Tracy Smithers

Tracy Smithers

Carlisle
Cumbria
CA4

07929 615 157 / 07929 615157

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About me

Hello my name is Tracy, I understand that looking for a counsellor can sometimes be daunting. Maybe this is the first time you have considered talking to someone. This can be an important first step in getting support, and gaining some clarity on the issues that matter to you.

So what can I offer you? Counselling is very much a two way process. As a counsellor whilst I can't tell you what to do, or give you the answers,  I can support you, through your own personal journey, and some of the challenges you might be facing. I often find it helps to look at the reasons behind our thought's, feelings, and behaviours. Once we know why, or how something happens then we can look at finding a solution. Or look at finding strategies to help you overcome a difficulty. Maybe you are feeling anxious? Together we can look at what causes the anxiety, and how you might overcome those feelings? Maybe you are struggling with relationships either with a family member, friend, work colleague? I can support you in exploring your relationships with others, and how your relationships can be improved. Maybe you are a concerned parent who has a child needing support? I have many years experience of supporting children, and families and can work alongside you, to help support them through any emotional challenges they face.

One of the areas I have most experience with is working with children, and young people. I have counselled within educational environments from primary to university settings. In addition to my private practice, I currently counsel within a secondary school. For 5 years I was a counsellor within a YMCA youth counselling service. I have also worked within a community counselling service working with adults on a short and long term basis. Throughout my roles I have gained experience of working with clients who are from various walks of life. Some of the situations I have worked with are self esteem, bullying, work issues, relationship issues, bereavement, self harm and anxiety.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (2002), and I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors, and Psychotherapists). I have a range of counselling experience both with long term, and short term clients.

Alongside my counselling background, I have a degree in Youth and Community Studies, and a Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB). I have spent a lot of my professional life working with children, and young people in many different sectors.

I understand that you will have your own personal reasons that you might be considering  counselling. No two people are the same. I work flexibly to meet the needs of individuals. If having read my profile you would like to talk to me further about how best I can support, please feel free to contact me. Alternatively you can find more details, about how I work and what I offer on my website.

My practice is located in the Eden Valley in North Cumbria within easy reach of Carlisle, Penrith, Brampton, and Southern Scotland. I am a humanistic/person centred trained counsellor. However I see each client as being unique, and therefore use a range of different approaches appropriate to the needs of the individual client.

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.

Training, qualifications & experience

2012 Surrey Nurturing Links...Parenting Puzzle Group Leader training

2007-2010 BA Hons Youth and Community Studies
2005-2006 NVQ Level 2 in Youth Work
2002-2003 City and Guilds Certificate in Adult Teaching Stage 1
1999-2002 Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
1998-1999 Certificate in Counselling Theory
1998-1999 Certificate in Counselling Skills
1992-1994 NNEB (Diploma in Nursery Nursing)

Counselling Experience:

2000-2002. Trainee counsellor. University of Portsmouth Counselling Service

2001-2004. Trainee/Volunteer counsellor. Crossways Counselling Service. Haslemere, Surrey

2004-2007. Volunteer counsellor. Open House Youth Counselling Service. Guildford YMCA.

2008-2009. Employed counsellor support worker in primary schools. Monmouthshire Youth Service.

2019-current. Employed secondary school counsellor. Cumbria

Other Experience:

I have an interest in peoples relationship with food, and how it impacts their emotional wellbeing. I have run some successful sugar free workshops.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

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Fees

£40 ( I do offer a limited amount of concessionary places for those experiencing financial hardship.) I accept cash or cheques. Although for the first session I require cash. I don't currently have facilities for card payment.

Further information

In addition to my counselling experience, I have over 20 years of experience of working with children, and young people from 0-25. I have a BA Hons in Youth and Community Studies, and a Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB), and have worked in various areas including as a nursery nurse, nanny, home school link worker, youth worker, and mentor.

I have also taught interpersonal, and counselling skills at a further education college.

Maps & Directions

Carlisle, CA4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

Monday-Friday daytime. Limited evening appointments.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults