Jennifer Smith

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Registered MBACP: Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Liverpool L2 & St. Helens WA9
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a highly skilled Client Centred Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor of Counsellors with 25 years experience and continuous counselling practise.  As a therapist I offer an authentic and compassionate presence. 

Face to Face sessions take place in a dedicated Therapy Suite based in the heart of Liverpool City Centre and in St. Helens, Merseyside.  I also offer on-line Video sessions.  You can email me directly jenny2021smith@outlook.com  or phone/text 07801 537963.

The name of my practice is Therapeutic Avenues which is a synthesis of all my training, qualifications and experience to date.  I provide individual 1:1 Counselling/Psychotherapy Sessions,  Couples Counselling,  Supervision to other Counsellors and those in the Helping Professions,   Vocational Mentoring and Transformational Groupwork. I also work on a sessional basis for organisations.

Counselling Experience

For  21 years, I had the privilege of working as a Counsellor, Supervisor, Workshop Developer & Facilitator in a large Civic University, providing many thousands of hours of individual therapy to students and staff, humbly witnessing the power of their transformational processes.  I have also witnessed the pain, crises and weariness of clients struggling to find direction, purpose and vocational fulfilment when they find themselves treading a road that just doesn't feel right and shared with them the joy of connecting to their authentic self.

I Specialise in the following:

Change and Transition

Loss

Experiencing sudden, unpredictable and critical events

A search for meaning and purpose

Self-Enquiry

Life Review

During therapy sessions, I aim to work collaboratively with clients in their frame of reference, facilitating the process of self-acceptance,  growth, healing and transformation whilst facilitating and assisting the client to embrace contradictions and encompass paradox,  promoting  a wholistic self-acceptance.

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself,  just as I am,  then I can change.”
- Carl Rogers

Supervision Experience

I have over 18 years experience as a Supervisor of both qualified and trainee counsellors, I offer reduced fees to trainee counsellors which include writing competency reports.

Training, qualifications & experience

2010-2014:  Bangor University CMRP
Mindfulness Based Approaches (Masters Level)
 
2009-2010:  University of East Anglia
Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy

2008-2009:  University of Manchester
The Supervision of Counsellors and Helping Professionals

2001:  Person Centred Connections:  Group Facilitation

2001: PCCS Manchester:  Advanced Person Centred Practise
 
1999-2000:  PCCS Manchester
Person Centred Counselling Diploma (BACP Accredited)

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Change and Transition
  • Loss
  • A search for meaning and purpose
  • Self enquiry
  • Life review

Fees

£65.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Counselling & Psychotherapy:  £65-£75  per 1 hour session.

Couples Counselling 

£90.00 per hour / per couple - in addition to face to face and two-way zoom sessions couples, depending on their circumstances availablility and location,  can sometimes find it easier to engage in a 3 way zoom session.

Reduced Fees

I don’t categorise who qualifies for a reduced fee  - this  depends  on individual circumstances 

Individual Supervision  £80.00 per hour or £90 per 1.5 hours - reduced fees for trainee therapists or online sessions (In this instance I also offer some pro bono sessions for low paid care workers) 

Group Supervision:  £320.00 per two hours, maximum of 8 supervisees 

Online Personal Development Groups:  £240.00 per two hours - maximum of 8 participants

I offer a free initial 30 minute telephone consultation for any of the above services. If,  for any reason, we are unable to work together I have a list of other professionals or organisations I can refer you to.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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Remote appointments only offered on Mondays,  8am - 3.00pm 

Further information

I work with clients either face to face or online video sessions - working online means I can cover most of the UK.  During lockdown, I undertook specific training to work online with clients.

Over the past 22 years, I have completed many professional development training sessions and longer courses. I hold a qualification (Nottinghamshire NHS Trust/Centre For Trauma Studies - 2003)  in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and have provided this service both in groups and individually to witnesses and survivors of critical incidents and terrorist attacks.

After completing a Train the Trainer Course in Suicide Prevention, I have provided many Suicide Prevention workshops both in Higher Education and the Public & Voluntary Sectors.

My  most recent current and ongoing studies are:

  • Neuroscience and Therapy  
  • Soul Centred Therapy 
  • Jungian Psychology
  • Jungian Archetypes
  • Shadow and Advanced Shadow Work
  • I am a lifelong student of Metaphysics

Liverpool Therapy Rooms, Suite 5, 34 Castle Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 0NR

St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

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

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

There is wheelchair access in Liverpool

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I aim to offer a collaborative supervisory relationship where we can explore both your challenges and successes in a warm supportive environment.

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Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith