Rowena Smyth MBACP
Whether you have a specific problem you’re struggling to live with or simply feel that there’s something not right with your life - overwhelmed and confused or underwhelmed and living under a shadow - I’m here to offer you a calm, supportive haven where we can focus on you and find a way for you to feel in control of your life, and at peace with yourself.
I’m a qualified Humanistic Counsellor and member of the BACP. I don’t have a perfect life or hold all the answers but through working with me you’ll experience non-judgemental listening, warmth, empathy (and even humour) alongside a background of Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis training.
We are slowly shaped by all the relationships we have experienced in our life and out of our awareness we adapt our thoughts and feelings to make ourselves feel worthwhile or fit in with others’ expectations. Through our counselling relationship, I can help you rediscover and accept your genuine self; one that is robust enough to embrace whatever life throws your way.
The Next Step:
If you would like a consultation, please call or email me so we can talk through your situation. From there we can book a first session which will enable you to explore what is happening for you right now...and where you hope to be after counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I first started work in a supportive environment in 2011 when I started training and working with The Samaritans. The experience of working with people at crisis point, has enabled me to frame my work and provide a highly robust and considered approach.
My clients span all genders and diversities, and I work with all ages. My specialisms include:
- working with older age clients (from 60-85+)
- middle life issues including divorce; redundancy, retirement and financial change
- issues relating to family dynamics (currently and in earlier life)
- empty nesters and change
I have public liability insurance and attend regular continuing personal development.
- BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees start at £45 for an individual 50 minute session or 1 hour sessions at £50.
Please email me using the counselling directory form, or phone me directly to talk through your individual requirements.
I am based in Tunbridge Wells, with on street parking.