My name is Sarah Smith and I have over twelve years’ experience of working therapeutically with children and young people with a variety of complex emotional and behavioural needs. Over the last five years I have specialised in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help young people suffering from trauma, depression, anger, anxiety difficulties, low self-esteem, self-harming behaviour and much more.
I have experience of working with young people in the community as well as those in specialist schooling and residential placements. Through this experience I have learned the importance of working holistically with children and young people and whenever possible, involving other significant people in their lives in their treatment and recovery. In an attempt to promote this I will see the majority of my clients in an environment they are familiar with - either at the family home or at school - whichever is deemed most appropriate. The aim is to integrate their therapy into their everyday lives so that it can be reinforced and enhanced regularly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a First Class Bachelors degree from University College Dublin in Psychology, a Masters in Forensic Psychology from the University of Surrey and a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People from University College London.
I am fully accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (the Lead Organisation for CBT in the UK).
My professional career has involved working with both adolescents and adults in the community and in secure settings. I specialise in working with young people with a histories of significant trauma, attachment difficulties and behavioural difficulties (including sexually harmful behaviour). I have experience in delivering both individual and group work and is qualified in a wide array of risk assessment tools for both adults and young people.
I also receive regular clinical supervision from a fully accredited BABCP CBT therapist.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sexually harmful behaviour
My standard rate is £60 per 50 minute session with the first introductory session free.
Every new referral will start with a 4 week assessment, in which the needs of the client are identified and targets for intervention agreed. No two clients are the same, therefore no two interventions are ever the same. CBT can range in length from a short term intervention (6 weeks) to a longer-term intervention (6 months) depending on the difficulty being targeted and the needs and circumstances of the client. There will then be regular reviews so that progress can be measured and targets redefined if necessary to ensure that the changing needs of the client are met and addressed effectively.