Chris Smith BA Dip MBACP
Welcome to the site. I am an experienced BACP registered integrative counsellor, supporting clients in Lewisham, Greenwich and southeast London.
I help people of all ages and backgrounds identify, process, and overcome painful emotions, worries and uncertainties which detract from enjoying the fruitfull life we are all looking for.
I would like to reach out to anyone who feels counselling might be an overwhelming process exposing painful memories and vulnerabilities. Everyone is vulnerable and can benefit from support at one time or another. 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 counselling style is down to earth and compassionate, with your care and wellbeing the primary focus.
If you are experiencing anxiety, debilitating emotions, relationship problems or issues connected to work, health or self image, we will explore these feelings, finding where they originate, and work out ways forward. Often we do not always see our own 'bigger picture', so with the counsellor's extra perspective, we can get a clearer view of where things have been going wrong and what we can do to bring about positive change. This might mean finding a specific solution, changing our thinking, or gaining helpful insight.
The counselling space is a cosy private room in my house, 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 your story and a discussion about what you would like to achieve or gain in our sessions going forward. Currently I am working with clients with some of the following issues.
- Managing abusive manipulative relationships
- Pressures experienced by younger people
- Getting closer to finding an authentic sense of self
- Managing anxieties, low mood and stuck or negative thinking
- Understanding and coping with addictions and risky, harmful behaviour
- Feelings of shame and self criticism and life without purpose
- Anger, frustration and conflict
- Complex post traumatic stress symptoms
- Feelings of loss bereavement and loneliness
- Problems relating to work, school or university
- The ageing process and coping with change
Working integratively, we will be drawing from the most appropriate therapeutic models and methods which have been developed over the last hundred years. Together we will help you overcome your mental discomfort and to start living a life more in line with what you may have expected or feel you deserve.
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. 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 flat rate of £40 per hour. 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 can then arrange a time to meet for a first session, when you are most welcome to ask any other questions about me or the process.
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 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.
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.
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Accredited Register Scheme
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My fees are £40 per session (for a full hour).