Karin Smith MSc. Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP/BPC
Hello there. I am an experienced Counsellor registered with the BACP and BPC. I have an established private practice in Caversham where I see clients with a wide range of issues including difficulties with relationships, work problems, loss, bereavement and past experiences affecting their lives today.
What brings you to this website today?
There are many reasons someone may find themselves on this site. Perhaps it's because life feels an overwhelming struggle, maybe you are tired of familiar patterns repeating themselves in your life, or there is one problem that you feel you cannot resolve, perhaps it's something else? Whatever brought you here you have taken an important step forward.
How can counselling help?
Counselling is an opportunity to talk to someone in confidence about the difficulties you are facing now. It is a regular time and space set aside each week for you to be heard in a non judgmental way. Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed and don’t really understanding why, or whether you know why you feel the way you do, by working together with your counsellor it may be possible to really understand these feelings, perhaps for the first time. This can lead to the change you've been looking for.
An Initial meeting:
We would agree to meet to talk about what has led you to seek counselling at this time. To think about the difficulties and problems you are facing in your life in a safe, non judgmental and confidential space. We can then think through whether counselling would be helpful at this time and how that would be agreed by us.
I would like to hear from you. If you want to contact me then please leave a message on my phone, 07901 940183 and I will reply usually within 24 hours. If you prefer you can email me via the link above.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. Birkbeck
Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling. Reading University
I also work for a charity counselling individuals and families with life limiting conditions. I have experience of working in organisations with people who have suffered abuse and within family support services. I have many years experience of working in commercial environments and healthcare settings.
I offer clients longer term open ended work and also shorter term work around a specific issue.
I provide supervision to an organisation supporting student placement and to qualified counsellors.
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.