Jonathan Smith (Integrative Counsellor)
My most important quality as a counsellor is that I am human. This provides my fundamental connection with every person who chooses to work with me. This connection forms the basis of the counselling relationship and the work that takes place within it.
Clients have told me that I have a calm, compassionate presence and that this gives them a sense of 'space' where they can explore what they are feeling and thinking. This can enable clients to find new perspectives, gain confidence to make decisions, and challenge or change how they experience and live their lives.
My counselling role includes helping another person to understand and navigate some of the obstacles – whether in the present or the past - preventing them from engaging more fully with their life. This process often requires commitment and courage from my clients, and I aim to support each one effectively and consistently.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I combine more than one approach to counselling. I mainly aim to integrate the humanistic, person-centred and psychodynamic approaches, which I have experienced as being insightful and productive. Please see the section on 'Therapies offered' for links to more detail on these different types of counselling. I also explain my approach in greater depth on my website.
My work has given me a range of experience with adults who have accessed counselling for a variety of reasons. Difficulties which have led my clients to seek help include depression and anxiety, relationship problems, trauma from childhood abuse, work-related stress, anger management, bereavement, and other significant personal concerns and upheavals.
I have a background in health care, and my counselling experience has included placements with three organisations in Hereford and South Wales. As an integrative counsellor, I encourage clients to find ways to value themselves; to increase their awareness of who they are, and what influences have been significant; and to work towards living more fulfilling and rewarding lives.
- 2017: Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of South Wales).
- 2017: Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- 2015: Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills (University of South Wales).
- 2005: Master of Science in Health Sciences (Teaching) (University of Birmingham).
- 2003: Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing Studies (University of Wales College of Medicine).
2000: Registered Nurse (Adult) (Nursing and Midwifery Council).
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have indicated here some areas that can be challenging or distressing. However, I do not define or label my clients according to their perceived counselling 'issue'. This is because I work fundamentally with the person who arrives in the counselling room, and I recognise and respect every one as a unique individual.
- A first 60-minute appointment, with no obligation to continue, costs £25.
- After this, each 60-minute session costs £40.
I work with my clients in a counselling room near Hereford city centre. The room is at the top of one flight of stairs. Please let me know if this would be difficult for you, as I may be able to book an alternative venue with ground floor access if necessary.
If you would like to meet me, to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you, please contact me. I want you to find what you need, whether that is working with me or not. If you would like to start this search with me, please get in touch.
More detailed information is available on my website www.jonathansmithcounselling.co.uk, and please let me know if you would like me to clarify anything.
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am mainly available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays (some evening appointments may be possible).
Types of client