Chris Smith MBACP (Accred.), BSc(hons), Adv. Dip., PG.Dip
Due to CV-19 and the increasing number of clients experiencing financial hardship I have taken the decision to offer a reduced rate of £25 for telephone based therapy and the option of digital face to face therapy for the foreseeable future for all new clients. This change to fees and the medium by which therapy is delivered will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
All face to face appointments will now be offered via the above options until face to face appointments are deemed safe for both client and clinician.
At times in our lives it is inevitable that we might find ourselves struggling with our day to day experiences. When these problems might originate in our past experiences and manifest in our current way of living it can be helpful to seek therapy to talk them through or process them.
With a passion for working with depression, trauma, and with neurodivergent clients and those experiencing distress around gender I provide a warm and safe environment. A typical session lasts 50 minutes and would involve one to one work on a weekly basis at the same time each week.
My approach is psychodynamic, that is we would explore how our current situation might be coloured by past experiences. By exploring such experiences we encourage a growing awareness of our ways of interacting with other people and our experience of ourselves. I aim to deliver this in a human and genuine manner, believing that this can assist the process of therapy.
I can also draw on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to address anxiety and depression. This model is recommended within the NICE guidelines, and seeks to address difficulties through the lens of our thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
Our work together can be short-term if required or longer term depending on the agreed purpose of therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained an advanced diploma in Psychodynamic psychotherapy from the University of Cambridge in 2011, becoming an accredited member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2015 (MBACP accred.)
My training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy was completed in 2014 at the University of Cumbria.
In addition, I hold a degree in Psychology from the University of Teesside
Since 2010 I have worked in both the NHS and charitable organisations as a psychotherapist in both short-term and longer term client work.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Due to CV-19 and the increasing number of people experiencing financial difficulties I have taken to reduce my hourly fee to £25 for all new clients via telephone/digital face to face for the foreseeable future. This will be reviewed in line with developments regarding the virus and the economy. Sessions typically last 50 minutes.
Sliding scale for fees are available in cases of financial difficulty.
There is no fee for cancelled appointments if cancelled with at least 24 hours notice.