Christine Smith, 2x Dip Couns , MBACP registered .
Hello, finding the right therapist can feel a bit challenging and I would encourage always to try a few different ones before you decide. You are welcome to contact me to ask any questions that you may have by email or text is the best way to do this and from there we can arrange to speak on the phone at a time that suits you. My clients have described me as easy to talk to and relaxed, though I do offer a free assessment which is a two-way meeting to see how we get along, so you can dip your toe in the counselling water with no obligation.
In the current climate of Corona Virus and the need to self isolate, I am pleased to offer Video Calling either by whats-app or face time. I do work with uni students Via this medium quite a lot already and it works really well.
Life can be tough sometimes and we all need a little help to feel better and it's completely normal to feel this way. You don't have to struggle through how you are feeling alone. I'm a counsellor that helps people with anxiety and depression to be able to cope better with life and feel more comfortable and relaxed. I can help you break through your anxiety road blocks, not sure why your feeling low - we can explore this together and find a way through,what can often feel like a maze. Getting support when you need it is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself. I am humbled by my clients ability to be able to work toward good outcomes, I have worked with many people from all walks of life and a saying that I love is that " how deep is the mud, depends on who you ask!". No too people are alike just as there are no snowflakes that are alike . Integrative Counselling is bespoke to your needs and is a collaboration to find what you need to feel better.
I work in Ramsgate Monday- Friday .I have some availability at the moment, do get in touch and I will do my best to find a slot as soon as possible.
When we feel heard, we start to heal. This sentiment lays at the heart of therapy for all of my clients. I offer top quality psychotherapy in a warm open peaceful environment, conducive to helping you move toward feeling better about your life. I work in both private practice and as an NHS Integrative Therapist, with many years experience in coaching services in addition to this.
You can expect my counselling to be real, genuine and respectful of your situation, giving confidential non-judgemental therapy, with empathy for your situation...which means I can put myself in your shoes and understand how you are feeling. I Specialise in Depression, Anxiety and associated difficulties, such as domestic abuse or low self esteem...Please see the full list for more information.
What is Integrative Counselling
It is a group of counselling modes that gives the counsellor knowledge of theories and techniques, that help the client to feel calmer and more able to manage their life difficulties. We all need a little help sometimes and counselling can help to alleviate stress, lift depression and or give techniques to help with symptoms. Integrative Therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client, in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. This means your therapy will be tailored to what you need, and more importantly, you will have autonomy, (we go where you want to), in your counselling.
Ethics & Safety
I work to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy code of Ethics and Practice. For more information please go to the BACP website. I hold full indemnity and public liability insurance and have an Enhanced DBS Certificate.
Low Income and students
I do offer concessions for people on low incomes ( with proof of benefits) and also for students. These are available for daytime appointments only.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered member of the BACP
Blackford Centre DIP COUNS
Canterbury College DIP COUNS
Art therapy 2016
Mind Mastery 2001
Relationship Mastery 2000
Life mastery 2000
Continuous Professional Development
Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse
Working with Shame
I enjoy working with people ages 17 upwards from all cultures and walks of life. My experience includes working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for the NHS. As well as being a registered practitioner, I have also been awarded registered member status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Prior to this I have coached clients from all over the world for the last 16 years.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In addition to the therapies above I am also able to offer support with bereavement, difficulties in relationships, separation and divorce.
I also have a special interest in helping to over come Psychogenic Non Epileptic Seizures also known as Non Epileptic Attack Disorder, Dissociative Seizures.
Health anxiety and Generalised Anxiety, low mood.
Free Initial Assessment: This is an opportunity to see how I can help and if you would like to work with me.
Individuals day time 10am-6pm: £40.00
Individuals evening 6-9pm: £40.00
Couples: £50.00 per 50mins Initial Extended Assessment: £75 75mins
PAYMENTS: Please note that fees must be paid at the start of the session in cash or by debit/credit card .