Liz Boote-Smith, BA (Hons), Dip, Couns. MBACP
I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist, experienced in helping adults, young people and children. 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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual Private Counselling - £40 per 1 hr session.
Couples Private Counselling - £50 per 1 hr session.
- 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.