Jude Smit MA HCPC UKCP
My approach is authentic, empathic and non-judgemental. Together we can develop a shared understanding of your experiences, so that you can make sense of your feelings and the challenges in your life.
I am a qualified and registered psychotherapist / integrative arts psychotherapist experienced in working both short and long-term with a wide range of presenting issues, such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, bi-polar disorder, family and relationship problems. In addition to my private practice I work across the public, private and voluntary sectors and in research, within the field of mental heath.
I believe that each person’s lived experience is unique and my integrative training enables me to draw on a range of theories and techniques, according to your individual needs and what you bring to therapy. As it can be difficult to talk about our experiences and the challenges we face in life, if you choose to we are also able to use the arts for exploration - this does not require any artistic skill. Working with the arts, dreams and metaphor can provide deeper insight, especially when it is hard to find the words for challenging feelings and material.
Whether or not you have had therapy before, meeting a new therapist can feel daunting and it is important that the therapist you choose is right for you. The first meeting is an assessment, where we can discuss your focus for therapy, you can ask questions and decide whether you will feel comfortable working with me.
I am committed to working inclusively and have worked with many cultures, genders, sexual orientations and ages.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered and accredited member of the heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy and I have a Masters Degree with distinction in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy.
I have received specific training in working with trauma and can offer the CATT trauma protocol and trauma-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also have qualifications in assessment, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
I am registered with the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), British Psychological Society (BPS), Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), the UK Psychological trauma Society (UKPTS) and the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).
I have worked with adults and adolescents in a range of settings, including two large NHS trusts in London, on adult inpatient and forensic wards and in Further Education, as well as in NHS research.
I am committed to research and am currently involved with various projects in the field of psychology and mental health.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 for a 50 minute session.
The organisation where I have private practice rooms is easily accessible from a wide-range of surrounding areas, with good local transport links and there is free parking available on side roads.