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MBACP Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

About me

*I am currently not taking on any new clients until June, if you would like to go on a waiting list please still get in touch.*

I am an accredited, qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, committed to providing an accepting and caring space for you to explore what you are struggling with. I have found that when you feel valued and understood by someone, you naturally become better at being able to offer that to yourself. I prioritise working to build trust, so I can be there to support you through painful and vulnerable moments. I believe that therapy can be a place where you get to explore parts of yourself that you might not often get to express. I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and sexual trauma. 

How I work

The type of psychotherapy I practice is Humanistic which values you as an equal and an active part of the therapy treatment. In our work together, you can decide the pace and depth of what you want, and I will be there to support you in trusting what feels right for you. 

I trained in Gestalt, Person-Centred and Transactional Analysis therapies, so I integrate a range of theoretical and creative tools but tailor the approach to what is useful for you, and provide a genuine, candid space for you to talk openly. 

Many of us learn growing up that some of our needs or feelings are unacceptable, or shameful and so we find it hard to accept them in ourselves. We can end up feeling stuck, wondering why we keep repeating the same patterns or feeling overwhelmed. This isn’t because there is something ‘bad’ about us. It is based on ways we have used to cope and survive. Together, I aim to help you make sense of yourself and what you’ve lived through. I hope to find ways that allow you to feel authentic and comfortable in who you are. 

Starting Therapy Together

If you are interested in exploring what it might be like to work with me as your therapist, please get in touch by emailing me. It might feel daunting starting therapy, but I will aim to make our first session as comfortable and supportive as I can. We can have an open conversation that lets me find out what’s brought you this point and what you are hoping for. 

You will be able to ask me any questions or tell me any concerns you might have, as well as get a feel for if my approach is the right one for you. You might want to commit to a limited number of sessions, or you may want a more open-ended approach. We can discuss what works for you and agree an initial counselling contract. Together, we can regularly review your progress, how you are finding therapy, and any new areas you might want to work on. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and BACP member. I hold a Level 6 Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling and am continuing training at masters level at Metanoia Institute in West London. 

I have a first class honours degree in visual communication and worked as an art consultant and teacher for over a decade.

I have extensive experience of providing counselling in the voluntary sector, particularly working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 

Member organisations


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.


Additional information

£50 for a 50 minute session

Further information

I currently have private practices in Stoke Newington, London and Dorchester, Dorset. I specifically integrate online and telephone working as a feature of my practice. I accept online sessions from anyone in the United Kingdom.

1 Ringhill Street, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3TL

Type of session

In person
Ela Smith

Ela Smith