Jonathan Smith (PG Dip, Reg MBACP)
A Brief Overview
I offer counselling and psychotherapy for individual adults. I have a calm, compassionate presence, and I will give you space to explore what you are feeling and thinking. I hope this will enable you to find new perspectives, gain confidence to make decisions, and change how you experience and live your life
How I Can Help
My background in counselling and in health care has opened my eyes to significant experiences that hurt, baffle, devastate, sadden or disturb people. My counselling role includes helping you to understand and navigate some of the obstacles – whether in the present or the past - preventing you from engaging more fully with your life. This process may require commitment and courage from you, and I aim to support you effectively and consistently.
Finding the Right Counsellor
If you would like to arrange a first appointment, to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you, please contact me. I offer a first session at half price (£20 for one hour instead of my usual £40 hourly fee). This is to enable you to weigh up whether to continue working with me after the first meeting.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
How I Approach Counselling
I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I combine more than one approach to my work. I mainly aim to integrate the humanistic, person-centred and psychodynamic approaches, which I have experienced as being insightful and productive. The section on 'Therapies offered' links to more detail on these different types of counselling, and I also explain my approach in greater depth on my website.
Why People Seek Help
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 issues, trauma from childhood abuse, work-related stress, illness and disability, anger management, bereavement, the challenges of being a carer, and other significant personal concerns and upheavals.
My work as a counsellor has included placements with three organisations in Hereford and South Wales. As an integrative counsellor, I will encourage you to find ways to value yourself; to increase your awareness of who you are; to consider what has shaped your sense of identity; and to work towards living a more fulfilling and rewarding life.
- 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
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with each Individual
I have indicated here some areas that can be challenging or distressing. However, I will not define or label you according to your 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.
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- A first 60-minute appointment, with no obligation to continue, costs £20.
- After this, each 60-minute session costs £40.
- I may have some appointments available at reduced rates, for people with limited funds and for trainee counsellors. Please ask me if you require current details on this.
More detailed information is available on my website www.jonathansmithcounselling.co.uk.
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|
My availability is fairly flexible, and may include some evening and Saturday appointments.
Types of client