Jean Smith Dip(HE),MBACP, Supervision (Cert) Counselling and Supervision

Jean Smith Dip(HE),MBACP, Supervision (Cert) Counselling and Supervision


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About me

How counselling can help: Depression, anxiety and painful memories with intrusive thoughts that can disrupt ones peace of mind and daily life, this can be helped with counselling.That sense of isolation you experience can be reduced by sharing your feelings and thoughts with an experienced, qualified counsellor, it can help you untangle that emotional distress you may be feeling. I will not judge you and I will listen to you with empathy and compassion.

How I work: My approach to counselling is to be led by you and will vary with each individual; I will work in collaboration with you.My years of experience working with adult survivors of childhood trauma means:-

I can offer helpful ways of resolving the undesirable affects this can leave you with, such as:

  • flashbacks
  • low self-esteem
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • phobias
  • trust issues
  • self-harm to mention a few.

What to expect in your first session:Your first session with me is offered at a reduced rate so that following our meeting you can go away and consider if you want to proceed with counselling. We will be able to exchange practical information about each other and you will be able to tell me how you would like to engage in the counselling process.

I have recently semi-retired to focus more on my private practice and can offer flexible appointment times including evenings and week-ends.

Where will the sessions take place? I can provide you with a safe place in my private counselling room at my village home near Dalton-in-Furness. I am 2 miles from Dalton Railway Station and 1 mile from the nearest bus stop; unfortunately I am not on the bus route. I live in a quiet village and have a comfortable, upstairs private counselling room. I can provide a downstairs room if you struggle with stairs, however there are 2 steps up to my house. There is room to park at the roadside of my house.

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Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified in 1997, obtaining a Diploma (HE) in Counselling (Higher Education) from Cumbria University (formerly Lancaster University). In 2002-2004 I received 2 years training at The Northern Guild for Psychotherapy in Newcastle, studying Integrative Psychotherapy and further 1 year in Phenomalogical Psychotherapy.I have certificates in Counselling Supervision which I gained from The Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and also from The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.

I have engaged in continuous professional development training relating to general counselling and trauma counselling each year since 1997, building on my knowledge and experience. I receive monthly Clinical Supervision for my work, and I also supervise students and practising counsellors. I am a Registered Member (MBACP) with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I have an up to date Vetting and Barring certificate and I am fully insured for my counselling work.

Experience: I have worked in several different agencies that included Private Practice, G.P’s Surgery, a national mental health charity, and a regional service providing counselling to young people, all clients bringing varied emotional problems. For 20 years I was employed by a local/regional charity as a Counsellor and Manager of the charity which had a large team of counsellors to oversee and provided a counselling service for adult and child survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse.

Trauma at any age can create many complex emotional problems such as intrusive flashbacks, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, self-harm, low self-esteem and undesirable negative feelings that can have an impact on daily life. Trauma is an area in which I have a particular interest and experience; I have worked with adult survivors of childhood abuse since 1997. I have experienced the rewards of accompanying clients on their therapeutic journey to reach their goal of healing from past wounds and see them establish some harmony and stability in their life. My aim is to ensure clients are not re-traumatised through the counselling process and to make their therapeutic journey stress-free and where appropriate suggesting effective self-help strategies in order to facilitate self-healing.

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Initial 1st meeting £20   (1 hour)

Counselling cost: £40    (1 hour session)

Supervising Counsellors: £50    (1½ hour session)

Maps & Directions

Barrow-in-Furness, LA13

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults