Mary Smith MBACP.
I am a trained psychodynamic therapist and have worked in both the NHS and private practice for many years.
Initially I trained as a nurse and worked in mental health, in both adult and child and adolescent services, in the NHS for 26 years, however I became more convinced that in spite of prescription drugs having their place, talking to people and building relationships is much more meaningful and helpful to people who are distressed and struggling with various difficulties. I did further training at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Edinburgh and Glasgow. I worked in the Tayside Adult Psychotherapy Service as a Senior Adult Psychotherapist until my retiral in 2008.
HOW CAN COUNSELLING/PSYCHOTHERAPY HELP?
Through the counsellor and client working together in a safe, confidential, containing setting where trust and a working relationship is established, a resolution of the presenting difficulties can occur.
HOW DO I WORK?
I work as a psychodynamic practitioner. Psychodynamic Counselling/ Psychotherapy has its roots in Freud and the analytic tradition although since Freud it has developed in different directions.
As a psychodynamic practitioner I believe that unfinished business and unresolved issues from the past can have a damaging effect on our living in the present in both our private and working lives.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The work is normally long term [years rather than weeks/months] and will usually be on at least a weekly basis, but this will be negotiated at the assessment appointment.
HOW TO CONTACT ME.
I would ask that you contact me by phone initially so that we can have a short discussion about your current difficulties and if agreed we will meet at a mutually convenient time for an assessment session which can take up to 90minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a background in nursing and worked in Mental Health in the NHS for 26 years, I retired in 2008 from my post as Senior Adult Psychotherapist.
I also worked in the Child and Adolescent mental Health Service for over 20 years and have training in Family Therapy from Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Glasgow [1996-1997].
I trained at Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Edinburgh; [now Human Development Scotland]
2 Years Human Relations and Counselling Course[1994-1996].
Family Therapy Training [1996- 1997]
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling[1997-1999].
I have had my own private practice for 14 years and currently work from home.
I worked as a school counsellor in a local private school for a period of time.
I am an accredited member of BACP
I am a member of Human Development Scotland.
I hold an Advanced Disclosure [Disclosure Scotland]
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
My fee is £50 for the analytic hour [50 mins]
The assessment [first] appointment can take up to 90minutes and will be charged accordingly.
I also offer psychodynamic supervision and am a supervisor to people from various backgrounds including the NHS, Further Education establishments and the voluntary sector.
I am passionate about my work and feel that talking therapies can be the answer to many psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, personality difficulties, childhood trauma, bereavement difficulties, relationship problems amongst many more.
DIFFICULTIES WITH TRAVEL.
If, for any reason, after assessment, you cannot travel to appointments we can discuss other arrangements for consultations e.g using SKYPE.
HOW TO GET THERE.
If you are travelling by car there is free parking close to my house.
I live on the no7 bus route and the bus stops are nearby.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work every weekday during the day and in the evening.
Types of client
Supervision & training
As a psychodynamic therapist I have experience in supervising clinicians in the NHS, people working as counsellors in Further Education establishments and counsellors in private practice.