Barb Smith MBACP Counsellor and Supervisor
Whether you simply want to spice up your life, to learn new things about yourself, your relationships or are searching for tools and direction to transform challenges into meaningful and happy livings, counselling can help you get the life you desire. I will guide you to shift old habits, unlock your potential and learn to love life all over again. What's stopping you from living the life you desire?
The change is within reach.
I would love to hear from you!
Whether you are looking for personal counselling, relationship counselling or professional training, I'm here to help you achieve your goals.
It really is an investment in yourself. Counselling is a valuable resource where, together, we can take time to think and talk openly. I am 100% motivated to support you. I believe that changes in mind-set, awareness and behaviour, even small but consistent ones, work wonders.
I have been a qualified therapist for many years, running a private practice and volunteering as a counsellor for charities. I also co-run a Counselling Training school and support other counsellors in Supervision.
My work with couples uses the very gentle and effective therapy called Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. This has proved to be highly successful over the last 30 years.
My work is holistical and integrative, I tailor my approach to suit you because you, like everybody else, are unique. So, depending on what currently feels difficult for you, I may work with theapeutic models such as Person Centred (providing a safe, confidential space), CBT (looking at thinking and behaviour patterns) and / or Psychodynamic (looking at relationships) models.
Over the years, I have worked with a wide variety of issues including relationship and family issues, anxiety, worry and depression, caring, bereavement and loss, trauma, rape, sexual abuse and many others.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and the BABCP - my work is informed and guided by their codes of Ethical Practice and Professional Guidelines.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
ICEFT Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples.
ReWind technique for trauma.
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
Curently working on Zoom or phone.
The first half hour of the initial session is free, without any obligation to continue.
Individual sessions; £50.00 per 60 minute session.
Couples counselling; £70.00 per 90 minute session.
Single session one-off therapy including x2 emails; £90.
£55 per 1.5 hours
£40 for counsellors in training and those working in the voluntary sector.