Smaranda Jim (MBACP) Individual and Couple Counsellor
Most of us will feel the need for extra support during certain periods of our lives, and certainly, the current pandemic can trigger a lot of difficult feelings. Anxiety is at an all time high, relationship problems are exacerbated and loneliness is more acute. Are you concerned about what might happen in the days and weeks to come? Would you like to try to talk about it privately?
I am available for face to face as well as telephone and video calls. Message me to arrange an initial appointment, I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I was a teenager when I knew that what I wanted to do is help other people cope better and feel less lonely. Needless to say my adolescence is way back into the past, however the rest has not changed. I have spent most of my life learning how to offer better help and I have had the privilege to support many people in their quest to lead a happier life.
As an integrative practitioner qualified in 2007, the focus of my work is on building a relationship and creating an individual therapy plan tailored to your needs. . Visual aids and creative expression often enhance the therapeutic process, so in the session there will be opportunities to draw, make stone sculptures, use mood cards etc. We can also talk about dreams, use metaphors and create genograms, to name just a few possibilities. Whether you suffer from panic attacks, difficulty with relationships or were the victim of abuse, the answer is always a combination of kindness and professional skills, and that is what I offer.
I have extensive experience working with both children and adults, as well as couples, affected by a wide variety of difficulties. Here are some of the issues I've encountered most frequently:
- relationship difficulties (romantic, family, friendships)
- loneliness and isolation
- family breakdown
- sexuality and sexual difficulties
- bereavement and loss
- domestic violence
- work related stress
Qualifications: Diploma in Integrative Counselling from Canterbury College
Relate trained couple counsellor
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and generally take place once a week.
Face to face sessions are £45 for individual sessions, and £55 for couples.
Telephone and video call sessions are £40 for 50 minutes for individuals and £50 for couples.
Send me a message with your query and/or to arrange an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.
The face to face sessions take place in comfortable, safe rooms in a designated building. Once you get to first floor of the St. Barnabas House, you will be welcomed by one of the staff and I would be informed of your arrival. All counselling sessions are scheduled in advance.
Parking is available within a 5 minute walk. The train station is less that 10 minutes walk away.