Sally Smith BSc, MSc, MA Relationship Therapy with Ind, Couples, Families & YP

Sally Smith BSc, MSc, MA Relationship Therapy with Ind, Couples, Families & YP

The Mews
Angley Park
Angley Road
Cranbrook
Kent
TN17 2PN

07922 631259

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About me

I am a experienced Relate trained relationship specialist working with individuals, couples & families. I have also trained to work with young people aged 10 yrs - 18yrs and currently have been working and supporting young people within a secondary school environment. I have experience in working with all aspects of relationship issues in an open, empathic and non-judgemental way.

Whether you are experiencing relationship issues,anxiety/low mood or have a Young Person struggling with anxiety/low mood. My aim is to provide you with a safe, supportive space where you can feel comfortable to talk openly about your life, troubles or worries you may have found difficult to share with others. Small changes and new ways of understanding your problems can have significant positive impacts within your relationships.

STEP 1

Please feel free to look at my website or contact me directly to discuss your requirements and make arrangements for an appointment.This can be a time for you to focus upon your own needs and feelings. To create an opportunity to gain a better understanding of yourself, to gain new skills to use now and in your future.

STEP 2

Counselling is a process whereby you are given the space to find the courage to begin to discuss and consider your feelings in a safe therapeutic environment. It can seem a difficult process to begin however just by enquiring, and starting that journey can be so rewarding. You are the expert of your life and a good counsellor will help facilitate you to begin to develop more understanding of yourself and your reactions to difficult situations. This information is incredibly useful to help in the here and now and for your future.

How I work

I work with my clients as an Integrative Counsellor drawing upon Systemic Theories and Psychodynamic Theories in my approach with clients. I have also Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Theory, Mindfulness and many other theories to draw upon that many clients have found incredibly useful during our counselling sessions.

Ethics & confidentiality

I use a recognised ethical framework of the BACP & AFT with regards to maintaining confidentiality for all my clients. I have regular Criminal Record Checks as required. I hold all my data and protect all my clients appropriately. I receive regular Supervision as required by BACP guidelines both individual and group supervision. I attend regular Continuous Professional Development Days whereby I update my knowledge in accordance with BACP guidelines.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA in Relationship Therapy
  • MSc in Psychology
  • BscHons in Psychology
  • Experienced Relate Counsellor
  • Registered member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
  • Certificate in Integrative Counselling
  • Qualified Young Person Counsellor 10 - 18 yrs

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

Fees

£60 for a 60 minute session for Individuals, Couples & Families

£50 for 50 minute session for Young People 10 -18yrs

Sessions

I work from home in a tranquil, quiet and private location.

I offer Monday - Friday daytime and evening appointments

Saturdays Morning appointments on request

I offer both short term and long term therapy for my clients, depending upon their requirements. During the first session we will work together to discuss the focus of the work and see if you want to work together in future sessions. Then we can plan your future sessions depending upon availability.

Further information

Please feel free to contact me either by email or telephone for a friendly chat. I am happy to answer any questions you may have and my availability for appointments.

Alternatively I encourage you to look at my website and contact me via that.

Why counselling

  • Is your relationship under strain?
  • Do you feel your relationship could do with a MOT?
  • Has the birth of a child impacted your relationship?
  • Have you been concerned about the thought of your child going off to  University?
  • Have you felt like you've become 'flat mates' ?
  • Has you life recently changed and you feel like your relationship has caught up?
  • Have either of you been involved in an inappropriate friendship or affair?
  • Have you thoughts about separating?
  • How do you manage conflict in your relationships?

These are just some of the topics previous clients have brought to our sessions please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns and how as a specifically trained Relationship Specialist I can help you.

Individual counselling

As a professionally trained counsellor I would work with you one to one to spend time upon your current issue. People consider counselling for all different reasons and it is important to realise counselling is not about giving advice. I work using an integrative framework and I adhere to a set of rules/ethics and confidentiality. As a relationship specialist we can work together to help you develop a better understanding of your own situation. It can be beneficial to make connections between the past and now and how this may be impacting upon your present day situation. By questioning and talking together we can begin to help you focus upon your difficulties and strengths and work on developing new strategies for now and the future. At the heart of this work is our therapeutic relationship and the first session will be an opportunity to develop this and work out what you would like to focus upon in future sessions. Please feel free to contact me and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Couple counselling

Having both partners in the room can be incredibly beneficial and is a unique opportunity for a couple experiencing difficulties to have a session with a professionally trained couple counsellor to facilitate their session. Over time the aim would be to gain understanding and new skills to help the couple develop new ways to communicate their feelings both good and troubled to each other. Many couples come to counselling for all sorts of reasons from affairs, maybe situations whereby the individuals have been feeling like they are room mates or they love their partner but not in love with them. We can work together to search for connections that link the past to the present, explore beliefs/roles you may have in order to help you understand their impact upon your current relationship.  Please be aware not all counsellors have been trained to work with couples and the intricacies of having two people in the room giving each space to speak and be heard. My training has been to work specifically with couples and all their presenting issues whether this is just a feeling that your relationship requires a 'couple MOT' or something more complex. Please contact me if your require further information and support.

Family counselling

I am a trained family therapist and have experience working with many family members across different ages and generations. It is important when families feel they are in a crisis for all members to feel safe and comfortable to talk openly about their feelings. The private space I have in my private practice is large enough to accommodate as many members as necessary. Family relationships are different from our friends and acquaintances and we can often find ourselves in conflict with particular family members and have no idea how to fix these relationships. The important role of the counsellor is to help increase each family members' ability to relate to each other. To help provide an opportunity for the family to speak openly about their feelings and express their thoughts and emotions in a safe supportive environment. My aim is to help each family member develop an understanding of others and find ways to move forward. Please contact me to seek further advice and support.

Young people

My aim is to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with the Young Person so they feel comfortable to discuss their issues/problems they are facing. The space I have in my private practice is safe and tranquil to aid the process of counselling. I will work with the Young Person to help them gain understanding of their moods and emotions in order for them to begin to develop resilience and strategies to cope with every day life. Being more aware of yourself enables you to be more self accepting more sensitive to others.  Young people face an number of issues that many of their parents have found difficult to understand. Self harm is a complex topic and many young people experience turning to this behaviour and I can work with them to help them develop more positive coping strategies and encourage the young person to express their feelings and thoughts in a safe environment. Many Young People are experiencing high levels of stress and it can be helpful to be with a counsellor to explain what stress is and how it affects you. Then work with the Young Person to consider alternative ways of developing and preventing symptoms of stress. Counselling can also offer an opportunity for Young People to find healthy ways to look after their body and mind.  If you have a Young Person who needs support please contact me to have a confidential talk and we can discuss in more detail how we can work to support them.

Maps & Directions

Cranbrook, TN17 2PN

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

I offer sessions mon - fri and sat morns please feel free to contact me to find a suitable time

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Couples
Families