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Derek Smith (MBACP Snr Accred)

Wincanton, Somerset, BA9
01963 34859 01963 34859 07931645499 07931645499 Registered / Accredited

About me

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

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.


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

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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 Unspecified


9.30 to 5.30 Monday to Friday. Other times may be available subject to prior arrangement.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Derek Smith (MBACP Snr Accred)

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