About me

Life has its ups and downs and we all need help sometimes. If you are struggling with something and considering psychotherapy, I am here for you.

My name is David Smith, I am an existential psychotherapist, helping clients through the challenging times in life.

Careful listening with presence and compassion is the foundation of my work.   You are the expert on your experience and needs.   The most valuable solutions come from your own insights and discoveries.   My skill as a therapist is to lead you in a deep exploration of self,   building your clarity, your resourcefulness and finding solutions that bring meaningful and lasting change. As your therapist I will work with you every step of the way, to create a safe space for deep reflection, building a trusting and supportive environment in which anything can be expressed and explored. I am deeply devoted to my work and to the joy that comes through therapeutic discovery and change.

I have 20 years experience with a range of therapeutic approaches and I work from an existential foundation. I specialise in working with stress and anxiety, relationship problems, sexuality and gender issues, addictions, childhood trauma, bereavement, self acceptance issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • UKCP registered
  • Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (Regents University)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Regents University)
  • Foundation year in Psychodynamic counselling
  • Studied Gestalt Awareness Practices at Esalen Institute (California)
  • PhD Biological Sciences (Exeter University)
  • Worked at Maytree respite centre for the suicidal (2005-2010).

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.


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).

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Online £60 for 50 minutes

Concessions £40-£50 where available


August 2020 update. I currently have availability Monday-Thursday 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

The Avenue
Sneyd Park

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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