Ilona Smith (MBACP) Integrative counsellor. Dip Counselling; Clinical Supervisor
I am an integrative therapist which means I draw on different theoretical approaches and adapt my way working to meet your unique and individual needs. Fundamentally my approach is humanistic, or person-centred, which recognises that everyone, regardless of their life experiences, can develop a deep sense of self-worth, purpose and meaning.
Life can be challenging at times which can leave us feeling emotionally distressed, anxious, disconnected and overwhelmed. I offer you a safe space to reflect on yourself whilst receiving compassion, empathy, acceptance, honesty and support. Embarking on a journey of healing and self-discovery is one that takes courage, but the rewards are fruitful and can have a lasting impact on your life.
I believe that everyone, regardless of their life experiences, can heal from the challenges and traumas that life brings our way. Difficulties such as work-related stress, relationship problems, abuse, trauma, loss, addictions, sexuality and identity issues can cause emotional distress, depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, a lack of confidence as well as physical pain and illness. The Therapeutic relationship offers you connection and compassion and acceptance which are essential for personal growth, healing and a sense of inner calm.
I have been a qualified therapist for 12 years and have spent the last 14 years working with survivors of abuse and trauma. I am an experienced group work facilitator and spent 6 years delivering group work programmes to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. I currently write and deliver training to health care professionals working with trauma. I am a qualified clinical supervisor and a Mental Health Nurse. I have spent over 22 years supporting adults and children to overcome personal suffering, to heal and to develop a sense of empowerment over their own lives.
I personally engaged in therapy 17 years ago and found the therapeutic process to be profoundly life changing. This experience taught me the true power of healing through connection. The realisation that inner turmoil can be overcome with the right support inspired me to re-train as a therapist and re-ignited my passion to help others feel whole and integrated.
I am 44 years old and have a daughter who is 19 and has recently left home to study Drama at University. I have lived in Cornwall for the past 10 years and feel blessed to live in such a wild, stunning rural location. I love the outdoors and believe that connecting with nature can have a profound impact on our psychological and emotional well-being.
The Therapy Space
Choosing an environment for your therapy sessions that feels comfortable for you will help you to feel safe and more able engage in your therapy fully. I offer telephone, online and face to face counselling from a risk assessed venue. I also offer Ecotherapy which provides you with an opportunity to experience a deeper connection with yourself and with nature whilst being supported to explore your inner most thoughts and feelings. Cornwall provides us with a beautiful environment in which you can experience the healing powers of nature. We can walk and talk or sit in a beautiful location depending on your needs and preference.
Being outdoors in the elements brings a holistic element to your therapy. Listening to the roar of the ocean, the rustling of leaves, the calming effects of a flowing stream; feeling the wind on your skin, the sun warming your face and the rain cleansing your soul; experiencing the peacefulness and depth of the forest; smelling the fragrance of a flower, the earth beneath your feet; witnessing the beauty and vastness that surrounds us; engaging all of your senses can help you feel grounded, energised and connected to something greater.
Choosing a counsellor
The quality of the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of therapy. It is vital that you feel like you can connect with your counsellor without fear of judgement so that you can be your authentic self. I can offer you an initial 30-minute telephone or online free consultation, providing you with the opportunity to meet me, discuss the counselling process and decide whether I am the right therapist for you.
I work collaboratively, we will negotiate a way of working that feels right for you and at your pace, this may be short or long-term work. I welcome you to contact me in your preferred way to find out more about how we may be able to work together. I have a set fee per session and offer concessions to students and individuals on a low income.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 6 in Counselling Supervision
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Understanding and Working with Sexual Violence
- PTTLS Level 3 in Education and Training
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in Physiology, Anatomy and Reflexology
- Diploma in Physiology, Anatomy and Body Massage
- Mental Health Nurse
- Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding Children, and Safeguarding Domestic Abuse
- D32/D33 NVQ Assessor Award
- Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP
I work for a local charity as the Training and Programme Development Manager. I deliver training on trauma, abuse, the healing journey and empowerment. I also offer 1:1 and group supervision to specialist workers supporting survivors of abuse.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive experience of working with issues relating to domestic and sexual abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety low-self-esteem, addictions, self-harm, relationship problems, sexuality, intimacy and trust, inner child work, boundaries, anger, loss and grief and shame.
I work in a holistic and creative way depending on your individual needs.
Initial 30 minute consultation - free
1 hour one to one session - £40
Concessions negotiable depending on your income.
Concessions offered for
I offer 1:1 and group supervision to counsellors and individuals working in the health and social care sector.
I write and deliver bespoke group work and training programmes to meet the needs of individuals and organisations.
I am looking to develop and deliver group work programmes based on empowerment later this year.