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About me

Perhaps one or two of the following statements applies to you right now:

I feel anxious and overwhelmed by life.
I feel constantly worn out from excessive worry; I can’t seem to turn my thoughts off!
I am worrying from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed.
…and by the time I go to bed, already exhausted from worry, I still can’t sleep!
I am always telling myself that I am not good enough, and I feel that this is holding me back.
I feel like I’ve lost a part of who I am.

If the above sounds familiar, then you are in the right place.

Often we just simply struggle on, we try to ignore how we feel thinking that there’s always someone else that’s in a worse place than us, right? Wrong. Your experience matters to you and what you’re feeling is real, overwhelming and exhausting. Counselling offers you the space and time to invest in yourself, to explore and unravel the way we think and feel and give you the tools to help you live a more fulfilling and content life.

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. Using Psychodynamic therapy, coupled with CBT, we will work to understand how the past may be influencing your present situation and take on those negative thoughts that intrude on our daily life.

That might mean taking care of old beliefs that stem from childhood and looking at them with your fresh adult eyes; relabelling automatic 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.

Remember, this is your time and investment in yourself, so choosing the right therapist is vital.  I offer a free 30 minute consultation, which will give you the opportunity to learn more about how I work and what to expect from counselling with me, and hopefully put you at ease a little as you embark on your counselling journey.

Training, qualifications & experience

My approach is a blend of:

  • Psychodynamic Therapy (looking at how your experiences in the past might be affecting your present)
  • Transactional Analysis (looking at how you relate to others and focusing on relationships in your life)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (strategies and tools to equip you to tackle unhelpful thoughts and feelings that are happening in the here and now)

Qualifications:

  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practice
  • ABC Diploma Level 5 in Theory & Practice of Psychodynamic Counselling
  • ABC Certificate in Person Centred Therapy
  • Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision (current study)

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individuals - £40 per session

30 minute consultation via Zoom or telephone -no charge

Further information

A CONVENIENT OPTION


The world is online right now, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am proud and thankful to have been in a position where I could continue to offer counselling sessions safely in the form of online therapy.

Our online counselling sessions will use the secure Zoom platform and allow you to embark on your counselling journey from the safety and comfort of your own home. Additionally, working online saves you time as there is no travelling to a venue, you simply get comfy at home and all it takes is the click of a link for us to be together.

There is no need to worry if you are not too familiar with Zoom, as I will support and guide you through the very simple process of setting up and we will always have a back up plan if we are faced with any technical difficulties.

If you are unsure about how online counselling might feel like, there is the option for us to have a 30 minute introductory call together, where you can try out Zoom and experience what it is like for us to work together in this format.

Having trained as a certified online counsellor, training that is accredited by the National Counselling Society, you can feel safe that I approach this way of working thoughtfully and ethically.

Warrington
Cheshire
WA5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Heather Smith MBACP(Reg)

Heather Smith MBACP(Reg)