Lea Smith - MBACP, Acc. NCS
I am an experienced counsellor, working with both individuals and couples.
My counselling work is integrative and I bring a mainly humanistic approach to my clients needs.
My couples therapy brings my extensive Relate training to my practice and is enhanced by my humanistic and systemic base.
I offer a safe confidential counselling service in the heart of Marsden, where clients can relax and feel supported in their therapeutic process. Many people begin counselling when they meet problems and issues in their lives that are difficult to navigate on their own. Some may wish to change something in their life, develop better self-awareness or improve their confidence. I believe that Counselling should be a safe space which allows a person or couple to explore thoughts and feelings in more depth and to face the difficult emotions and experiences that life can bring.
Couples counselling offers a safe and confidential space where, together with the support of a Counsellor you can explore any issues that are currently affecting your relationship. Many couples begin counselling when there is a significant event in their life or when they become unsatisfied with each other. It could be a breakdown in communication or trust between you or an increase in arguments or conflict that brings to seek the support of a Counsellor to discuss the issues in a calm, supportive environment and to work on better communication.
As a supervisor of counsellors, I work with counsellors to support their practice and development ensuring safe ethical counselling for clients. I work with students and graduates across a range of Humanistic modalities, including Person Centred, Systemic, Integrative and Psychodynamic.
I have recently worked as a counsellor and supervisor at Guernsey Bereavement Service and I continued to provide supervision for the service online and with regular visits, supporting the students through their training to level 5.
I currently work for a relationship counselling charity based in Huddersfield.
I am also currently working in private practice in Marsden near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.
I have had 25 years experience as a complementary therapist and I also trained as a midwife 15 years ago. I believe my experience of working with people, their health and their emotional needs brings a well rounded approach to my counselling work.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2016 - Diploma in relationship counselling Level 5 CPCAB
- 2015 - Advanced diploma in counselling supervision Level 7 NCS Accredited
- 2013 - Diploma in counselling Level 5 NCS Accredited
Registered / Accredited
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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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual counselling: £50 per 50 minute session
Couples counselling: £75 per 50 minute session with extended sessions available for relationship/couples therapy.
Supervision of fellow professionals: £50 per hour
Online individual counselling: £50 per 50 minute session.