Hayley Smith MSc, MBACP
I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in private practice in the heart of Leamington Spa.
Taking the first steps into therapy can feel daunting - particularly at a time when you might be struggling to make sense of difficult thoughts and feelings and perhaps wondering why you seem to repeat unhealthy patterns. So it’s important to take the time to find a therapist who feels right for you and with whom you can hope to build a relationship of trust.
As a psychodynamic practitioner I am interested in how your past relationships and experiences connect with and shape how you relate to yourself and others in the present. Working non-judgmentally and in a confidential and reflective space, my role is to help you make sense of how you function psychologically. I will work with you to help you gain new perspectives: to change how we do things we need to try and understand why we do them. Gaining an insight into how our past may have shaped us helps us better understand the deep-seated patterns by which we – often unconsciously – live our lives. When we begin to reframe our experiences there is hope for greater self-awareness and emotionally healthier ways of being and relating.
What Issues Can I Help You With?
I have experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of issues. Some of the issues I can help you with include:
- Low self-esteem/self-worth
- Relationship issues
- Early childhood trauma
- Suicidal thoughts and self-harm
- Academic and workplace stress
- Fears of being trapped in 'unhealthy' patterns
- Feelings of being 'stuck'
- Coping with life transitions, such as: moving home; beginning university or a new job
What happens next?
I welcome you to contact me by email or phone using the contact details above. I will get back to you as soon as possible to suggest a time for an initial telephone consultation. Speaking in advance gives you an opportunity to briefly outline your difficulties and to ask any immediate questions you may have.
Towards the end of the consultation we will discuss the possibility of arranging a one-hour assessment session. The assessment is a two-way process for both you and I to consider if we might be able to work together.
Any further sessions will last 50 minutes and would typically be scheduled on a weekly basis.
Fees for the assessment and ongoing sessions are given below.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications:
- MSc (Distinction), Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy, Birkbeck, University of London.
- Post Graduate Diploma, Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy, Birkbeck, University of London.
- Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills, Birkbeck, University of London.
Alongside my private practice in Leamington Spa I am a counsellor at the University of Birmingham and I also volunteer at a central Birmingham charity which offers free and low-cost counselling within the community.
Prior to establishing my practice in Leamington I was a counsellor at Birkbeck College, University of London. Birkbeck specialises in part-time and evening study and many of my clients were often managing full-time jobs and families alongside their studies.
Before training to be a psychotherapist I worked for many years in London in the broadcasting industry and therefore have extensive experience of working in corporate and creative environments. The crossover of my two careers has developed my particular interest in mental health support considerations for those involved in high profile activities that might leave them exposed to intense public scrutiny.
I volunteered for a number of years - before and during my training - with the Central London Samaritans where I provided support via phone, face-to-face, text and email. I also had the opportunity to engage in outreach work which included presenting mental health talks to secondary-school pupils across London.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
IVF - including those embarking upon IVF or IUI and managing their experience of being in treatment, such as consideration and concern of appropriate treatment, the "two-week wait", fears of both 'success' and 'failure' and deciding how many people to tell. This is a complicated and delicate area which might leave both men and women at times feeling powerless and alone.
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15 minute telephone consultation: Free
Initial one hour session (assessment): £55
Ongoing 50-minute sessions: £50
Please note, my consulting room is in a building with stair access only and is therefore unsuitable for wheelchair users.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer both daytime and evening appointments, subject to availability.
Types of client