Margaret Smith Psychotherapist & Supervisor BACP accred, UKCP reg. BABCP accred
Finding the right person to work with when you are looking for a therapist is important. The need for a confidential space where you can feel heard, understood and empowered lays the essential foundations for change to take place.
I am passionate about the quality of the therapeutic relationship as a key element to facilitate change. Following my initial counsellor training, I had the opportunity to deepen my learning and understanding of this when studying for my MSc in Person-Centred Psychotherapy and devoted my dissertation to ‘ The Quality of Presence within the Therapeutic Relationship’. In my view this ability to be present rests on my commitment to being empathic, accepting and genuine in therapy sessions.
The quality of presence is further enhanced by my regular mindfulness practice. This helps me to establish and develop our working relationship.
I have experience in working therapeutically with children, adults and couples as they have explored the experiences that have impacted on their day to day living. These have included:
- Relationship difficulties – with self and with others,
- Separation, loss and bereavement
- Anxiety and stress
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Specific phobias
- Feelings of shame and low self-worth
- Trauma – including violence and abuse in both adult and childhood relationships
- Questions about sexuality and sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Chronic pain and chronic fatigue
I am able to offer both person centred psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). These are very different forms of therapy and I am happy to explain the advantages of each of these modalities.
I also teach mindfulness MBSR and MBCT to groups and individuals. I have successfully completed my Mindfulness Teacher Training with Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, they are at the forefront of mindfulness training in the UK and insist their students receive supervision and follow the Good Practice Guidelines for mindfulness based courses.
I welcome people from all walks of life. I am able to offer a ground floor consulting room for anyone with mobility difficulties. My initial session is free, providing the opportunity to discuss the support and type of therapy that you are seeking and our possible agreement to work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (University of Salford)
- Certificate in Working with Children and Young People (PCCS, Manchester)
- Certificate in Person Centred Supervision (Temenos, Sheffield)
- MSc in Person Centred Psychotherapy (Temenos, Sheffield)
- Certificate in Couples Counselling (Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre)
- Post Graduate Diploma Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of Cumbria)
- Certificate of Competence in Teaching Mindfulness (University of Bangor)
I have 20 years experience working as a counsellor/psychotherapist. I have set up a counselling service and provided counselling for children in three primary schools, been employed as a counsellor and CBT therapist for adults in the NHS for over 16 years, and worked in private practice as a psychotherapist for individuals and couples and supervisor for counsellors. I teach Mindfulness (MBCT/MBSR) to groups in the locality.
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.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual one hour session: £70
Supervision £70 per hour