Hayley Smithson

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

MBACP Pg Dip Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Penarth, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF64
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, my name is Hayley. I hope you find the information in my profile helpful in your search for a counsellor as I understand how overwhelming this can feel.

Life can be complex and we may all struggle from time to time. 

Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties with a particular issue such as feeling anxious about your work or generally feel anxious most of the time. You may suffer from a lack of self confidence or have a low mood or motivation. You may be adapting to changes in your life or coping with loss or bereavement. 

Sometimes it is not so easy to define exactly what is troubling you, but you just feel things could be better.

How I can help

As a counsellor I aim to provide a safe, non -judgemental space. I will endeavour to truly listen so that you will be heard and understood as we explore the issues that are troubling you. 

I am an integrative therapist which means I incorporate a range of techniques and counselling theories from my training, experience and continued professional development tailored to best suit your needs.

At the heart of my practice are the person-centred core values of empathy, nonjudgemental acceptance and congruence and all my work is greatly informed by a compassion focussed lens.

My aim in sessions is to work collaboratively with you at your pace. I believe we all have internal resources and an innate potential and I will work to facilitate you in drawing on them.

As a relational therapist, I value the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping you to bring about the meaningful changes you want to have a more fulfilling life, or in developing more effective ways of coping. This may simply be feeling more at ease with yourself or making choices that help you with where you want to be.

My areas of interest

My areas of interest are in helping people with low self-esteem and in managing anxiety as I am aware, from both personal and professional experience how these common mental health issues can significantly impact the quality of people's lives.

I am also interested in helping people cope with loss in all its different contexts, including bereavement. I also work as a counsellor in a community hospice helping clients diagnosed with life limiting illnesses, their significant others and those bereaved and have found this work to be humbling and deeply rewarding.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have much experience in working with people from a caring perspective having previously worked as a doctor in the NHS for over 22 years, almost 18 of which were in the Specialism of Sexual and Reproductive health.

Relavent Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Level 7) USW  
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling skills  USW 
  • Certificate in Counselling studies (Level 3) CAVC 
  • Counselling skills (Level 2) VGLL 
  • Diploma in Psychosexual Medicine IPM
  • MB BCh Medicine - Cardiff

I am always learning through my personal and professional experiences and my commitment to continued professional development (CPD)

Examples of some relevant training and CPD include:

  • Brief solution focussed therapy -July 2022
  • LGBTQ+ Awareness training - June 2022
  • Using CBT tools - April 2022
  • Training in Bereavement counselling - John Wilson - September/ October 2021
  • Dementia Friends awareness training - March 2021
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone counselling - Counselling Tutor June 2020/ Update January 2022
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training ASIST - February 2020
  • Transactional Analysis 101 USW - November 2019
  • Autism Awareness - March 2019

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer a free 20 minute initial phone call for you to find out a bit more about how I work and for both of us to see if we could work together. Please email to arrange a mutually convenient time for the call.

I look forward to hearing from you.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I work face to face from my therapy room in Penarth.

Penarth, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF64

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms

Hayley Smithson
Hayley Smithson