Phoebe Smith

Phoebe Smith

Tunbridge Wells


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Tunbridge Wells


About me

I am a fully qualified and registered integrative (arts) psychotherapist and research psychologist. Working in an integrative way, means that my training enables me to draw upon a number of different theories and approaches (i.e., Humanistic (client/person-centred), Transactional Analysis, Attachment, Psychoanalytical, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Gestalt): to address a wide range of issues.

As a trained Arts Therapist, I can also introduce art therapy methodology into sessions according to the individual needs of the client. In order to engage with art therapy techniques, clients do not need to be good at art or even remotely 'arty'! Art therapy draws upon pictorial cognition (e.g., thinking and communicating through images/imagery). Pictorial cognition is one of many forms of thinking in non-verbal representations (Horowitz, 1967). Often, we do not have the words to describe what we are feeling. In fact, research demonstrates that language often constrains the ways in which we think (Brown, 1986): so being able to ‘step-outside’ of the language we use can be incredibly useful and productive. In this way, working with imagery can help to give form and meaning to that which is felt, but unobservable (e.g., Malchiodi, 1998; Horowitz, 1967). Working in this way, can also be beneficial if you are experiencing a creative block in your thinking/work.

My work with clients can, therefore, take several forms depending on the issues that an individual is currently dealing with. In the main I work with adults to overcome a wide range of issues including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, transition difficulties, self-esteem, anger, stress, gender, relationship, work-related problems, bereavement and loss.

Therapy sessions focus on helping individuals to develop new, more adaptive, coping strategies to replace those which are not currently life-enhancing, and: have thus led to the current problems.

Training, qualifications & experience

Educational Qualifications
PhD (on-going) in Forensic Psychology, MPhil (Forensic Psychology), MSc (Forensic Psychology, BSc Hons (Social Psychology).

Professional qualifications
MA In Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (IATE, London), Accelerated Trauma Treatment levels 1 & 2.

Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts (IATE, London)

Certificate in working with the transpersonal arts (Tobias School of Art, East Grinstead.

Additional Qualifications
Accelerated Trauma Treatment levels 1 & 2
Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE):

BACP member (805875)
BPS member (255502)
HCPC Registered Arts Psychotherapist (AS15216)
CRB enhanced check.

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


I have particular experience working with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Child Related Issues
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress and PTSD
  • Stress

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Fees are £50.00 per 50-minute session. I offer day and evening appointments.

There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. The full fee will be charged for cancellations less than 48 hours in advance and for missed sessions.

After the initial session, payment is one-week in advance.

I also offer discounts for students and individuals for block sessions paid in advance.

Maps & Directions

Tunbridge Wells, TN1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme