Derek Smith (MBACP Snr Accred)
I have been working with clients in Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset for over 25 years: in GP surgeries, as a crisis counsellor for Employee Assistance Programme providers and in my own private practice. This wide background has given me a long experience to help adults through their difficult times.
But not everyone comes with crisis on their minds.There may be something niggling away at you which you just can't fathom out. Or it may be we need to explore old behaviour habits, attitudes and patterns blocking your way to leading a happier life.
Relationship problems, work issues or simply an overall sense of emptiness or sadness just might be chiming with long forgotten hurt. With over 10,000 hours' listening to women's and men's stories I have learned that earlier life events or emotions can often lie behind - and influence - how they view their current distress. Once these hidden or lost memories emerge through our talking together (even the best childhoods can still hold surprisingly painful episodes), understanding can begin. We can discover so much from fears, images, reactive feelings about this or that, clues appearing often when least expected yet later proving a turning point. A session somewhere down the line can suddenly 'join up the dots' to give us a clearer sense of what was present day confusion.
On a personal note, I have been divorced, survived a rare form of leukemia, travelled round the world and for several years co-hosted residential courses in Supervision Training run for Leicester University by Professor Michael Jacobs and Dr Moira Walker. I was given Senior Accreditation with BACP in 2011 and am a member of The UK Association of Humanistic Psychology.
If you are interested in discussing your concerns about any area in your life, and if you think I could be of help to you, please telephone either the landline or my mobile or click here to send me an email.
Everything is confidential: just leave me your name and telephone number and I will get back to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma London Central School of Counselling and Therapy
Certificate Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust in Counselling in Primary Care
Certificate in CSCT Counselling Skills
Certificate in CSCT Counselling Theory
Registered member United Kingdom Register of Counsellors (BACP)
Member of The United Kingdom Association of Humanistic Psychology
Certificate Dorset Drugs and Alcohol Advisory Service
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
My fee for individual client's is £40 per 60 min. session.
Working with a couple the fee is £60 per 90 min. session.
Occasionally reduced fee sessions may be available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9.30 to 5.30 Monday to Friday. Other times may be available subject to prior arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|