Colleen Smith MBACP
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.
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 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
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
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
Exploring Trauma, Dissociation & Creative Interventions in Trauma Work
Solution Focused Approaches Parent – Professional
Transitions for children with additional needs
Helping Adolescents and Adults to build Self-Esteem
Working with Children in their World
Advanced Child protection Training
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)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- 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