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Dip Therapeutic Counselling MBACP MBACP (Accred)

About me

My name is Maria Smith and I am a fully qualified and counsellor and Accredited, Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I had been a qualified counsellor for 11 years. I have a rich pallet of counselling experiences with individuals and young people in various settings such as private practice, fostering, looked after children and young people, schools, youth centres, churches, charities and non-profit organisations. I consider myself to be a unique therapist with experience in both secular and spiritual worlds.  My own belief is that all people are born to be good and achieve in life, however, we are conditioned by our environments and those around us. This is the therapeutic frame in which I work as a humanistic, person-centred counsellor. I also believe that we function on many different levels such as physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual and all these levels seek to find harmony (integrate and communicate) and which can be overwhelming, but not impossible to establish.

I speak three languages at native level and have offered counselling in these languages which was both interesting and very rewarding. I value each and every client regardless of their identity, status or ethnicity. I aim to be non-judgmental, confidential and to provide a safe and healthy environment to develop relationships with my clients.

I have a particular interest in: attachment issues, trauma, identity, family dynamics and family matters. I also have a personal interest in Mental Health and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I adhere totally to the BACP professional and ethical framework. I have professional indemnity insurance and I work in the historic City of Rochester, Kent.

I offer both long term and short term counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) member (MBACP Accred), member of the voluntary accredited register http://www.bacpregister.org.uk/check_register/result_details.php?personid=1213046
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Lev 4 CPCAB 2009
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies Lev 3 CPCAB 2005
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Lev 2 2005
  • Certificate in Understanding Development - Adolescence Sept 2019 Tavistock and Portman NHS
  • Certificate in Children's Accelerated Trauma Technique (CAAT 2019) The British Association of Art Therapists BAAT
  • Families and Beyond Introduction to Systemic Family Therapy  Tavistock and Portman NHS  - Completed 2018 December
  • Certificate of attending: The Fragile Self: working with narcissistic vulnerability, grandiosity, shame and alienation February 2018
  • Certificate of attending: Safeguarding Children including Child Protection 2021
  • QA Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (including management of catastrophic bleeding)  2020
  • Certificate of attending CPD Drug and Alcohol/ Sept 2015
  • Certificate of attending: Working on the Trauma Continuum/ Oct 2015
  • Certificate in attending: Secure Base Model Training/ Feb 2016
  • Certificate attending workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent/ June 2019
  • Certificate of attending Lego Therapy Training/ Dec 2013
  • Certificate of attending CPD Working with Creative Arts/ May 2014
  • Certificate of attending CPD Growth in the Darkness (use of creative arts)/ June 2014
  • Certificate of Attendance "Working with the Bereaved"/ April 2000

I am committed to continuous professional development. My recent training courses include Attachment, Trauma, Drug and Alchool and working with "fragile self" working with narcisisstic vulnerability, grandiosity, shame and alienation. (Oct 2017)

As a member of the BACP, I adhere to the ethical framework for good practice in Counselling. I also currently coordinate therapy for a private fostering centre in Kent.

Member organisations

BACP

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

Fees

From £45.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

Initial Assessment- this is an informal first meeting in which I can explain more about therapy and you can also gain more insight into how we might work together. it is an opportunity to consider together different options and make arrangments that will work best for you.

My Initial Assessment Fees are £45 for individual and £60 for couples

My sessions are 50 mins long both for assessments and counselling sessions, except couples assessment and sessions which might be 60-70 mins long.

My Counselling Sessions fees are £45 and £60 for couples.

I offer a lower rate to Counselling students, you must check with your training provider that personal therapy with myself is accepted.

I also offer lower rate to those booking block set of 10-20 sessions.

When I work

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Rochester, Kent, ME1

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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My current practice has no disabled access, however I can offer walking therapy at two risk assessed locations. Please discuss any other special arrangements and needs. Many thanks.

Additional languages

Romanian, Hungarian

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