James Smith MA, MBACP

James Smith MA, MBACP

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About me

We can work together to support you to understand, heal and grow. To be kinder to yourself and let go of old habits, feel better and live life more fully.

The fact that you are reading this suggests that you have already taken a significant and important step - acknowledging there is something in your life that doesn't feel quite right and that you are open to getting the right help to move forward.

I understand how difficult it may feel to consider exploring your feelings and experiences with a stranger. I assure you that if you choose to work with me I'll walk your path with you with greatest care, compassion, understanding, and importantly, at your pace.

We all want to be happy and as free as possible from stress. We want to live a satisfying life that feels like it means something, a life that we enjoy. Yet sometimes all of us can find ourselves feeling lost, stuck, or overwhelmed, flat, depressed or anxious - struggling to cope.... like you're trudging through mud or carrying a heavy weight around with you all of the time.

I can support you to find a way through and lighten the load.

These feelings can come up after you go through something difficult or a big change in your life, perhaps a relationship breakdown, losing your job or the death of someone close to you. You may even have been through a trauma of some sort, or be struggling with an addiction, eating disorder or a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety.

And sometimes there is nothing specific you can point to, just that persistent, nagging sense that something just isn't right... that you aren't happy.

The Counselling Process

There are times in most peoples lives when we could benefit from talking to someone. I offer you an opportunity to explore your concerns in an atmosphere of trust and support. This will enable you to find your own answers and way forward, at your own pace.

Together, we can take stock of where you are; bringing greater clarity and kindness to your experiences. This allows us to reflect upon your situation, facilitating deeper insight into how you might choose to live with greater meaning and connection.

Taking responsibility for your own happiness, you can find the freedom and confidence to make empowered decisions and choices. Through counselling, you can come to accept the things that you cannot change, whilst finding the courage to take action to change the things that you can.

With my help, you can begin to let go of old habits (and addictions) -  those deeply grooved patterns that keep you stuck and limit your experience of life. This allows you to move towards becoming more the person you wish to be - living the life you wish to live.

Why work with me?

I strive to offer you a powerful and potent experience of deepest respect, empathy and trust, to empower you to make the changes that you wish to make.

My clients, friends and colleagues tell me that I have a naturally calm, gentle, compassionate and 'in the moment' presence that helps them to feel safe, valued, cared for, heard and understood.

I have a non-judgemental, understanding and person centred approach which I believe is born of my own lived-experience.

With me, counselling is a natural conversation with a caring, understanding and encouraging person who can help you to process your feelings, get a fresh perspective on your situation and make the changes you wish to make in your life.

We simply sit opposite each other and talk about whatever is going on for you. I believe deeply in the capacity of open, compassionate and contemplative conversation to heal and transform.

I'm flexible and open-minded in the way I work, thinking outside of the box! I don' have a therapy room, there are several ways we can work together. You might want to work with me outside whilst enjoying the natural environment in 'Walk & Talk' therapy. Or we have the option of working together via Skype or Telephone. Home Visits may also be available on request in certain circumstances.

Next Steps

I remember how daunting it can be to take the first steps, to send that first email or pick up the phone. I want you to know that I get it, and will make every effort to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for you to get in touch.

I admire and respect anyone brave enough to start the inner work of counselling and psychotherapy.

You can contact me in complete confidence and ask me any questions via a free 15-20 minute telephone consultation or you might prefer to exchange some emails with me to discuss your precise needs. There really are no stupid questions, I promise you! I welcome enquiries and, after chatting or exchanging emails,  there is no obligation to book a session if you don't feel ready, or you don't think we are a good fit.

I respond to all enquiries promptly - If you send me an email, a text or leave me a voicemail I will usually get back to you within 24 hours, often much sooner.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters degree in Counselling and psychotherapy from the University of East London. I also have a post graduate diploma in Counselling children in schools from the Place2Be.

I have worked as a counselling for over 4 years with over thousand hours of 1:1 counselling experience. I have worked for over twenty years in the public sector; Working in schools as a learning mentor and supporting adults with complex needs as a outreach worker.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the largest body that represents Counselling and Psychotherapy in the UK (www.bacp.co.uk). This means that my qualifications are professionally recognised and that I work within a strict code of ethics and framework of professional standards. My registered member status further means that I have met the standards for registration in terms of training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to the Ethical Framework.

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My fee is £60 for a 50 minute session

Maps & Directions

London, N16
Barking, IG11

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults