Gill Smith Reg. MBACP, Reg. NMC
Welcome. If you are reading this then you are probably seeking some support, and my belief is that counselling can offer you a uniqueness of relationship and space within which you can explore whatever troubles you. While it may seem scary to make that first approach the long term rewards can be life changing. I am an experienced counsellor registered with BACP and the NMC, adhering to the codes and ethical frameworks of each.
I fully understand that deciding to seek help in counselling can be a difficult step to take and the process can be challenging. With that in mind I aim to create a warm, honest yet empathic, non-judgemental counselling relationship, facilitating a space within which you can feel safe to explore your feelings, fears, personal difficulties or experiences and above all feel heard.
I value the uniqueness of each individual and through therapy encourage you to seek and find your own truths and pathway to a more fulfilled way of being and living. My counselling base is strongly humanistic and relational, but I also work with unconscious process, together with the impact our past can have on us now, in our present. I incorporate an element of mindful awareness into my work. I also draw upon the existential concerns, namely death anxiety, isolation, freedom and meaninglessness as I believe that they can be at the very root of our deepest concerns.
My private practice is in the Staple Hill / Downend area of Bristol. Should you decide to contact me we will have an initial meeting and decide together if counselling could be helpful. I offer both short and longer term work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip Humanistic & Intergrative Counselling with BCPC ( BACP accredited ) Reg MBACP
Dip General Adult Nursing Reg NMC
Research dissertation was on exploring Death Anxiety.
My life's work has been with people in various scenarios and it is important to me that we make that connection with each other.
I have had several years counselling experience within the NHS primary care setting and through that have worked with a broad age group of clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties. These include bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression, long term physical illness, relationship problems, sexual and domestic abuse, low self esteem, self harm and disordered eating. I also have an interest in supporting people who have a loved one with an addiction. I currently work with people who have had a cancer diagnosis. This in addition to my private practice.
I research all areas of my work and am active in my continuing professional and personal development accessing workshops and study days as relevant :
The Human Being Fully Alive - Seminar Brian Thorne
The Wounded Researcher - Seminar Robert Romanashyne
Working with Trauma - Trauma Foundation South West
Introduction to Mindfulness - Facilitator Dan Lupton
Talking about Dying - St Peters Hospice
Soulwork in Nature - Facilitator Rhonda Brandrick & Michael Connors
Motivational Interviewing based Health Coaching - 2 day workshop by Dr Tim Anstiss
Transforming Trauma - Heather Reddington
Working with Shame - Jonathon Fifield / Brene Brown
Working with Relational Trauma - Carolyn Spring
New ways forward in Mental Health - National Centre for Integrtaive Medicine
Loving an Addict - Candace Platton
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I can offer support to people who have a loved one with an substance addiction
£30 per 50 min session
Concessions for Senior Citizens, Students and unwaged.
I have come to working as a counsellor from a back ground in general nursing.
My own myriad of life experience places me in a position where I can fully appreciate the troubles and concerns which can befall us all from time to time. While I cannot know exactly how it is for you, as your experience is uniquely your own, I can accompany you empathically. Counselling is not about giving advice and my style is non-directive but I can work with you to understand and know your own way.
There is on street parking outside my practice. Alternatively it is very near to several main bus routes from Bristol and Bath, No 7, 49, 17 & 319.