Shane Smith

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Counsellor/EMDR Therapist & Mindfulness - MBACP (Accredited)
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Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF38 1PU
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About me

Hello and welcome to my profile; here are a few words that describe my approach and ways of working; thank you for taking a look!

I'm an experienced, compassionate, client-centred, humanistic counsellor that works with a wide range of presenting difficulties and problems. These include: overthinking/worry; stress; anxiety/panic; low mood/depression; relationship/family problems; bereavement/loss; trauma; or any other difficult life event or problem.

I'm also a fully trained and qualified Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. EMDR therapy is a comprehensive psychotherapy which offers an effective method for working with post-traumatic stress and complex trauma.

EMDR therapy is a trauma focused way of working that moves beyond traditional 'talk therapy'  and seeks a deeper relationship with self-healing.

“What we have seen in a vast number of EMDR therapy clients is their progressive evolution to a state of self-acceptance in which they have a sense of safety and control in the present” - Francine Shapiro.

My approach to EMDR therapy incorporates grounding skills/practices; mindfulness and self-compassion practices; and guided meditations for a 'felt sense' of safety and calm. These skills/practices aim to support you both during our EMDR sessions together and also between sessions. 

Thank you for taking the time to read through my profile. I aim to respond to all enquiries promptly; however, please be mindful that sometimes my email response may go to your spam folder.

Training, qualifications & experience

Current Practice:

  • Brief/longer-term counselling with individual adults.
  • EMDR Therapy: Trauma/Mindfulness/Compassion Focused.

Past Experience:

  • Online bereavement counsellor and bereavement support worker.
  • Counselling with young people (11-25) within secondary schools and community-based settings.
  • Counselling with adults within NHS primary care and mental health charities.

Counselling Qualifications:

  • Level 7: Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice in Psychotherapy; Family Institute.
  • Level 5/6: BSc (Hons) in Systemic Counselling; Family Institute - (BACP Accredited Training Course).
  • Level 4: Introduction to Counselling (Open University).
  • OCST4: Online Webcam and Telephone Counselling (ACTO Approved Training Course).

Mindfulness Qualifications

  • Level 4: Integrating Mindfulness & Compassion: CPCAB Accredited Training Course (Mindfulness UK).

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

  • Parts 1/2/3/4 EMDR Therapy Accredited Training (EMDR Academy).
  • Polyvagal Theory & EMDR Therapy - Rebecca Kase.
  • Ego-States/Parts-Work Informed EMDR Therapy (EMDR-IFS).

Bereavement Training

  • Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction: A Trauma/Attachment Informed Approach (Robert Neimeyer - Portland Institution for Loss & Transition).
  • Grief and Bereavement Counselling Diploma.
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course (Cruse Bereavement Care).
  • Working with Bereavement and Complex Grief (BACP).
  • Adult Attitude to Grief [AAG] (Linda Machin).

Other Training

  • Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy [SFBT]; NHS.
  • Solution Focused Self-Help & Well-Being Techniques; Institute for SFT.
  • More than Miracles - The State of the Art of SFBT; Institute for SFT.
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Diploma.
  • Using the Cognitive Model for working with Trauma: [2-day course].
  • Workshop: Working with Transgender Clients.
  • Substance Use: MIND/TEDS.
  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; MIND.

NB: This list does not include all of the workshops and training events that I've attended over the years.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£40.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work full-time as a counsellor/therapist. Currently, in-person sessions are available on Mondays and Fridays at my office in Church Village.

Further information

  • My counselling room is located within a shared professional space.
  • There is access to toilet facilities if required.
  • There is also free car parking at the front of the premises.


My contact details are not intended as a form of emergency support. If you, or anybody else you know, are at risk of serious harm, I advise you to contact your GP or the appropriate emergency services immediately.

Alternatively, you can contact the Samaritans 24hr helpline on: 116 123 or email:

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.

2 Hollybush Villas, Church Village, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF38 1PU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In order to improve access to counselling; online video and telephone counselling can be arranged to suit your individual needs.

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Shane Smith
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