Judith Smyth

Cheltenham GL50 & Cirencester GL7
07595226191 07595226191 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a qualified and experienced psychodynamic counsellor who works with Individuals and Couples. My background is in the mental health sector with individuals, children and families and I also work as a staff counsellor at Gloucestershire Counselling Service. I have had many years experience of working directly with people with emotional and psychiatric problems as well as children and families and also as an Honorary Psychotherapist working with adults.

My approach is to set up a confidential and empathic environment in which we can work, exploring the past histories of clients, and current circumstances. However, as a psychodynamic counsellor I am particularly interested in how you relate to yourself and others and will use understandings of the unconscious mind and your deeper most expressive self, including your dreams.

If you wish to discuss being in counselling we will meet to discuss your concerns and what you want to achieve from your counselling.

It is my experience that therapeutic work can enable lifefulness, creativity, growth into maturity and acceptance. With couples counselling I will enable you to feel safe and to be heard and we will work together to enable communication and thinking. As a couple it is hoped that you will be able to take such skills forward whilst developing an understanding of what has brought you both to the current situation.

Training, qualifications & experience

BH Degree (Digby Stuart College, 1981)
Post Graduate Diploma in Social Administration ( London School of Economics, 1986)
MSc Social Work Studies ( London School of Economics, 1990 )
CQSW ( London School Of Economics, 1990)
Foundation Degree Psychodynamic Studies (UWE) 2013
Diploma Psychodynamic Practice Westminster Pastoral Foundation, (2013)
Post Graduate Associate Year Gloucestershire Counselling Service (2014)
Deprivation Of Liberty Safeguards Training ( University West England 2015)
Continous Professional Development ie further training and Supervision to maintain registration with British Psychoanalytic Council

Supervised Social Work practice in Community Mental Health and Child Protection, ex Samaritans Counsellor, honorary Psychotherapist St Bernards Psychotherapy Department and West Middlesex Psychotherapy Departments, Staff Counsellor Gloucestershire Counselling Service (assessor and counsellor).

Registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) It is possible to check their website for information about conditions for registration such as ethical requirements, competencies, education and training etc.

Registered with and accredited by British Psychoanalytic Council. It is possible to check their website for information concerning criteria for acreditation.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BPC

British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

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

Ageing and menopause
Womens Issues/empowerment
Foster Parent support
Carer Support
Risk Taking Compulsion

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

£45 assessment fee for Individuals (90 minutes)
£40 per session
£50 assessment fee for couple (90 minutes)
£45 for couples

The Practice Rooms
32 Cambray Place
Cheltenham
Glos
GL50 1JX

Cirencester
Glos
GL7 2PF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

Availability

Please contact me to discuss a mutually convenient time.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Judith Smyth

Judith Smyth