Peter Smith, MBACP
WHAT CAN COUNSELLING DO FOR YOU?
We will all experience times when the pressures and difficulties of life reach a point where they can simply overwhelm us. After all, you can only take so much stress and strife before something has to give! And when facing such a crisis - perhaps through family problems, relationship difficulties, work-related stress, past experiences of trauma, bereavement, loss, or the vicious circles of anxiety or depression - you can wind up feeling stuck and unsure of the way forward. This is when counselling can help.
I use different methods depending on the needs of each client because we are all unique and each person's problems require a tailor-made solution. So for example, a neurological approach is often best when treating trauma, PTSD, phobias or addiction, whereas mindfulness can be very effective for managing anxiety, depression or chronic pain, and counselling is usually a good way to improve communication and build trust in relationships. Often I will blend several different methods as needed, but whatever the problem I always focus on my clients' present and future needs (while addressing any relevant issues from their past) with a view to helping them find the best solutions for their particular situation.
Successful counselling should lead to a greater self-awareness, understanding, resilience and acceptance; and invariably it involves a process of learning and personal growth. This is because the most valuable lessons in life result from overcoming some personal difficulty or hardship. Effective counselling should also provide you with new strategies and tools that allow you to deal with difficult feelings of anger, fear, shame and guilt without being dominated or overwhelmed by them in future. And it should also bring freedom from anxiety, depression, past traumas and phobias; all of which will increase your confidence and allow for more honesty, openness and intimacy in your relationships.
I am a BACP registered counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor and mindfulness teacher with an established private practice in Glastonbury, Somerset. I began practising art therapy over 30 years ago before qualifying in person-centred counselling, mindfulness and more recently in supervision. I am continually in training to acquire new skills and update my old ones to ensure that my counselling practice remains effective and fresh. If life is a learning curve then counselling is about learning some of the most profound and personal lessons there are, lessons about identity, purpose, fulfilment and finding your meaning and happiness in life. These questions can only be answered through a personal journey of introspection and I see my role as being a trusty and experienced ally who can help in your search for answers.
I have lived and travelled extensively overseas and enjoy being with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. I was a successful artist and teacher before training as a psychotherapist and I love to study nature, both inner and outer, and to observe it closely in order to better understand the inner workings of our human experience. Whatever your background, race, nationality, social class, culture, sexuality, gender, ability or disability, faith or non-faith; I welcome you and I look forward to hearing from you.
THE NEXT STEP
If this is your first time looking for a counsellor I understand how it can feel more than a little daunting! Deciding to seek help is often difficult and it takes courage to face up to our problems and then take steps to resolve them. So doing this could be a major turning point in your life - well done!
And then there's the question of finding the right counsellor for you. These days there are so many qualified counsellors from different backgrounds and specialisms, practising a whole range of different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy that knowing where to start can be confusing! And counselling is such a personal and intense experience that you really do need to find someone who you can trust and feel comfortable with. Finding the right counsellor is perhaps the most important choice you will make on the road to recovery, so take some time and contact a few different ones before reaching a decision. At this stage an initial face to face meeting or a telephone conversation is likely to be the next step to finding a counsellor who is right for you.
If you have read through my profile and you feel that we might work well together then you may feel ready to give me a call or drop me an email and we can set up an initial session where we can talk through what you want to get out of counselling. And if you are comfortable and happy to continue then we'll set up a second session and take it from there. I normally see clients once a week for as long as they need, but I also offer fortnightly sessions so there is some flexibility.
I offer a free initial session so we can get to know each other and see how it might feel to work together. Then if you want to proceed we will make an appointment for your first session and after that you will have a regular session, weekly or fortnightly, until you decide to finish.
The standard fee for counselling is £45 per hour-long session.
There is a concessionary fee of £30 per session for anyone on benefits or low income.
HOW TO PAY
- All sessions are paid for in advance to secure a appointment.
- The first session is paid for by Bank Transfer.
- At the end of each session you will pay for the next session in cash so that you are always paid up in advance.
- If you cancel a session with at least 24 hrs notice I will either re-schedule the session or refund your money.
- Sessions can be invoiced according to your preference, weekly or monthly, etc.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Awareness in Bereavement Counselling
- Post Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy (Bath College)
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Cruse Bereavement Care Supervisor
- Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Bangor University)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision (CSTD, Bath)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Counselling: £45 per hour
- Supervision: £50 per hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments are available on weekdays between 9 and 5 and on some evenings and weekends
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer clinical supervision to individual therapists, and to groups, including healthcare workers and organisations.View supervision profile