Chris Smith BA Dip MBACP
57 Taunton Road
Welcome to the site. I am an experienced BACP registered integrative counsellor supporting clients in the Lewisham and Greenwich area of southeast London.
I help people of all ages and backgrounds identify, process, and overcome painful feelings, issues and pressures which are increasingly part of life.
I would like to reach out to anyone who feels counselling might be an overwhelming process, exposing painful memories and vulnerabilities. Please be assured that after an initial session with me you will feel at ease, supported and relatively comfortable talking about difficult things, maybe for the first time. My style is down to earth and frank with your care and wellbeing the focus.
If you are experiencing anxiety, complex emotions, relationship problems or issues connected to family, work, health or self image, we will explore whatever is going on, and together work on finding ways forward. Often we do not always see our own 'bigger picture', so with the counsellor's extra perspective, you can get a clearer view of where things have been going wrong and what you can do to Bring about positive change. This might mean finding a specific solution to a problem, moving on, or gaining confidence and helpful insight.
The counselling environment, in my house, is warm, safe and welcoming where you will not feel judged or criticised. Of course, everything discussed in sessions will be treated with total confidentiality.
Our work together will begin with me listening your story. We will also discuss what you would like to achieve in our sessions and any changes you hope to achieve going forward. Currently I am working with clients with some of the following issues.
- Managing anxieties, low mood and stuck or negative thinking
- Relationship difficulties and relationship coaching
- Understanding and coping with addictions and risky, harmful behaviour
- Feelings of shame and self criticism and life without purpose
- Anger, frustration and conflict
- Feelings of loss bereavement and loneliness
- Problems relating to work, school or university
- The ageing process and coping with change
Working integratively, I draw from a range of theories and therapeutic models which I feel will best help you to gain insight into what has shaped the way you feel and behave. In the course of the sessions you will experience greater self awareness and more authentic sense of self along with the 'powers' to make things happen the way you want.
Meaningful change takes time and this will vary, of course, depending upon each individual. I will work open-endedly for as long as you wish however, some clients can expect helpful progress within shorter periods, maybe 10 sessions or less. I aim to be flexible and will work, as far as possible, to accommodate your needs and circumstances, which includes offering sessions at the weekend as well as weekdays and evenings.
Working within the BACP ethical framework, my principal concern is for your safety and wellbeing and to ensure you receive the most appropriate help and support, (which may mean we discuss alternative, more appropriate treatments).
I believe everyone should have access to wellbeing support if they need it and should not be discouraged by cost or difficulty in accessing NHS services such as CAMHS and IAPT. Therefore, in order to make this service more accessible, I charge a fair rate of £35 per session daytime and £40 after 5.00pm in the evenings and at weekends. My sessions last a full hour rather than the usual 50 mins. I also welcome enquiries from counselling students, schools and other organisations.
As a first step, may I suggest you contact me and we will arrange a time to meet for a first session, when you are most welcome to ask any other questions about me or the process. If you then feel I am not what we need go no further. I will endeavour to be flexible over time and see you at your convenience where possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified integrative therapeutic counsellor (CPCAB diploma) and registered member of BACP. I attend regular continued professional development sessions and have certification in solution focused therapy, couples therapy, attachment disorders and working with children and young people. I have been seeing clients privately (in a comfortable private room) and in schools since 2012. I have also been working with young people and staff at the Brit (performing arts) School in Croydon.
Before this I spent 30 years working as a teacher/counsellor and personal development coach in a number of London schools, often with children and young people affected by emotional and behavioural problems.
I have extensive experience relating to: self image, examination pressure, worries about the future, bullying, self harm, drugs and alcohol abuse, sex and relationships including gender and sexual orientation.
If you are possibly interested in exploring counselling as a way forward but are not sure, please feel free call me, with no obligation, and I will answer any questions you may have. There are a number of convenient bus stops within 2 mins walk. Hither Green and Lee mainline stations are 10 mins walk and there is easy car parking close by.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also deliver a specialist program for young people who may be having difficulties at school (THE WELLBEING WORKOUT).
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
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My fees are £35 per session daytime up to 5.00pm and £40 per session evenings and weekends (for a full hour).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I do not have wheelchair access but am prepared to visit the client at home when appropriate.
I will do my best to see you as soon as possible and at a mutually convenient time, which includes evenings and weekends if necessary.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|