Kathryn Smith-Verrall MBACP Counsellor and Life Coaching
Hi my name is Kathryn
It’s difficult to know who to choose to talk to so I thought I would tell you a little about what counselling is.
If you are finding you need someone to talk to about your problems, I will provide a safe, confidential and caring therapeutic relationship in which you will feel emotionally supported while you explore whatever issues you want to bring to our sessions. Whether they are current issues or from the past, I will give you a safe place to talk.
You may have been told you would benefit from CBT for a specific problem such as anxiety, or you would benefit from a talking therapy, or you may not know what you want, but feel you need to get things out of your head and talk things through with someone who isn't "involved" or affected by the issue that's affecting you.
I provide confidential Person Centred Counselling for adults, couples and young people (16+) experiencing difficulties, or who wish to make changes in their lives. If this sounds like you, and you want support in a safe space to explore your situation, where you can talk freely and will be listened to with respect, compassion and not judged.
The aim is to help you work towards developing your understanding of your life, yourself and your relationships, improving your emotional wellbeing so that you feel confident in making any changes you wish to make.
It's my belief that everyone is the expert in their own world and that my role as your counsellor, is to be alongside you as you explore this world, safe in the knowledge that I will be there, without judgement and without an agenda of my own.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP (378489)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- BTEC Trauma Risk Management
- Diploma in Equalities
- Safeguarding Adults
- ASIST (Applied suicide intervention skills training)
- Working with Couples and Relationships (skills, knowledge and practice)
- How to do counselling online - coronavirus primer - BACP/OU
Courses I have attended;
- TRiM Practitioner(TRiM by March on Stress) - Trauma Risk Management
- Coercive control and safeguarding
- Single session Therapy
- Grief recovery method
- Trauma Defined (the body keeps the score) - Bessel van der Kolk
- Introduction to Somatic Trauma Therapy
- Working with Relationships
- Working with Relationships, Sex and Intimacy
- Couples counselling
After serving nearly 40 years in a uniform in the Fire Service, I have many years experience of critical incident debriefing, defusing and trauma risk management, dealing with anxiety, flashbacks, PTSD.
I was a member of the Samaritans for over 20 years
I am still a volunteer with the TRiM (Trauma Risk Management) team for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.
I have also been a trade union representative, operating at local, regional and national levels and have had to deal with many workplace issues especially grievances, redundancy, bullying and harassment, capability, competency, discipline hearings and work place stress to name but a few, so I have an understanding of the emotions these events can have on you.
I have worked in the NHS in a GP surgery within the mental health team, where my work was short term solution focused counselling in the IAPT service
I am an affiliate counsellor for Employee Assistance Programme providers.
I volunteer at 2 local charities, Fylde Counselling Service and Counselling in the Community; which provides donation based and/or private counselling sessions across the Fylde coast.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Critical Incident Debriefing
Trauma Risk Management / PTSD
Short term focused therapy
Initial telephone consultation; Free
This usually takes about 30 minutes and is where you can ask any questions regarding our potential sessions together.
Individual sessions: face to face; £40 per 50 minute session
Couples Counselling: face to face; £55 per 50 minute session
You are not tied into any set amount of sessions, you can have as many or as few as you need/want. Usually you attend once a week.
All fees are paid by bank transfer, cash or card payment at the beginning of the session.
**For online/telephone work, this has to be paid 24 hours prior to the session starting.**
Special Offer for individual counselling;
If 4 sessions are booked and paid for upfront this is reduced to £35 per session.
Students and limited income are at a reduced rate, please contact for information
Counsellors in training personal therapy; £25.00
Telephone Counselling; £40 per 50 minute session
Home Visits can be arranged should you have difficulty coming to the therapy rooms; £40 Plus Mileage
Concessions offered for
If you ring and I don't reply please leave a message as I maybe with clients.
I aim to respond to all contacts within 24 - 48 hours of receipt, in working hours.
I have up to date professional indemnity insurance, a clear Enhanced DBS and I am GDPR compliant and registered with the ICO Ref;ZA759456
Appointments can be arranged around working hours, and I work late one night a week.
Week end appointments can be arranged by special arrangement.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy offered on a confidential, one to one basis, within the boundary of a contract, agreed by client and counsellor, with no judgement.
What is a counselling contract?
Our counselling contract will set out the boundaries of how we will work, covering things such as;
- How I store your information, so I am GDPR compliant
- The length and frequency of our sessions,
- The price of our sessions,
- How to cancel and what happens if you cancel,
We talk through this contract together and you are able to add things to it if you so wish.
What is the BACP?
The BACP stands for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The BACP is a professional association for counsellors and psychotherapists. They work to ensure clients are protected and can receive safe, ethical counselling from appropriately qualified counsellors. www.bacp.co.uk
How do I know you work safely?
As a registered counsellor I adhere to their ethical framework for good practice and their professional conduct procedure. This code of ethics has been put in place to ensure I am working safely, it can be viewed on the BACP website at www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework
How much do you charge?
I provide a free 30 minute consultation then it is £40 per session
How long is a session?
50 minutes to an hour
What happens in the initial telephone conversation?
We have a talk about what brought you to counselling and what you want. I will explain how I work and what I can offer. We will discuss if you want to work with me, confidentiality, dates and times for our sessions, how your information is stored and any concerns/questions you may have.
Where will we meet?
I work out of Counselling in the Community at Derby Road, Blackpool (FY1)
Do you tell my GP what we talk about?
The content of our sessions is confidential. There are some exceptions to this, such as if your or someone else's life is at serious risk, there is criminal activity or a safeguarding risk. I will discuss these exceptions further at our initial meeting and you can ask any questions about it at any point. Any other information will not be passed on without your consent. All your personal information is stored securely according to GDPR (2018) regulations).
What happens if I need to cancel or miss an appointment?
If you are unable to attend a session please try to give at least 48 hours’ notice, I will endeavour to do the same. I reserve the right to charge 50% of the session fee for late cancellations within 48 hours notice. If you don’t attend a session and have not contacted me I will charge the full fee.
What if I have a mental health diagnosis?
I can still work with you if you have a mental health diagnosis depending on your individual need. We would need to discuss your needs at the initial consultation. If you are receiving care from the mental health team I may need permission from you to communicate with them (though I will not be discussing the exact content of our sessions).
What do I do if I have a complaint?
If you are not happy with the service, feel my way of working isn’t working for you or you wish to make a complaint please discuss it with me in the first instance. Formal complaints can be submitted to the BACP.(www.BACP.co.uk). The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) has more information and information sheets on things such as how to get the best from your therapist and what to therapists mean by professional boundaries
If you have any more questions or wish to discuss your needs please feel free to contact me for an informal chat.