Dr Richard Smith
I am an experienced Chartered Psychologist with a Doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology. I have a BSc honours degree in Psychology from Lancaster University and an MSc in Occupational Psychology (workplace based psychology). I have extensive NHS training and experience within primary care and secondary care services dealing with mild to complex mental health problems.
I offer individual, couples and group therapy, treatment for depression and anxiety, personality difficulties, bi-polar disorder, OCD, PTSD, social phobia, trauma, phobias, anger management, relationship issues, sexual issues, and addictive behaviour.
I have a particular interest in post traumatic stress (PTSD) and use a CBT approach to help with this. I also have extensive experience diagnosing and Asperger's Syndrome in adults. I am a world expert in existential dream analysis and can provide therapy based on dream work and analysis.
What is my approach?
Firstly I believe in creating a supportive and safe place to come and express yourself without fear of judgement. No one size fits all so my approach is integrative, drawing from a host of different therapeutic offerings including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, dialectical behavioural therapy (especially for emotional/mood swings), psychodynamic and existential therapy. In addition, I draw a great deal of information from how we present in the therapy room in order to draw relevant parallels and repeating relational patterns with what might be going on in the outside world.
I put emphasis on measurable change where ever possible and see therapy as a way to move our lives on from our current "impasse" to a place where we would like to be, as long as this process is consistent with our values, is ethical and the desire is not incompatible with a productive and fulfilling life (surprisingly, this conflict is not uncommon!).
What to expect when we meet:
I would initially invite you in for an initial consultation, this will involve taking a personal historical account of your background (early experiences, subsequent formative experiences, family structures, support networks). We will then take a detailed account of your current difficulties and begin to explore reasons for coming to therapy and what you would like to work on.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions will vary depending on the complexity of your issues but typically patients with straightforward depression and anxiety make significant progress after 12-15 sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (hons) in Psychology attained at Lancaster University.
- MSc in Occupational Psychology attained at Cranfield University.
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Regents University.
- Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and member of division of counselling psychology.
Registered / Accredited
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have expertise in business psychology (Masters degree level) which may be of interest for those with occupational related issues such as stress and work through to personality assessments for career suitability.
Please email or message for more information on fee structure. I work to a sliding scale from £125-£180 per session.
If you are insured via Aviva, Cigna, Axa PPP, then the fees they cover you for may vary and I will need a policy number and an authorisation code.
7 am - 6pm Mon-Fri, 9 am -1 pm Saturdays
I am also founder of a larger practice (The London Psychologist Clinic). There we can also offer advice and prescribed medication through our Consultant Psychiatrist - Dr Nagore Benito.