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About me

Have you ever felt lost or alone and not known where to start with a situation? Or maybe there are patterns or sadness in your life that you have never felt able to understand or work though. Sometimes being heard in a compassionate and safe environment can help us make sense of things.

I am a therapist and specialise in both addictions and trauma (EMDR Practitioner), and more recently developed my skills in sexology. 

I started my career as a Mental Health Nurse in 2003, which gave me lots of experience in understanding a wide range of mental health problems, and how these not only affect the individual, but also family and friends. I love listening to people and understanding every person I meet own individuality and story. I work from a holistic perspective and like to look at the bigger picture to gain clarity, and have a firm belief that with some support we are all our own experts. I like to work from a position of empathy and understanding, and help create hope, by working with achievable goals and focusing on personal value systems.

During my career as a nurse and therapist I have set up several treatment specific pathways for services, to respond to need and demand including a trauma and addiction treatment pathway, several family support groups and a community programme for the management of chronic eating disorders. My aim is to meet you in the place you are in and collaborate a pathway.

I work on both a short and long term basis with clients dependant on needs and circumstances. I work with an integrative model, and like to be present, dynamic and creative to ensure my clients have a service that fits their need.

I love working with diversity and value the experience of working with different cultures, ages, genders and faith groups. I have maximised this my taking all oppertunities to travel both for work and leisure to gain insight into different cultures and ways of living.

Training, qualifications & experience

University of Southampton, Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (2003-2006)

Registered Mental Health Nurse (NMC registered since 2006)

University of Bath, Diploma in Addictions Therapy (2008-2011)

Addictions Therapist (NCAC), Accredited with Addictions Professionals (2013)

EMDR Academy, All 4 parts EMDR (2020)

NAOS Institute, PG Cert in Clinical Sexology (2021)

CORST Professional Affiliate Member (2021)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

Addiction Professionals

Addiction Professionals

Addiction Professionals is a voluntary registration body and network for the addictions sector. We have a growing and diverse membership of practitioners working in the addictions sector, including behavioural addictions.

Fees

£100.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees

Free 15 min telephone consultation for all enquiries.

£100 (per 50 mins of psychotherapy or EMDR)

£140 (per 75 mins)

I generally recommend therapy weekly, but at times will increase or decrease this, dependant on need. Please do contact me if you have any questions around fees, concessions can be considered for low earners.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I can be flexible with times and have both day time and evening appointments.

Further information

Please contact me if you have any questions, I am willing to be flexible in my approach and am happy to sign post to specific services and other professionals if felt of value.

Type of session

Online

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Bethany Ashley-Smith

Bethany Ashley-Smith