Suzanne Smith, Dip.couns. (Reg) MBACP
- Hello and welcome to my profile page.
Are you looking for counselling because you are feeling stuck, struggling with relationships depression, bereavement or anxiety and feeling alone, needing help to work on a way forward? These are a few of the most common issues that I experience in my practice and offer my support to work together.
I am a professionally trained Integrative therapeutic counsellor, offering a safe, non-judgmental space to build a trusting relationship with you as my client. Here together we would aim to explore your thoughts and feelings by then guiding you to gain awareness and understanding of current patterns of behaviours and areas of your life that you are finding difficult or making you feel unhappy.
Integrative means that I have trained in various models of counselling, including Psychodynamic, Person centred and solution focused models. By recognising that we are all unique I implement my skills according to my client, therefore helping you to discover new techniques to implement into your life enabling you to reach your full potential and true self.
I recognise that it isn’t an easy step looking for a counsellor. So if you would like to drop me a line or call for an initial introduction at no cost, we can then discuss what your requirements are and what I can offer, with no obligation.
I recommend weekly sessions at the same time and day where possible, I can also offer some fortnightly sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Integrative therapeutic counselling.
I have worked as a volunteer counsellor in adult mental health at The Sunshine cafe and currently alongside my private practice I work under an agency with clients that are survivors of Domestic violence. Here I have experienced a multitude of topics which have covered a wide range of life experiences and trauma.
Previously I have been in a coach role supporting people to return to work who have experienced mental health issues which have held them back. Seeing the difference of how being part of a team and learning new skills and relationships at their own pace has been very rewarding which was a contributory factor into my interest in counselling and therapy.
I am a registered member of The British association of counsellors and psychotherapists.(BACP) Which is a professional body where I am bound to adhere to their ethical framework of safe practice and continuous professional development. I am also fully insured.
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
My fees are £50 per fifty minute session.
This is on a sliding scale depending on affordability where I am able to offer consessions to a limited number of clients.
I can also offer a reduced fee of £25 per session for students during their training.