Cassie (CJ) Smith
Hi! My names CJ. I am an Integrative, person-centred psychotherapist and counsellor offering support face to face in Chorlton, South Manchester and online via skype/zoom.
What you can expect from therapy with me
Each person comes to therapy with their unique set of questions and motivations to seek therapeutic support. Whatever your reasons, my commitment is:
- to treat you with compassion
- to accept you unconditionally
- to be authentic in my relationship with you and t
- to empower you in achieving your therapeutic goals.
My aim as a therapist is to safely hold a therapeutic space for you as you explore issues which may be troubling you and to support you in your process of realising your full potential.
I am a professionally qualified BACP registered Psychotherapist.
I work in a person-centred, integrative, inclusive and relational way.
What this means is that:
- As a Person-Centred therapist I place the needs, wishes and beliefs of you, the client, at the centre of our therapeutic work together and work with where you are at at the present time
- As an Integrative therapist I am trained in a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches which address different ‘layers’ or aspects of experience. I draw on these approaches flexibly, as appropriate to the needs of you, the client
- As an Inclusive Therapist I strive work in an LGBT+ affirmative, accessible and intersectional way
- As a Relational therapist, rather than seeing you, the client, as an Island, I strive to understand your experience in terms of the therapeutic relationship between us and how this might mirror other relationships in your life
Whatever you bring to the sessions, I am committed to working in an empathic, non-judgemental and professionally informed way to support you.
I have particular expertise in supporting members of LGBTQI+ communities and others who experience social marginalisation, having worked in the LGBT+ charity sector for many years. What this means in practice is that I have a good understanding of how discrimination and social marginalisation experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary and queer people contributes to emotional stress.
I strive to work in a culturally sensitive way and commit to learning about cultures and identities outside of my experience when needed to support our therapeutic work together.
I offer a free, no obligation 30-minute 'taster' session. This is an opportunity for you to try out therapy with me, to ask any questions and to see whether you would like to work together- do feel welcome to get in touch about this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been practising as a counsellor/ psychotherapist since October 2017, when I began my training placement at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester. I qualified in 2018.
My qualifications are as follows
- 2018: Postgraduate Diploma, Integrative Psychotherapy, University of Central Lancashire, Distinction
- 2011: Master of the Arts, Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture, University of Sussex, Distinction
- 2006: Certificate, Counselling Skills (level 3), Manchester Adult Education Service, pass
- 2005: Certificate, Counselling Skills (level 2), Manchester Adult Education Service, pass
My counselling and psychotherapeutic work are informed by my 14 years of work experience providing emotional and practical support to people and communities, with a particular focus on supporting those who are socially marginalised. Alongside my therapeutic practice, I currently work as a Trans Advocacy Officer at the LGBT Foundation. Prior to this, I staffed an LGBT helpline and have experience working as a mental health mentor, disability support worker and youth worker in diverse LGBT Charity and University settings.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Alternative relationship styles
- Ethical non-monogamy
- Minority Stress
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
- Psychodynamic therapy
- I charge a sliding scale of £35-£55/ hour depending on your income and circumstances. This can be discussed during the ‘taster’ session or first session.You can find infomration on my fee structure on the 'cost' section of my website. I do not ask questions about or ask for proof of income. However, please pay what is appropriate to your income- this enables me to make my service accessible to those who need it.
- I offer fortnightly as well as weekly sessions.
- I reserve a limited number of pay as you feel ‘solidarity slots’ for people who identify in one or more of the following ways- as trans, non-binary, gender diverse, disabled and/ or a person of colour, who would otherwise not have been able to afford therapy. I make this offer because people from these groups tend to be more economically disadvantaged.
I offer fornightly as well as weekly sessions
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday 4-7 pm Wednesday 12-7pm, Thursday 9am-11am Friday 9am- 7pm Saturday 10 am-12pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|