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Liz Smith

Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18
07934923122 07934923122
Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18

About me

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you understand yourself and your relationships with others and make positive, empowering changes in your life. If you are struggling with difficult emotions, low self-esteem, negative childhood experiences or past trauma, I can help. Counselling and therapy can help you to identify and change patterns that might once have helped you survive, but are now holding you back from becoming who you want to be in the world.

I offer a confidential and safe space and a warm, holistic and empathic approach to helping you develop self-awareness, compassion and self-acceptance, to understand your experiences and emotions, and to promote personal growth and development.

I am a trauma informed practitioner offering a safe space for working through past trauma and abuse. I am neurodiversity positive and I also welcome clients with autism, Asperger's, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, etc. I understand the unique strengths and challenges neurodivergence can bring in life, education and work. I work in a non-pathologising and strengths-based way, respecting you as an individual. I do my utmost to make therapy as accessible as possible and to tailor my approach and offering to your needs and goals.

I offer short and long-term work and can work on a weekly or fortnightly basis.


Training, qualifications & experience

I am qualified to postgraduate level in Psychotherapy and Counselling and working towards a BACP-accredited Masters.

I also have completed additional training in the following areas:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Trauma-informed therapy and neurobiology of trauma
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Neurodiversity - autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia
  • BSL Level 1
  • Deaf awareness and training in working with interpreters
  • Working with self harm and suicidal ideation
  • Therapeutic Writing

My background prior to training as a therapist was in community mental health services, crisis support and suicide prevention. I remain a trustee of a crisis support charity. My counselling and therapy experience includes work with survivors of sexual abuse and their families, women with experience of abuse and trauma, and work in both voluntary and private sectors with clients of all ages presenting with a wide range of issues such as trauma and abuse, anxiety, depression, life transition issues, family and relationship conflict, suicide bereavement, and neurodivergent students and adults needing support to navigate education and work.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Neurodiversity positive counselling

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Online sessions £40

Face to face at Victoria Therapy Centre, Saltaire - £50

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Further information

Concessionary rates may be available for low incomes - these apply to online sessions only.

Shipley
West Yorkshire
BD18

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

I offer online sessions via Zoom for those who would find it difficult to attend face to face.

Availability

Mon - daytime

Tues - daytime

Weds - daytime/evening

Types of client

Adults
Liz Smith

Liz Smith