Jeff Smith

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Reg. member BACP
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Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 1JX
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, I'm Jeff.

Hope is perhaps the most precious thing we have. Sometimes a joy in life's possibilities and sometimes small and hidden deep inside, wary of another disappointment. Hope is often linked with the reason people come to counselling. A desire to change present circumstances in the belief that things can be different and possibly better. Hope for a way through loss and grief and an acceptance of this new life. A wish to overcome anxiety or the very real sense of feeling separate and alone. It can be a hope of finding meaning and purpose. 

I am a qualified integrative counsellor and it’s been quite a journey to get here. Hope played a part in enabling me to tie all the strings together so to speak and I feel it’s something that I bring to my counselling.

My role as a counsellor is to work with you in developing a deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself. At your own pace and with whatever you bring to the counselling. Our sessions together will offer a confidential, non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. To perhaps look at patterns of behaviour and communication that no longer serve you and can mean that you feel ‘stuck’ in your connection to others or in life generally. 

I have training in the Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt approaches. I am registered with the BACP and abide with their Ethical Framework. I have some experience of art therapy and can accommodate artistic expression and use of imagery in the sessions. Words can be tricky to find sometimes, and creativity can help with this.

I believe the quality and strength of the relationship between counsellor and client to be a good basis for therapeutic change. I provide a free initial 20 – 30 minute session for us to get to know each other a little and see if we can work together. I will also talk more about the aims of counselling, the approaches I use and how this might look in the sessions.

I have worked in mental health services for over 12 years now in both the NHS and the charity sector and in a variety of roles, including Nursing Assistant and Recovery worker. In this time I have met a wide range of people, each with their own unique life experience. 

I have also been a volunteer counsellor for a cancer support charity called The Hummingbird Centre (2 years). I currently work as a volunteer counsellor at West Bletchley Well-Being Service. 

Areas I can help with:

  • Grief and loss 
  • Addictive behaviour 
  • Cancer
  • ASD/neurodivergence
  • Personality disorder 
  • Anxiety
  • Impact of traumatic experiences 
  • Bereavement
  • Depressive states 
  • Family issues, current or past 
  • Emotional dysregulation/ stress 
  • Life changes

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 
  • Level 3 Certificate in Therapeutic studies 
  • Level 2 Certificate in counselling skills 
  • BA(Hons) Fine Art
  • Level 3 Understanding Mental Health Care

Further training certificates include:

  • Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy 
  • NHS Care Certificate 
  • Mental Health and the body: Treating trauma – Carolyn Spring
  • Autism and self-regulation 
  • Motivational interviewing  
  • Using embodied TA to enhance your practice
  • KUF – working with Personality Disorder- awareness level
  • How the body holds trauma and chronic stress 
  • Understanding Autism 

Member organisations

BACP
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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Fees

Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I charge £50 for a 50-minute session and can work with clients for both short- and long-term work. I offer a small number of reduced rate sessions, please contact me about this. I also have some flexibility on my week day availability. 

When I work

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Further information

I am available for in person/online sessions on Wednesday 8am – 2pm at 24 Market Hill, Buckingham. Online sessions are available on Monday 2pm – 8pm, Wednesday 2pm - 8pm, Thursday 8am - 6 pm and Friday 4pm - 8 pm. 

Buckingham is a small market town with 1 hour parking available near Market Hill. Alternative parking is available in Cornwall Meadows car park. The bus station is nearby and serves the local area including stops for Milton Keynes, Winslow, Aylesbury, Bicester and Oxford.

I have public indemnity insurance and I am also registered with the ICO and the DBS update service.

Thank you for taking the time to read through my profile.

24 Market Hill, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 1JX

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

24 Market Hill is a ground floor room and is easily accessible.

Online platforms

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Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith