Therapists

Therapists

Abby Smith

I have worked within the youth work and family sector for over 15 years, working with young people and families to provide support through many different types of forums. Some of these have included running drop in centres, facilitating school citizenship lessons, group courses and parenting courses that have provided young people and parents with the space to be able to openly discuss topics that affect them such as self-harm, self-esteem, family breakdown, peer pressure, behavioural problems, bereavement, and unemployment to name a few.

Counselling is a topic that I am very passionate about, having been on the client end of some positive and negative counselling experiences. Good counselling relationships are built on trust, honesty and a sense of realness, from both the counsellor and the client. Counselling is not about the counsellor finding answers, but is about working together, often through painful experiences, to find a way forward that works best for the client.

I am an integrative therapist, which means that I am able to offer different types of counselling, depending on what each client needs. I am passionate about working with individuals, young people, families, organisations to work through difficult life situations. Counselling is able to help clients maintain a good mental health, build up emotional resilience and improve life satisfaction.

Abby

Abby really helped our whole family to understand what the issues were and then helped us to work through them – the impacts have been very real.

I have walked away from previous counsellors and sessions feeling like I was wasting my money, Abby was different, she was calm, relaxed, courteous and non-judgmental. I feel that she understood how I was feeling and I always walked away feeling that our sessions had been productive

I feel really lucky to have found a counsellor who listens and understands

Abby really helped me to figure out and have an understanding of what I needed out of life, how to live and not just exist

I can finally see clearly and feel a lot happier

Abby gave me focus and week by week, I gained some focus and structure back in my life

Qualifications

  • First class honours degree in Counselling studies
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness and self-hypnosis
  • Degree in Criminology with Psychology
  • Government Prevent Strategy (Extreme and Radical awareness training)
  • Using CBT to work with Psychosis
  • Understanding eating disorders
  • Level 1, 2 and 3 safeguarding Adults
  • Level 1 and 2 safeguarding children
  • Keeping the neglected child in focus
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness
  • Drug Awareness
  • Sleep solutions clinic
  • Freedom Programme.
  • Dealing with stress
  • Understanding anxiety

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