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About me

Welcome

Are you feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed? Do you need a supportive space where you can talk about your feelings and thoughts? I am an integrative counsellor with an empathic, calm and compassionate presence. Please read on to find out more about how I approach my work and how I can help.

A Brief Overview

I am a Registered Member of BACP, and I have a background in health and social care. I am based in Hereford City, and I offer integrative counselling for individual adults. I aim to enable you to find helpful new perspectives, to gain confidence to make decisions, and to change how you experience and live your life.

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.

How I Can Help

My experience in counselling, and in health and social 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.

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, psychodynamic, and existential 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.

Finding the Right Counsellor

Please let me know by email or telephone if you would like to clarify or discuss anything. If you would like to arrange a first appointment, to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you, please contact me.

A first appointment is an opportunity for us to meet, and to consider whether to proceed further with counselling together. There is no obligation or pressure to continue counselling with me beyond an initial appointment.

Practicalities

During the coronavirus pandemic, I am offering online video appointments via Zoom, telephone appointments, or email counselling. I am unable to see clients in person until further notice, and I will review this situation as circumstances change.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Experience

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.

Qualifications:

  • 2020: Certified Cyber Therapist (Online Therapy Institute).
  • 2017: Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy  (University of South Wales).
  • 2017: Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • 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).

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

  • Each 50-minute session costs £50.
  • 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.

Availability

My availability is flexible, including evening and Saturday appointments.

Further information

You are welcome to visit my web site at: www.jonathansmithcounselling.co.uk.

From the 'Working Together' page on my web site, you can access my Counselling Agreement, which outlines in more detail how I work with my clients; and a Personal Data Statement, explaining what information I need from my clients, and the reasons why I ask for it.

Please let me know if you would like me to clarify anything.

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Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Wheelchair user access

When I am able to offer face-to-face appointments, my counselling room is on the first floor, and it can only be accessed by using the stairs. If this is difficult for you, I can book an alternative venue, which has ground floor access.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Jonathan Smith (PG Dip, Reg MBACP)

Jonathan Smith (PG Dip, Reg MBACP)