Dr Amy Smith
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**In light of the current Covid-19 outbreak, we would like to assure you that we are still taking on new clients using online and telephone methods. We have evening and daytime availability**
At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that psychological and emotional difficulties are often our response to the challenges we face every day. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, worry, anger or low mood, we know that there is a good reason to feel that way, and an even better one to change it. We have a team of experienced and qualified therapists who provide talking therapy/counselling and coaching to support individuals, of all ages, experiencing a range of issues including:
- Anxiety including Generalised Anxiety (GAD) Phobias, Health Anxiety (otherwise known as Hypochondria) and Social Anxiety (SAD)
- Post-natal depression
- Low self-esteem/confidence
- Relationship difficulties
- Work and Career related issues
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual Abuse
- Physical health problems, including IBS, pain, M.E./chronic fatigue
- Childhood issues
- Personality Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Gender issues
- Sexuality and Sexual Issues
- Assertiveness training
- Sleep Difficulties
- We offer short, medium and long term therapy.
- Therapy is usually face-to-face and on an individual basis.
- We can provide therapy via Skype if preferred and we also offer Couples Therapy and Family Therapy.
- We aim to offer you sessions as soon as possible with no or a very short wait time.
- We are highly flexible, offering therapy slots 7 days per week from 8am until 10pm.
- Therapy Central is based in the heart of London and is easily reachable by public transport.
- We understand that therapy can be a daunting prospect, therefore we have created comfortable rooms with a relaxing atmosphere.
- We provide a confidential service and our warm and compassionate therapists endeavour to put you at ease.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our therapists are qualified and highly skilled clinical or counselling psychologists, and psychotherapists. They all hold membership with professional bodies such as HCPC and BACP covering a wealth of experience working with different issues. They adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards.
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Fees for sessions:
Individual therapy with qualified therapist £95
Individual therapy with a trainee therapist £55
Concessions: students, low income £60
Couples Therapy £115
Our therapists are also registered with a number of insurance companies.
When we work
Monday to Saturday 8am - 10pm
I am Dr. Amy Smith, Counselling Psychologist and Director at Therapy Central.
I have experience of working with individuals with a range of difficulties of varying severity including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating difficulties, physical health difficulties, psychosis, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties and work related stress. I have worked in a range of settings and in diverse communities.
I work in an integrative way, drawing upon different therapeutic models to meet individual needs. I often employ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy in my client work.
I am passionate about helping individuals to explore and make sense of their difficulties. I collaboratively work with individuals to help them become more aware of and address patterns that unwittingly keep them stuck in order to bring about change. I aim to help individuals feel empowered and thereby help them live a more fulfilling, satisfying life whilst supporting them through any challenges they might face.
I feel that it is important that a strong therapeutic relationship is developed to allow individuals to feel safe and comfortable. I am relatable and down-to-earth which can help individuals feel at ease. I deliver a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental therapeutic approach.