Peter Smith MNCS Accred
WHAT CAN COUNSELLING DO FOR YOU?
We all experience times in our lives when it feels like our problems might overwhelm us and when we are facing such a crisis point in life—perhaps through relationship problems, work-related stress, trauma, bereavement, or recurrent cycles of anxiety or depression—we can end up feeling stuck and unsure of how to move forward. This is when counselling can help.
I use various methods in my work with individual clients and couples because each person's problems are unique and will require a tailor-made solution. Often I combine several different methods, but whatever the problem may be my focus is always on my client’s needs and on helping them to find the best solutions for their particular situation.
Successful counselling leads to greater self-awareness, understanding, resilience and acceptance; and invariably it involves a process of personal learning and growth. This will be challenging sometimes, but then the most valuable lessons in life always result from overcoming some personal difficulty or hardship. Effective counselling teaches new ways of processing and managing difficult feelings, such as anger, fear, shame or guilt; without being dominated or overwhelmed by them in future. This brings freedom from anxiety, depression, past traumas and phobias and it will increase your confidence and allow for more openness and intimacy in your relationships.
I’m a counsellor, supervisor and mindfulness teacher and I work with individual clients and with couples, both online and face-to-face, from my counselling practice based in Glastonbury, Somerset. I began my therapeutic work over 30 years ago as an artist and teacher before qualifying in person-centred counselling, mindfulness teaching (MBSR and MBCT), and supervision. I belong to the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred) and I continue on in further training, to develop and update my professional skills to ensure that my counselling practice is always effective and safe.
Life is a mysterious journey and a learning curve, and counselling is a wonderful way of teasing out some of the most important lessons in life and answering key personal questions about our identity and who we really are, and discovering our own sources of happiness, purpose, meaning and fulfilment. These are crucial questions that can only be answered through a process of personal exploration and introspection and it helps to have an experienced and trustworthy companion to help guide you in the search for answers. I’ve lived and travelled overseas extensively and I appreciate people from all different backgrounds and cultures. I’ve been a successful artist, exhibition curator, and teacher (among other things) before becoming a counsellor, supervisor and mindfulness teacher. I love to observe nature, both inner and outer, and study it closely to better understand our common humanity. Whatever your background, race, nationality, social class, culture, sexuality, gender, ability or disability, faith or non-faith; I welcome you and look forward to working together with you.
THE NEXT STEP
If this is your first time looking for counselling it may feel confusing and even a little scary! Deciding to get help is hard and it takes courage to face up to our problems and take steps towards resolving them. This decision may be a major turning point in your life—so well done!
And now there's the question of finding the right counsellor for you. Selecting a counsellor is perhaps the most important choice you will make on your path towards growth and recovery and there are so many different qualified counsellors practising various specialist approaches to counselling and psychotherapy that knowing where to start can be confusing! So take your time and contact several different ones before making your decision. Counselling is such a personal experience that it’s really important to find someone who you feel comfortable with and can trust. At this stage an initial face to face meeting or phone conversation is likely to be the next step in finding the right counsellor for you.
If you’ve read my profile (congratulations on your stamina and persistence!) and if you feel that we might work well together then I’d invite you to call me or drop me an email so we can arrange for an initial session where we can discuss what you want from counselling and I’ll answer any questions you may have. There's no charge for this and no obligation. If you wish to continue then we'll arrange to start counselling, otherwise I may be able to recommend other sources of help for you.. I normally see clients on a weekly basis for as long as they need, but I also offer fortnightly sessions. Counselling can either take place in person face-to-face, by phone, or online via secure video-link, email, or text messaging.
I offer a free initial session to see how it might feel to work together. Then if you want to start counselling we will make an appointment for your first session and after that you will have regular sessions, weekly or fortnightly, until you decide to finish.
The standard fee for individual counselling is £45 per hour-long session. There is a concessionary fee of £30 per session for anyone on benefits or low income.
Individual supervision is £60 per session.
Couple counselling is £60 per session
HOW TO PAY
- All sessions are paid for in advance when you book an appointment.
- Payment is taken in cash or by Bank Transfer.
- At the end of a session payment is taken for the next session so that you are always paid up in advance.
- If you cancel a session with at least 24 hrs notice I can re-schedule the session or refund your money. If you miss a session without notice your payment will not be refunded
- Sessions can be invoiced weekly or monthly, according to your preference.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Bangor University)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision (CSTD, Bath)
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Individual Counselling: £45 per hour
- Couples Counselling: £60 per hour
- Individual Supervision: £60 per hour
Reduced fees are available for students and those on low income or benefits