Emma Smith BA (Hons) FdA. Registered. MBACP
As you are viewing my profile, the chances are that you are looking to find confidential and non-judgemental support through a difficult or challenging time, equally, you may be interested in self-development and curious to know more about 'who you are' in the world...
Reaching out for support is the first step toward positive change...
I offer an initial, 50 minute, consultation and during this first session you will have the space to share your personal story, to explore what you would like to achieve from therapy and we can then tailor your sessions to suit your unique requirements.
A Relational and Therapeutic Relationship...
Key to a good outcome in therapy is a solid therapeutic relationship, emotional well-being depends on having satisfying mutual relationships with others and this concept will be central to our sessions.
Exploring and ultimately understanding yourself more fully within the therapy room will enable new ways of being to emerge that will have a direct and positive impact on your relationships and ultimately your life.
It is important to say that I will not give advice or tell you what to do, you are the expert in your life! My role as your therapist is to be an active companion on your journey of self discovery which, at times, can be challenging but ultimately rewarding.
Individual face-to-face Counselling...
As individuals we have both Choice and Responsibility - I am aware that this concept can seem challenging - however, through my work I have been privileged to witness how my clients developing self-awareness and understanding of themselves ultimately has a positive outcome for their lives and relationships.
I have experience working with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, low mood and depression, loss and bereavement, addiction, and relationship challenges, gender issues and gender Dysphoria, and OCD. However, this list is not exhaustive and you are unique, as are your concerns.
It doesn't matter if you are a heterosexual couple living together, married, gay, straight or transvariant. I am here to help. I have experience working with people from all different backgrounds, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or age.
An intimate/romantic relationship is one of the closest we have. Choosing a partner and staying together through life's inevitable twists and turns is rarely straightforward.When we get married, or commit to a long term partnership and maybe choose to raise a family together, it is no surprise that this adds to the complexity.
Whether you have the occasional conflict, full-blown arguments or have simply stopped enjoying each other - very few relationships are conflict-free. When our relationship begins to flounder, often our mental, physical and emotional well being suffers.
While for many of us our first instinct is to try and work through problems alone, it can be of great benefit to seek outside support with an experienced therapist who can help you both explore your issues in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment. Perhaps you are considering premarital therapy prior to making that next step. Wherever you may find yourself, I look forward to hearing from you and to supporting you in moving toward positive change in your relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Counselling.
FdA Humanistic Counselling – Person-Centred Therapy – Gestalt therapy – Existential Philosophy.
Level 1, 2 and 3 Counselling Skills and Theory.
Youth Counselling Service. Surrey PCT, Jarvis Centre. Guildford. Client group: 12 to 24/one-to-one. (September 2010 - July 2011)
Working Together to Protect and Safeguard Children - Module 1
Couples Counselling - Part 1, 2 and 3
Fundamentals of Couples Counselling - Module
Communication and Difference within Couples - Module
Certificate in CBT Skills
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- 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
Transgender and Gender Dyshporia
How to make an appointment:
I offer appointments during the day/evenings on week days, and Saturdays.
You are welcome to email me using the link at the top of my profile. Or, call me on: 07704 219495 to make an appointment or to arrange an informal chat on the phone prior to meeting. I may have my phone switched off if I am working, so please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Each appointment / session lasts 50 minutes. Our initial consultation offers an opportunity for you to see how I can help you to achieve what you want from counselling, then we take it from there.
My clinical experience has highlighted that it is advisable to attend a minimum of 6, consecutive sessions, at which point we can review your therapy needs moving forward. This is not obligatory and your autonomy is respected, however, this early commitment often indicates whether a more open ended way of working would be beneficial, or it may be clear at this point that you feel better equipped to progress in your life without further intervention.
£55 per 50 minute session for individuals.
£75 per 50 minute session for couples.
(Concessions and student rates available)
Each person will be treated equally: my aim being to ensure that you are respected as a unique individual without judgement or discrimination and regardless of age, gender, culture, faith/religion, disability, background/culture or sexual orientation.
Homestart Volunteer. Help for families with children under the age of 5yrs. (March 2007 - August 2008.)
Samaritans Volunteer. Help for those suffering from emotional distress. (September 2008 - December 2009.)
SAAVS Surrey Appropriate Adult Volunteer Scheme (Training). Help for under 16’s or vulnerable adults brought into custody as a detained person. (September 2009 - March 2010.)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available for daytime and evening appointments, also Saturdays.
Types of client