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 you the opportunity to reflect on difficult experiences in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I believe that when we are listened to and understood we can begin to rest and reflect without fear and can connect with who we really are, we can make sense of our experiences and ultimately know how we want to live. When we experience uncertainty, with this support, we can look out for ourselves and we can connect with others from that same place of strength, 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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Monday,Tuesday and Friday evenings
I am working with both adults and children in school settings and independently 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.