Dr Harriet Smith; CPsychol, DPsych, PgDip , AdvDip, MSc, BSc.
Harriet is a qualified couples therapist, an experienced counselling psychologist and lecturer on systemic family and couple therapy at Bath University and The University of the West of England. Harriet combines private practice and work within a specialist NHS mental health team working with adults who have complex mental health needs.
Harriet is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society. She has been working therapeutically with adults and families for over ten years.
Training, qualifications & experience
Harriet specialises in working with couples and individuals facing relationship distress and difficulties. Her work frequently involves helping people and families experiencing parenting difficulties, issues of infidelity, conflict and disagreement and coping with separation and divorce.
She also works with individuals who have found themselves stuck or struggling to make the changes they would like to enhance their lives.
Harriet is skilled in working on a range of psychological and emotional difficulties from issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal problems, panic disorders, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex trauma and personality issues.
Her doctoral training included training in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and relational therapies.
Since then she has also done significant post-doctoral training in specialist therapies. These include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mentalisation Based Family Therapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive therapy
Individuals=£85 per session
Couples/Families= £110 per session
Harriet is trained in a number of different approaches including couples therapy, systemic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). More recently Harriet has trained in Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) a therapeutic approach developed by the world-renowned Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. MBT-F supports families to learn how to communicate and problem solve in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
Harriet's approach is based on an individual assessment and understanding of someone's presenting difficulties which often requires an integrative approach. She believes that time spent developing a shared understanding of the causes and maintenance of difficulties is essential and that therapeutic progress is best achieved collaboratively.
She believes in an integrative approach using a range of therapeutic models (e.g. cognitive behavioural, systemic,) combined with psychological theory to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.
If you would like to find out a bit more about me please don't hesitate to call or contact me via the web form. I usually suggest that we arrange a time to talk over the phone so that you can ask some questions and get a better sense of my approach.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer sessions on a Tuesday evening or a Friday morning
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|