About me

I am a qualified and experienced psychodynamic counsellor who works with individuals and couples. I am able to offer counselling on a once weekly basis and I am also able to discuss the possibility of working with me as a psychotherapist in training.  This would involve having three sessions a week at a reduced cost, based either in Stroud Consulting rooms or in Bristol at the Severnside Institute of Psychotherpy.  If you are interested in counselling, we could either work by Skype or, depending when you are avaiable, we could meet in Cirencester, Stroud or Cheltenham.

My background is in the mental health sector with individuals, children and families. 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 establish a confidential and empathic environment in which we can work, exploring the past and present. 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 or in psychotherapy, please email me and we can then discuss next steps over the phone.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked for many years in the area of mental health social work in hospital and community settings and have been working in my private psychodynamic counselling practice since 2015.  Prior to that I worked as staff counsellor at Gloucestershire Counselling Service.

I am equipped to work privately on the basis of supervised clinical experience based in an agency, in hospital psychotherapy departments and in private practice.

I am educated at graduate and postgraduate levels and also qualified in the area of counselling on the basis of a degree in psychodynamic studies and a clinical diploma in psychodynamic studies. I have undertaken a postgraduate year of study in the area of psychodynamic studies.

I am registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council)

I am registered with and accredited by British Psychoanalytic Council.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Additional information


£40 per session for individual adults

£50 for couples

Availability

Please contact me to discuss a mutually convenient time.

1 Bath Street
Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL5 3BZ

Cirencester
Glos
GL7 2PF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
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Judith Smyth

Judith Smyth