care settings. I am passionate about my work within private practice and facilitating individuals to explore personal solutions in life at your own pace.
I work both long and short term with a variety of issues and embrace individuation, plurality and diversity within my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
My background working within numerous healthcare settings as part of a multidisciplinary team has incorporated therapeutic group facilitation, workshops, mindfulness, body scan meditation and detox acupuncture.
My focus has been on working with adults who are struggling with self-destructive behaviour. Such as addiction, co-dependency, self-harm, body image, suicidal ideation and post-traumatic stress disorder. Alongside working with dyslexia, autism, depression, grief, social isolation, anxiety, low self-esteem, and mood disorders.
I work at The Priory Hospital Group in the dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) team. Within this role, I deal with all mental health needs such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, addiction, eating disorders, depression, loss, bereavement, low-self esteem and low self-worth. I gain experience which supports my work in private practice and builds upon my foundations as a person-centred therapist, enabling me to work with dual diagnosis, borderline personality disorder or other mental health problems which may threaten personal well-being, relationships, safety or work. It is part of my hope to support individuals to identify and change negative thinking patterns and move towards positive behavioural changes.
- BA (Hons), Person-Centred Counselling, Essex University
- BACP Accredited DipHe Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from the University of Essex
- Pharmaceutical Dispenser Accredited by GPhC meeting DSQS
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.
- HND (Distinction) Three-dimensional design.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals: £60 per session (50 minutes)
£40 per session (50 minutes)
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework.
My commitment to professional practice is evidenced by my focus to undertake continuous professional development (CPD) which ensures I offer clients my best self. My personal development is also treated with regard and respect and I attend regular supervision in accordance with BACP guidelines.
I have professional indemnity insurance and a current enhanced DBS
If you are considering counselling please email or call me for an informal talk. I am happy to explore any questions or queries you may have or to book an introductory session.