Liz Smith, Accredited Counsellor
Life can be a struggle sometimes and that's especially true at the moment. You may be experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship or other problems that have arisen or become worse during the lockdown. You might be facing big changes—like the loss of a loved one through bereavement or divorce, redundancy or furlough, or your own health problems. You might have been struggling with the impact of a trauma such as a car accident or being the victim of a crime, or complex trauma associated with childhood abuse or domestic violence. All of it may have left you feeling rudderless and unsure of where to go from here.
Talking to a counsellor can help. If you're ready to make positive changes in your life, call or email me for a friendly, confidential chat. We'll talk a bit about you and what you'd like to get out of counselling and, if you want to we'll arrange our first session.
Who Am I?
I'm a fully qualified counsellor and coach who can help you explore what's holding you back and causing you difficulty and discover your own inner wisdom and strength. Even if you're not sure you have any!
What do I do?
I offer both short and long term counselling and coaching by video or phone. (In normal times I also offer face to face sessions in a tranquil, relaxing setting 3 miles southeast of Bicester, and within easy reach of Oxford, Kidlington and Aylesbury.)
I aim to create a positive, healing space that allows you to access your intrinsic potential to make changes that will help you lead a more fulfilling life. You can freely express yourself without being judged, safely process negative feelings and experiences, and think about new ways of living your life and relating to others. You remain the expert on you, but I can offer information, insights and suggestions to help you achieve your unique goals.
Who do I work with?
I work with adults of all ages who may be experiencing a range of issues, including (but not limited to):
- past or recent trauma
- workplace stress and bullying
- bereavement and loss
- issues around sex and sexuality.
I also have specialised, accredited training in working with clients who have experienced the loss of a baby before, at or after birth, and have experience in working with women who have experienced sexual abuse and assault through my work at the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre.
Working with me
Whether we work in a virtual counselling room or a real one, you'll find a warm, friendly welcome and a commitment to helping you tap into your inborn capacity for change and healing.
I’m a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, and I work within the ethical frameworks of both of these bodies. I regularly undertake additional training to continue to improve my work with clients.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
I have personal experience of pregnancy loss so I understand the range of (sometimes conflicting) emotions that can accompany it. I have completed specialist training on working with parents who have experienced pregnancy loss or the loss of a baby during or shortly after birth. Whether one or both parents choose to seek counselling, you are assured of a gentle welcome and a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental space to work through this unique grief at your own pace.
Sexual Abuse and Assault
As a counsellor at the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, I've worked at a deep level with clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and/or sexual assault. Dealing with the aftermath of these experiences (flashbacks, dissociation, nightmares, hypervigilance, difficulties trusting other, etc.) can feel overwhelming and, unfortunately, not everyone is able to access free counselling services in a timely way (or even at all).
I've seen firsthand what a big step it is to ask for help as the survivor of sexual violence. I aim to create a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental space where you can carefully process your experiences at your own pace.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (accredited by the National Counselling Society)
- Certificate in Pregnancy and Infant Loss (accredited by the Foundation for Infant Loss)
- Professional Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (accredited by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Committee and the Hypnotherapy Association)
- Academic qualifications: BA, MBA.
- Specialist counsellor for survivors of sexual abuse and assault at Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre
- 15+ years’ experience as a manager and coach in a corporate environment
- Life Skills Coaching
- Treating Intrusive Thoughts
- Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorders
- Self-Acceptance (CBT)
- Internal Family Systems (parts therapy)
- Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment
- Working with Suicide and Self Harm
- Self-Relations Therapy
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist counsellor in sexual abuse and assault
Specialist counsellor in pregnancy and infant loss
£50 per session (50 minutes)
Reduced rates and flexible appointment times available for key workers during the Coronavirus crisis.
I also offer concessions to students, trainee counsellors and people on a low income. Please call or email for more information.
Concessions offered for
Appointments are generally available on Wednesdays between 9:00-6:00, Thursdays between 2.00-6.00, and Fridays between 8.30-4.00. Other times may be available by arrangement.
During the Covid-19 crisis, all sessions take place on a secure counselling platform or telephone (including WhatsApp and FaceTime, although I can't guarantee the security of those platforms).
My office is situated 3 miles southeast of Bicester, within easy reach of Oxford, Kidlington and Aylesbury. There is plenty of free parking. The purpose-built therapy room is located to the rear of the property and can be made accessible for wheelchair users with advanced notice. I'm aiming to make the property permanently accessible in the future.