Firstly I would like to show my admiration for you making this courageous decision to look for help.
I know how it feels to be stuck within the world, within yourself. To suffer great sadness and hopelessness.
I too, once sat in the client's chair and can appreciate, how significant taking this first step is...
Relationships, connections are so powerful within our world.
Have you ever thought about the relationship you have with yourself?
At Bulb Therapy , I walk alongside you, providing you a safe space to find new meanings, and a greater awareness of who you are and how together we can tackle your difficulties effectively.
Training, qualifications & experience
Let me begin by introducing myself, My name is Charlotte Smith and I am a fully qualified and experienced Integrative Counsellor.
When I think of my life, I think it is sufficient to say , that it has indeed been colourful.
Through all my difficulties and personal struggles, I always had a love for life and a love and need for meaning in this complex world.
My background is in teaching and supporting young people who have severe learning difficulties or whom have experienced trauma. I have also worked within the Performing Arts Industry.
My work and life experiences, both good and bad have enabled me to be here, right in this very moment, which I am eternally grateful for. I have always had a passion for the human mind and behaviour and how this shapes our lives.
All my experiences provided me with the knowledge, meaning and tools to help others.
Following five years of education , training and extensive personal therapy of my own, I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor and since then have continued to work within the public sector whilst expanding my private practice. I have also provided training within educational environments to help with the many mental health issues young people face and how we can support them.
I have a special interest in trauma, sex and love addiction and domestic abuse.
I have a deep desire to always learn and evolve. My love, my passion is ``people``. I adore our individualism , how unique we all are and how important it is to listen, to empathise without judgement or assumption.
I believe you are the expert, the author of your own story and together with my professional and personal experiences, we will discover a greater understanding of who you are, that enhances a positive, holistic way forward, together.
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
“The first step towards change…“
The first session is an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns in a safe place, and explore how, together we can tackle them effectively.
It is also a chance for you to get a sense of my working style and have the opportunity to ask any questions.
If I think my service is not appropriate for you, I will be happy to recommend alternative sources of help.
How long is a session ?
A standard therapy session lasts 50 minutes. Usually each session will be at the same time upon the same day each week. However due to individual circumstances, I can offer flexibility where available.
Fees are charged on a per session basis.
Individual – £40.00
Concessions for Students/Low income – £30.00
Payment is made to myself at the initial meeting by cash. I do not have a facility to take credit/debit card at the initial session.
If you decide you would like further sessions, you can pay for further sessions either in cash or online by direct bank payment.
I can provide you with the details for bank payments, if this is your preferred payment method for further sessions.
Integrative Counselling can help you to resolve, understand and accept a wide range of issues which maybe causing you concern or distress, such as self- injury, anxiety or depression to name a few. It can help you to find your meaning, self-awareness and self-worth to help develop your relationships, achieve personal goals or overcome personal difficulties and struggles.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress”. Frederick Douglass.
My tutor once said to me:
“Charlotte it is not in the good, easy times that we grow, we change, it is in those dark, difficult moments that we do”
I hold onto these wise words as there is so much truth within them. Attending counselling can be hard and challenging, however by offering you a safe space, to explore and dissect yourself I believe sincerely that change and growth is possible.
You are not alone. Together we will move forward.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it”. Helen Keller