Judith Smith. Psychodynamic Psychotherapist registered with BPC.
I am an experienced Psychodynamic Psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a longer term treatment which helps you to increase your awareness of your unconscious inner world and the impact this has on your past and current relationships. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is an analytic and developmental model which aims for deep seated and lasting change in emotional stability and wellbeing and promotes deeper satisfaction and meaning in all aspects of interactional life.
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I currently work both privately and in the NHS as an Adult Psychotherapist in Newcastle and Sunderland. I am a clinical member of The North of England Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (NEAPP) and I am an active member of the NEAPP ethics committee. I am also the custodian of the NEAPP library of analytic theory and literature.
I offer supervision to medical trainees and trainees in counselling. I teach analytic theory on NEAPP delivered courses, specifically in phases in childhood and adolescence and early adulthood.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over thirty years experience working in mental health in the NHS. Prior to qualifying as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist I was a registered mental nurse (RMN) and I have experience working with all aspects of mental health including Anxiety, Depression, drug and alcohol addiction and Psychosis. I worked for many years in the Early Intervention in Psychosis service with young people experiencing first episode psychosis and I have extensive experience working with young people with distressing psychological difficulties.
I completed a Diploma in Psychotherapy with the Tavistock and Portman clinic in London then I went on to complete the qualifying course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with The North of England Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (NEAPP). I have also completed a Foundation course in Group Analysis.
My particular areas of expertise and interest are working with adult survivors of childhood trauma, working with young people with developmental difficulties (self-harm, problems with body image, failure to progress through transitional periods), and adults with difficulties in emotional wellbeing and relationships.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As I offer an analytical approach I work with any adult wishing to understand themselves in order to facilitate change. I advise anyone considering undergoing a Psychotherapy with me to research this as it is different to counselling and counselling psychotherapy. Information is offered on the BPC website and on the Internet.
£50.00 per session.
I believe that everyone deserves the right to good mental health and a satisfying emotional life regardless of their individual circumstances. I am the only Psychodynamic Psychotherapist working in Sunderland registered with the BPC. Because of my long service in mental health in the NHS in Sunderland I have a good understanding of the nature and impact of life in this area and I regularly campaign to local and central government for improvements to our green spaces and the provision of mental health services in Sunderland.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9.30 -19.30 Wednesdays. Evening and early morning sessions available.
Types of client