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Colleen Smith MBACP

Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16
07859 414 376 07859414376

About me

Experience

I set up my small independent private practice “Family Support“ in 2012 having previously worked in a variety of aspects and positions in educational settings supporting children and their families for over 22 years. I am based in Wiltshire, covering Swindon, Cirencester and Malmesbury areas.

I went onto train as a integrative person centred counsellor which means that I believe that our relationship is key and my focus is based around understanding your needs and that I am led by you at your pace. Being able to offer counselling enables me to reach and support more children, young people and adults at a deeper level.

I am passionate and about the health and welfare of children, families, parents/carers, young people and adult well-being. Currently I volunteer with Wiltshire Treehouse which is a wonderful charity for bereaved children and young people.

Interests

I have a compassionate, hardworking nature which has led me to train further in  Mindfulness, Reiki and Relax Kids, enabling me to assist and support those in greatest need this allows me to dip into my expertise using a variety of best fit techniques and skills many of which are creative-dependent on client’s lead, all of which can help to provide better outcomes and alleviate stress and anxiety.

I am a strong believer that our body, mind and spirit are all interconnected. I have undertaken lots of training around the importance of ACES- Adverse Child Experiences and the impact on our mental and physical health. I have a keen interest in disability.

Customer service is paramount within my practice, a non-judgemental approach is vital work ethic to me, along with encouragement, compassion, respect and kindness. I undertake regular up to date training to stay ahead and have a special interest in the latest in neuroscience which is vital in understanding how best to respond to children and young people who struggle with their behaviour along with bereavement and attachment.

As well as running a private practice I work closely with over 10 Swindon Schools, individuals and other organisations in a variety of ways offering 1:1, group work, staff meetings, training, workshops and seminars offering support around trauma, attachment, anxiety, bereavement, mental health, attachment play and well-being including mindfulness.

Our First Session

We will complete an assessment together and explore whether you are happy to work with me and how you would like to work. Parking is available.

Relax Kids

Relax Kids sessions for children, parents/adults, families, whole classes, and community groups, classes in the community, 1:1, and afterschool or lunchtime clubs. (The Relax Kids programme uses movement, games, stretching, breathing, peer massage, positive affirmations and visualisations, to help develop your child’s concentration, self-esteem and confidence, as well as improving their peer relationships and social skills, all whilst having lots of fun!) Relax Kids is not a counselling service but offers strategies to learn skills aiding emotional regulation.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training

I am a Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and my Registration Number is 098253

I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF) European Qualification Framework Level 5. Awarded by the CBCAB.

I also hold a BACP Certificate of Proficiency

Therapeutic Counselling Levels 1, 2 & 3

Post Qualifying Diploma Level 7 in Counselling Children and Young People

Being a trained and qualified counsellor, I adhere to the ethical framework and code of good practice of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk). I have both public liability and professional indemnity insurances.

I also have certificates of training in:

Certificate in the 'Rewind' technique for processing trauma

DDP 1-Attachment Focused Family Therapy

Mindfulness

Couples Counselling

Creative Therapeutic Visualisations

Mixed Creative Therapeutic Tools

Exploring Gaming Addiction

Creative Therapeutic Journaling

TRE - Tension Releasing Exercises

Youth and Well-being Creative Mindfulness Coach 8 hours

Relax Kids

Exploring Trauma, Dissociation & Creative Interventions in Trauma Work

Solution Focused Approaches Parent – Professional

Domestic Violence

Transitions for children with additional needs

Helping Adolescents and Adults to build Self-Esteem

Family SEAL

Working with Children in their World

Advanced Child protection Training

Reiki

I work In line with the code of ethics set out by BACP, ensuring that I receive monthly supervision and undertake at least 30 hours of CPD each year.

I have up-to-date Insurance and Enhanced DBS certificates (are available for viewing)

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & 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

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

  • I charge £50 per hour
  • £65 for Couples counselling per hour
  • It can work on 6-12 week blocks if this is helpful and I am happy to discuss bespoke packages
  • I have my own private counselling room overlooking the countryside, 13 miles from Swindon
  • Wheelchair friendly

Malmesbury
Wiltshire
SN16

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

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

Availability

Tuesday-Thursday 9am-7pm

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Couples
Organisations

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