Diane Smith MBACP
I have many years of experience as a counsellor and regularly work with clients who struggle with Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, panic attacks, Family related issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anger management issues, Couples/Relationship issues or gambling addiction.
I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and cover Harrogate, Knaresborough and surrounding areas of North Yorkshire. I work in an empathic, person centred way with my clients needs at the forefront of all work I undertake.
You may be looking for counselling because you are struggling with anxiety, a relationship or family issue, It could be that you simply feel that you have identified issues that you felt you had dealt with and now want to make changes to your life and would like some help, support or to speak to someone who is impartial and not a friend or family member.
I have experience of working with a variety of individuals with a diverse and complex range of issues and dilemmas that are causing distress in their daily lives, from young adults through to the elderly. I am able to use my training and experience of different modalities of theory from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), short term dynamic therapy, psychodynamic therapy to relational work to help individuals understand and work on their issues.
A good, trusting counselling relationship is important to help you to overcome problems, to help you understand and overcome difficulties in life. I ensure that counselling provides an opportunity for you to make sense of your life experiences. Working together we can explore problems that have arisen and work out new coping strategies to ensure good emotion resilience in future.
I have the ability to understand the needs of my clients and feel that offering a confidential and non-judgmental space to explore issues helps to build a trusting and open relationship. This can then help my clients to gain full insight and self awareness about their issue, the role they play, which then enables them to look differently to issues causing stress and anxiety.
If you feel it's time to move forward, then please contact me to discuss your concerns and to arrange an initial assessment.
During our initial assessment, we can then work together on the best way to help you move forward with your life. This might mean meeting for regular sessions however, some clients find that just one session is enough to gain clarity about your issue.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma HE in Therapeutic Counselling Level 5 (DIPHE)
- Certificate in Counselling & Therapeutic skills
- Portage certificate for working with Individuals with Special Needs
- Child Sexual Exploitation Certificate
- Certificate in CBT
- Sand Tray Therapy
- Gambling Addiction Training
- Certificate in Couples Work
- Negotiator Training
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am able to offer workplace counselling and can bring my services to your organisation. A happy workforce is a more productive workforce and noticing when staff are struggling with issues and being in a position to offer support demonstrates to the employee that they are a valued member of staff.
I am able to offer workshops for small groups in relation to stress, anxiety and coping strategies.
I can offer counselling to clients with gambling problems and partners of gamblers who have been affected by the results of gambling
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Fees are £45 per 50 minute session for individuals, which is payable in cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.
- Fees are £50 per 50 minute session for couples, which is payable in cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.
- If a session is missed with less than 24 hours notice then the full fee is payable.
- Anxiety Issues and Generalised Anxiety Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Couples Work
- Low self-esteem & lack of self-confidence
- Bereavement / Loss
- Effects of Childhood Trauma
- Eating Disorders
- Panic Disorder
- Affairs and Betrayals
- Self Harm
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Suicidal related issues
- family issues
- Separation and Divorce
- childhood issues
- Gambling Addiction
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am flexible with my appointment times and always try to accommodate my clients needs. I work evenings and daytime as I realise that being flexible is important to my clients.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|