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 just 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.  A session somewhere down the line can suddenly 'join up the dots' to give us a clearer sense of what was present day confusion.

So, if you are interested in discussing your concerns about any area in your life, and think I could be of help to you, please telephone 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.

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

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My fee for individual client's is £45 per 60 min. session.

Working with a couple the fee is £60 per 90 min. session.

Availability

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

Wincanton
Somerset
BA9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Derek Smith

Derek Smith