Shane Smith, MBACP ~ Young People/Adults/Couples Counselling
Hello and welcome to my Counselling Directory profile. My name is Shane Smith; I'm an experienced 'systemically' trained counsellor who currently works 'collaboratively' with young people (aged 11+) and adults of all ages.
I'm able to provide 'confidential' counselling for both individuals and couples. I offer, and aim to create, a 'safe' space into which we can explore the difficulties that have encouraged you to seek counselling.
Creating this 'island of safety' is particularly important in couples counselling in order for both to openly express their own subjective experience of the relationship; counselling is a good place to listen and be listened to.
Whilst I am systemically (relationally) trained, my counselling approach is best described as 'integrative' - drawing from a wide range of theoretical ideas and calming experiential practices that predominantly focus on how we 'relate' to ourselves, others, and the world that surrounds us.
I'm passionate about engaging in generative (meaning making) conversation that aims to improve individual and collective mental health and well-being; helping to create better social relationships.
My aim is to work 'with' you to find out what works best for you; a process that helps discover, and build upon, personal and relational resources that enhance well-being, mental health, and vitality.
My counselling practice is underpinned by BACP ethics and follows good practice in action guidelines; ensuring robust and transparent professionalism at all times.
My counselling practice is also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in-line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
What is systemic practice?
One broad and simple definition of systemic practice is:
‘ways of working that aims to bring out, share, and respect the views and stories of all involved, so to integrate a constructive way forward’.
This view is fitting with the notion that we are all ‘individuals’ that are always in ‘relationship’ with others in some way.
- If I am with clients and unable to answer your telephone enquiry please feel free to send me a text message or an email that details a preferred way of me contacting you back.
- I won't 'call' back unless I have your permission to do so.
- I regard all enquiries as important and I will do my very best to get back to you in good time.
- Before you attend your first session I will send you pre-counselling information and a referral form.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Counselling young people in both school and community based contexts; this work extends to group work with young people and also family consultations.
- Counselling with couples (private practice).
- Counselling adults within NHS primary care and private practice (brief therapy and longer-term therapy).
- Counselling adults within 3rd sector mental health charities (MATV Mind, Cancer-Care).
- Counselling adults within Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).
- Bereavement support with Cruse Bereavement Care.
- Student mentor at university of South Wales.
I have over 10 years working experience as a personal assistant within health and social care; a 'person-centred' role that assists people to live the kinds of lives they wish to lead within their own homes and local communities; promoting independent living, choice, and autonomy.
- Level 7 - Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice in Psychotherapy (Family Institute - USW).
- Level 5/6 - BSc (Hons) in Systemic Counselling (Family Institute – USW).
- Level 4 - Introduction to Counselling (Open University).
- Level 2 - Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course (Cruse).
Continuing personal & professional development:
- Mindfulness for Well-being – 8 week course.
- Workshop: Working with Transgender Clients.
- Workshop: Mindfulness for Self-Care.
- Child Exploitation Play (Spectacle Theatre).
- Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilience in the Face of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).
- Safeguarding Children Level 3: From Recognition to Response (Cwm Taf).
- Bereavement by Suicide: Supporting Children, Young People & Families (Child Bereavement UK).
- Support for Children and Young People when a Family Member is Imprisoned (Barnardo's).
- Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (RCT).
- Workshop: Research in and as Daily Practice (USW).
- Workshop: Bringing the new BACP Ethical Framework to Life (USW).
- Working with Children and Young People experiencing Loss and Grief (Cruse Bereavement Care).
- ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (MATV Mind).
- POVA Level 2 (GAVO).
- Working with Young People who Self-Harm (BACP).
- Substance Abuse/Drugs and Alcohol (MATV Mind/TEDS).
- Introduction to Solution Focused Therapy (Coventry & Warwickshire NHS).
- Working with Suicidal and Self-Harming Teens (Almond Tree Counselling Services).
- Workshop: Sudden and Traumatic Death (Cruse Bereavement Care).
- Suicide: An Open Forum (Cruse Bereavement Care).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an ongoing interest in the works of Carl Gustav Jung. I find his ideas and insights useful meaning-making frameworks that help offer us a deeper sense of personal and collective knowing.
My thinking and counselling approach is influenced by Jung's philosophies; his methods of working with dreams, patterns, images, and symbols; and also his ideas around the archetypes.
Services, fees, and payment:
- Counselling sessions are ordinarily 50 minutes long. The amount of sessions and frequency of sessions can be negotiated to suit your personal need.
- Sessions can be arranged on a weekly or fortnightly basis; or even as one off monthly single sessions.
- My fee is £40 for an initial consultation/first session and then £45 per session after that; these fees apply for both individuals and couples.
- I can offer discount for counselling students needing therapy as part of training programmes (proof of these circumstances may be required).
- Payments can be made via bank transfer, cheques made payable to Shane Smith, or cash transaction.
Whilst during the course of our initial session we may come to an agreement, you are always in charge of the duration and frequency of your sessions and you are under no obligation to attend further sessions or any specified number of sessions.
Availability and practice location:
- Counselling sessions are available on Thursdays and Fridays.
- My 'private' counselling room is located within discrete professional premises that provide a reception area and toilet facilities.
- There is plenty of free car parking space to the front of the premises.
- The location is very easy to find and is situated on a main bus route (easily accessed from Pontypridd/Llantrisant etc.).
I have a full DBS check (clear to work in schools) and my counselling practice is fully insured.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am able to offer sessions on Thursdays and Fridays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|