Kathy Smedley BA Hons, Dip Couns, Dip Couns Children & Young People MBACP
Hello, my name is Kathy and I am an integrative counsellor trained to work with people of all ages and specialise in working with children and young people. The counselling I offer will give everyone the opportunity to reflect on difficult experiences in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I offer compassion and understanding, so i can support everyone to experience their pain, anger, anxiety or depression while at the same time feeling safely held. When we feel safe and we feel held we can begin to rest and reflect without fear. We can then understand and make meaning of our experiences and establish a different way of living. When we experience the uncertainty with support we can eventually begin to experiment with new positive identities and behaviours and this is useful to all of us and especially our children and young people; growing up with increased pressures and stresses in today's society. I choose approaches tailored to respond to individual needs of all people and offer support that will lead to greater self awareness, resilience and new ways of coping.
I think it's important, whether you are an adult, young person or child, that you can explore difficulties at your own pace so that you can make sense of sometimes confusing and conflicting experiences you can explore and understand causes and triggers and use an understanding of our past ways of coping to make sense of responses now. I will provide opportunities to think and feel and cope differently by connecting with your experience from your perspective, and working through critical and blocked responses together in new ways, using humanistic approaches including person centred, psychodynamic, transactional analysis, CBT and mindfulness to aid healing.
When supporting children and young people I will help them express and reflect on issues through play, activities and reflection. Through these experiences, I can help them to learn how to move their feelings and thoughts out of danger back into safety, from out of connection to connection, from dys-regulation to regulation which is essential and involves developing insight, mindfulness and using outcome focused strategies so that they are helped to calm their emotions and gain mastery of their own well-being.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of The British Association of Counselling Practitioners (BACP) and firmly adhere to the Ethical Framework of Good Practice and ensure I continue to keep up to date with regular continued professional development.
- Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Social Science, The degree of Bachelor of Arts
My first experience of working in a primary care mental health service was on placement with MIND. For a year and a half, on a part time basis, I delivered short term IAPT, integrative counselling to people with a variety of mental health difficulties. From there I worked as a counsellor in two secondary schools. I currently work as a school counsellor and I work for WalkTall a charity offering accessible counselling to adults and children.
Before working in schools and completing the counselling diploma, I was a project worker with NCH working closely with children that had experienced relationship disruptions and provided programs for young people in trouble, the focus was interventions to assess and meet holistic needs. Using individual and group work to form a therapeutic alliance I helped young people to develop personal insight and taught skills to help them cope and respond differently and so move away from responses of survival to reflection and growth.
I taught Health and Social Care, PSE and citizenship to young people for 15 years. I recently completed the Level 6 Diploma in working with children and young people so that I could continue to commit to helping vulnerable children and young people effectively. My aim is to connect with all clients of all ages that are feeling vulnerable, assess need, encourage awareness and provide strategies that will allow all to remain safe and able to live a life of choice and possibility.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Existential therapy
£40 - per hour counselling session
I am working with both adults and children in school settings and in a charity at the moment. I am counselling people with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, bereavement and addiction. I have gained invaluable experience in helping a variety of people including those with learning difficulties explore underlying problems such as low self-esteem and relationship issues.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Fridays and evenings
Types of client