Simon Smith, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Do you feel stuck? Do the same thoughts and feelings keep showing up, stopping you from being the person you want to be? The counselling I offer attempts to help you move closer to the things that matter in your life, in-spite of any difficult feelings and thoughts.
Working with purpose and heart, we will talk about what you value in life, what keeps you stuck and how you typically react to these things. Together we will work on ways to help you approach your difficulties in new and more flexible ways. This will involve developing the skills of noticing what is happening as it happens and of opening up to your experiences, including the painful ones. We will link this work to the things that are important to you and to what you want to stand for in life. Our sessions will involve talking things through and doing exercises together to develop these flexibility skills.
Counselling can only work when it there is a respectful, non-judgmental and human space at its heart. I will do my very best to help create that space. We will collaborate and work together as a team. Although I may ask you to face difficult things, I will never pressurise you.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a relatively new and evidence based approach. There are over 400 studies showing that it can be effective with a wide range of issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a post-graduate diploma in person-centred counselling from Aberdeen University and I have also trained in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I volunteer as a qualified counsellor at a counselling agency in Glasgow in addition to running my online private practice. I am currently studying the psychology and neuroscience of mental health at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College. Following my doctorate in geology, I previously worked for over 30 years as a geologist, both at home and abroad.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I also belong the the British Psychological Society and the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial free phone session of 30 minutes for us to talk about what has brought you to counselling and the practicalities of online counselling. Please contact me via email to arrange this.
If online or audio counselling looks to be suitable, then I will offer you a free initial webcam session of one hour to explore the possibilities of counselling. If we agree to work together each subsequent counselling session of one hour is charged at £45. Relatively short-term and time-limited counselling can be effective for many people and I suggest that we initially plan to have eight sessions together. We can review this as therapy progresses.