Liz Boote-Smith

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

BA (Hons), Dip, Couns. MBACP
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

Ryde, Isle Of Wight, PO33 2RJ
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist, experienced in helping adults and young people. From my private counselling room in Ryde, I offer a safe and non-judgemental place where we can talk through any difficulties that you are facing.

I am passionate about counselling and strongly believe that everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or situation, would benefit from having someone to listen to them and to help them make sense of what is going on in their life.

Life can be hard and there are times when situations you are facing leave you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, isolated, frightened or confused. Having a place to talk to someone trained to really listen and fully understand what you are saying, can help you to make sense of problems you are struggling with. Counselling can help you to think more clearly, resolve problems and bring about change or acceptance to the areas in your life where you are experiencing difficulties.

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long, usually at the same time each week. I fully appreciate that counselling can be daunting if you are not sure what to expect. Therefore, the first session is used to assess your counselling needs and for you to decide whether you feel comfortable to work with me.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
  • BA (Hons) Degree in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
  • Certificate in Brief Time-Limited Therapy
  • Certificate in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
  • NCFE Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  • Registered Member of BACP

As well as seeing private clients, I have also worked on the Island for a Southampton based domestic /sexual abuse organisation and for two local counselling services for children and young people, seeing clients within their service setting and in school.

I am a registered member of the BACP. I trained in a person-centred approach, which was developed by the humanist psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1950's. Through my training and counselling experience I have learnt that sometimes we just need help to work out what is blocking us from making the right choices, or to help us to understand why we are feeling stuck and unable to move on in our lives. We are all individuals, what may be right for one person may be very different for another. We all have the right to choose our own direction in life, without being judged for the decisions we make.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Photos & videos


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Individual Private Counselling - £50 per hour session.

Couples Counselling - £65 per hour session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer sessions Monday, Tuesday , Thursday, Friday, normally between 9.30am -6.30pm. I try to be flexible to accommodate your personal situations, wherever possible.

Further information

  • I receive regular supervision to ensure that I work in the best way possible for every client.

I regularly undertake continual professional development.

I hold an up-to-date DBS enhanced certificate.

I hold full public liability insurance.

62 High St, Ryde, Isle Of Wight, PO33 2RJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


Liz Boote-Smith
Liz Boote-Smith