Judy Smart Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)
Welcome, I am a very experienced counsellor and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have over 14 years experience of working with and supporting people through their difficulties, and I offer counselling on a short and long term basis depending on your needs and circumstances.
I am very passionate about and believe in the process of counselling, having seen the positive benefits to numerous clients over the years. I work Humanistically as a Gestalt counsellor which means that I value and respect each individual person, and provide a warm, caring, and non-judgemental environment. As a therapist, I believe that the relationship between us is of utmost importance, and so aim to create a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential space where you will be heard and understood, and are able to explore whatever you need.
At times in life you will struggle and go through difficult periods, and during my time as a counsellor I have helped clients with many issues such as depression, grief and bereavement, suicidal tendencies, body issues, family issues, anxiety, sexuality, low self-esteem and relationship difficulties.
Whatever your personal issues or circumstances, my aim is to help you work through these difficult times that you are experiencing at this moment in your life. As well as providing you a safe space to work through and process your emotions, I also aim to raise your awareness about various thoughts and behaviour patterns that you might have. Some of these may be repetitive and unhealthy and you may feel stuck and dissatisfied with life. I am interested in what 'stops' you from meeting your needs and fulfilling your potential, and then working with you to find and explore new ways to move forward with your life, in a way that feels right for you.
I feel very committed to working with you and providing a space which is different to one that your family and friends provide. Where you don’t have to worry about what you say to me as it is confidential, and where I am not going to judge you, or tell you what to do, but will offer you the support and understanding that you need to find your own way forward.
I also hold the belief that everyone has the resources within themselves to reach their full potential, although at times this potential can get blocked due to current circumstances or past histories. However, with the support and space I can provide through counselling, I believe that you can work through these difficulties and reach a place where you feel more acceptance of yourself, more empowerment and in control of your life, and a greater sense of satisfaction and happiness.
I appreciate that going through difficulties can sometimes be a lonely and isolating place and that it can be hard to reach out to someone. However, once you have made this step you can start making the journey towards being in a better place.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or queries that you may have, and I look forward to having contact with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited Member of the British Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of practice and ethics. Please note: as an Accredited BACP Member, I have gone through a rigorous process of accreditation and am seen as a competent practitioner.
I hold a Certificate and Diploma in Humanistic Counselling.
I have completed an additional 8 years training in Gestalt Psychotherapy (postgraduate level) leading to a Diploma in Psychotherapy, UKCP registration and GPTI accreditation. I completed CORE training in Gestalt Psychotherapy (2012).
I have also completed a Diploma in Coaching.
I qualified as a counsellor in 2005 and have been working in private practice since, having extensive experience of working therapeutically with adults. Alongside that, I have worked in the NHS for 10 years as a staff counsellor, currently deputy service manager, providing support to NHS staff through individual counselling and delivering and facilitating group sessions. I also have experience of working and supporting students in Higher Education.
Recent workshops and areas of on-going continuous professional development include;
- Critical Incident Stress Management Training (CISM)
- Mediation Training
- Mindfulness Diploma
- Domestic violence
- Suicide awareness
- Working with trauma.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40-45 per 50 minute session.
I am able to offer some concessions at a reduced rate, although availability is limited.
I have an interest in meditation and mindfulness and regularly go on retreats.
I am able to offer telephone and online counselling.