Barb Smith MBACP Counsellor and Supervisor
Everyone goes through difficult times and we can all benefit from a little support in handling challenges. I believe that counselling is something we probably all need at some point. It really is an investment in yourself and I provide a totally confidential, supportive environment. Counselling is a valuable resource where, together, we can take time to think and talk openly. I am 100% motivated to support you.
I have been a qualified therapist for over twelve years, during which time I have run my own private practice as well as a volunteer counsellor for a bereavement service, Age UK and SEFTON Choices, supporting clients.
I work holistically and integratively, tailoring my approach to suit you because you are unique. So depending on what currently feels difficult for you, I may work with theories such as Person Centred, CBT (looking at thinking) 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.
My work with couples uses the very gentle and effective therapy called Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. This has proved to be highly successful.
I am the co-owner and tutor of a training centre offering courses on Counselling. Please feel free to contact me to chat about any of these courses.
As a qualified Clinical Supervisor I also support other Counsellors and Therapists.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and the BABCP and 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
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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.
Fees are negotiable for students and those on a low wage.
£50 per 1.5 hours
£40 for counsellors in training and those working in the voluntary sector.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
My counselling room is a purpose built room overlooking a private, secluded and peaceful garden.
From 8am to 7pm.
Types of client
Supervision & training
My core training was Integrative, the strands of this model were Person Centred, Psychodynamic and CBT.