Claudia Smith

Margate CT9 & London NW5
07368156381 07368156381 Registered / Accredited

About me

I offer a private and confidential space where you can learn about yourself and be held in your experience, whatever that might be. My psychotherapeutic perspective places you, your unique qualities and your individual needs at the centre of the work. Working from a Humanistic Integrative approach makes this possible in that I am continuously cultivating a range of skills from various approaches which enable me to best meet your needs. I consider you as a integrated ‘whole’ made up of body, mind and spirit as well as being in constant relationship with your surroundings. It is important to be able to hold all of these aspects of human experience at once and with equal importance.

My approach integrates learning and skills from 5 years of psychotherapy training with 700 hours+ experience and more than eight years practicing as a yoga teacher. Alongside this I have a background in the arts which means I am able to work from a holistic and creative perspective.

Psychotherapy can be helpful for a range of issues. Here is a brief list of things that you might be seeking help for:

Anxiety
Bereavement and Loss
‘Breakdown’
Depression
Loss of meaning
Panic attacks
Questions about your faith and spirituality
Relationship issues
Self Esteem
Stress
Trauma and abuse

Whatever your needs there is an overarching principle that we have a deep and instinctive, perhaps even spiritual, drive towards our fullest potential. The challenges that life throws at us offer opportunities to expand and deepen our awareness in order to live more fully in life and in our relationships.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist with a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (CCPE) in Paddington, London.

I am UKCP Accredited and abide by their rules. I also practice in accordance to the BACP Code of Ethics.

My approach integrates learning and skills from 5 years of psychotherapy training with 700 hours+ experience and more than eight years practicing as a yoga teacher. Alongside this I have a background in the arts which means I am able to work from a holistic and creative perspective.

Please scroll down for a selection of work experience, qualifications, workshops and seminars I have undertaken that I feel are relevant to my practice.

Some environments I have worked in:
FreshStart Psychotherapy, A community Interest Company offering low cost, long-term psychotherapy. Paddington.
Women and Health, Women’s community-based health centre offering NHS funded, short-term Counselling and Psychotherapy. Camden.
The Caravan, Drop in counselling and psychotherapy service. Piccadilly.
Neuropsychiatry Outpatient Ward, Kent and Medway NHS. Sevenoaks.

Qualifications:
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP & BACP)
RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher)
Fine Art BA (Hons)

Conferences and Seminars:
Lasting Love with Esther Perel – The School of Life
Shame Matters Conference – The Bowlby Centre
Yoga for the Mind Conference – The Minded Institute

Certificates:
Nonviolent Communication, ‘Connecting in Conflict’ with Yoram Mosenzon
Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills from WPF
Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training with Uma and Nirlipta Dinsmor-Tuli
Well Women Therapy with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Wild Power: Embrace your menstrual cycle, reclaim the feminine path to power with Alexandra Pope, Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer
Yoga for ME and Chronic Fatigue with Fiona Agombar

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies

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Fees

£70 for a 50 session. We will meet weekly, unless agreed otherwise.

If you are interested in therapy but uncertain whether you can afford it please do get in touch so we can discuss a concessionary rate (depending on availability) which we will negotiate at the time of assessment.

Further information

Assessment
We will have an initial assessment where we will explore your needs and whether I am the right person for you to see. Each therapist comes with their own skillset so should I not be the right therapist for you I will point you in the direction of someone better suited.

Availability
My working hours are between 9am – 7pm on Tuesdays (Paddington), Wednesdays (Kentish Town & Paddington) & Thursdays (Camden).

Please get in touch for further information and availability.

North London Therapy Rooms
McCrone House
155A Leighton Road
London
NW5 2RD

Hawley Health Centre
7-9 Hawley Square
Margate
Kent
CT9 1PF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Spanish - although I have a good hold on the language I would not conduct the session in Spanish.

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

At CCPE only.

Availability

Paddington -Tuesdays pm & Wednesdays pm
Kentish Town - Wednesday am
Margate - Thursday & Friday

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Claudia Smith

Claudia Smith