Emma Smith - Dip. Counselling MBACP & Accred. Cert. EFT Practitioner
Bury St Edmunds
Welcome to my profile, I am a fully qualified Integrative Counselling Therapist. My approach to counselling is a very open one; I tailor the work with what my clients need at the time. Counselling is an opportunity for personal growth and self-development. My approach emphasises developing self-awareness within a safe, supportive environment to help you discover the path in life that is best for you. I work on both a short term and long-term basis with adults only.
My aim is to provide you with a relationship built upon trust, openness and honesty, where you can feel accepted without judgement. A counsellor will not give advice or offer the answers to your problems but will remain alongside you and help you find your own way forward. Working from a Humanistic approach, we will focus upon what is happening for you in the present; however, past and previous relationships clearly affect our present so these are explored as they arise. I take the lead from my client and work at their pace and challenge when appropriate to facilitate different/new perspectives and to help increase self-awareness.
My experience encompasses a diverse range of issues including (but not limited to) bereavement and loss, grief, loss of a pet, loss of a career, loss of a relationship, gender indentity, low self esteem/self worth, relationship issues, family issues, feeling lost or stuck, domestic abuse, childhood abuse, addictions, anxiety, being heard, betrayal, clarity, depression, self harm, traumatic life events, childhood trauma, work related stress.
I know taking the first steps to seeking therapy is not always an easy decision, but I hope to make this process as comfortable as I can for you. Along with my private practice I also assist at local hospices and Cruse working with Bereavement & Loss and charity work in Domestic Abuse.
If you choose to contact me, we will first arrange for a free telephone consultation, this gives you the opportunity to tell me what you are seeking counselling for and you can ask any questions that may be on your mind. If you decide to go ahead with therapy we can arrange an initial assessment session.
What to expect in your first session.
The purpose of the first session is to meet each other and decide whether we can work together. Attending the first session does not mean you have to commit to therapeutic a contract with me.
I see my first meeting with a new client as an assessment session. I normally ask a number of questions to gain a good understanding of what brings you to counselling and identify your therapeutic needs. This is important so we can identify together how therapy can be useful to you. Additionally, in the first session, I explain how I work (for example confidentiality, cancellations, holidays, fees) and what you can expected from me.
The first session is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions about my role, experience and training as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor as well as Counselling/Therapy in general.
I work in Bury St Edmunds & Sudbury.
Training, qualifications & experience
AAMET Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
level 2 DBT Essential skills
Foundation course breathwork practitioner
Diploma in Emotional Intelligence NLP Practice
Diploma in Mindfulness Based CBT
Diploma in Life Coaching
Diploma Child Psychology
Access to Higher Education Diploma in Counselling
Level 2 in Awareness in Bereavement care, the foundation course through Cruse Bereavement Care
Certificate of Achievement in an introduction to Safeguarding Children
Certificate of Achievement in Safeguarding Children
Certificate of Achievement in Safeguarding Children with Disabilities.
Understanding ME, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME & FIBROMYALGIA. How to work with Eating Disorders, Understanding Traumatic Bereavement. Practical Skills in Gestalt, Practical Skills in working with Trauma, Patrick Casement "Knowing and not knowing in the consulting room." Introduction to Mindfulness. Understanding and skills in working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Working with the Inner Child 1: Discovery, Working with the Inner Child 2: Skills, Co-dependency: the need to take care, Conflict Resolution, Mindfulness Practitioner Day Retreat, Working creatively in the counselling room, Foundations of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (Windy Dryden and Nicola Martin), Existential Freedom. How to be real and find meaning (Emmy Van Deurzen), Working with Trauma (Child and Adult survivors of complex trauma, sexual violence and domestic abuse) – Christine Sanderson. CPD by COSRT: College of Sex and Relationship Therapists: The Fundamentals of working with Couples. Lottie Passel-Syms. Personal insights into attachment theory with Sir Richard Bowlby.
I am committed to my own continued professional development and regularly attend further training to enhance my practice. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their guidelines for ethical practice, which ensures client wellbeing and safety. I attend regular supervisory support for my client work and I have been awarded the BACP certificate of Proficiency.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
All new clients can book a free initial telephone consultation.
Initial Assessments are for one hour at a fee of £45 (individual) £70 Couples. There is no obligation to continue following assessment.
Folllowing sessions: 50 minutes duration.
I can offer early morning, late evening and weekend sessions £55 individuals and £80 couples.
Some concession sessions are available.
Choosing the right therapist is an important part of the process.
If you are interested and think that I can support you then please contact me by phone or email and we can have a preliminary chat (there is no charge for this). I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
We would then meet for an initial session; again this would be a chat to see how I can help and how we could work together. You may also have further questions for me. This session is really for you to assess whether I am the right practitioner for you. If not, then this is absolutely fine and I will respect any decision you make.
If we decide to work together I will give you a contract which is essentially a practical guideline for the framework of therapy. We will also agree upon how we will work together which can always be re-negotiated dependent upon your needs.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and Evenings and Saturdays
Types of client