Heather Smith MBACP(Reg)
I am a BACP Registered Counsellor based in Warrington who specialises in working with women who are perhaps struggling with confidence, anxiety, lost identity and the emotional and physical aspects of menopause. I use a blended approach where I will give you the space to talk and share your experience, alongside working together to equip you with the tools and strategies to help you manage day-to-day.
I have practised for over ten years, and additionally work with both individuals and couples presenting with a variety of issues that are all unique and personal to them.
I work in a Psychodynamic way, which might mean taking care of old beliefs that stem from childhood and looking at them with your fresh adult eyes; relabelling negative beliefs you may be holding onto; and, ultimately unlocking the past to put some meaning and understanding into how it is affecting your present and ultimately your future.
I explain to all my clients that choosing the right counsellor is the most important part of the counselling process. Here are 3 reasons that I might NOT be the right counsellor for you:
1. I will encourage you to do a bit of homework!
I firmly believe what we do between counselling sessions is just as important as that hour of face to face contact each week. My counselling approach very practical in its nature; in sessions we will work together to explore the stuff that has been holding you back, and we will work on practical ways to put meaning behind it to find better ways of managing it in the future. Between sessions, you will start to put into practice these tools and strategies; we might agree that you start a bit of journal writing, try out new ways of thinking about stuff, or even explore a bit of mindfulness meditation. So, when I say ‘homework’, it’s really not so bad.
2. You will get the unedited me
I don’t change my personality in the counselling room; I don’t adopt a clinical ‘therapist’ persona. It is likely that you will share really personal stuff in your counselling sessions, you will explore things that are difficult and traumatic, you will share the authentic you - so the very least you can expect, and deserve, from me is… well…me!
3. I will never promise you a quick fix
Every individual comes to counselling with something unique to them, and if you’ve got to the point where you’re considering therapy, then what you’re going through is pretty important to you, and deserves some time. What I can say is that my approach is one of the more directive and practical therapies, and my clients tend to experience some level of change within 6 sessions. Some have that light-bulb moment after just three, and others need that safe space for longer to really make lasting change for the future.
If you’d like to find out more about how counselling may help you, then give me a call or drop me an email and we can book your free 30 minute consultation. Remember, this is your time and investment in yourself, so choosing the right therapist is vital. I will answer any questions you might have, we can work out if my approach is the most effective for you, and hopefully put you at ease a little as you embark on your counselling journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Transactional Analysis
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
- ABC Diploma in Theory & Practice of Psychodynamic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practice
- ABC Certificate in Person Centred Therapy
- Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
Individuals and Couples:
Initial telephone/skype consultation
Free of charge
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments during the evening and on a Saturday are available if required.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|