Emma Smith

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    • BA (Hons) in Counselling
    • Foundation Degree FdA in Counselling (Humanistic)
    • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory

    How I can help you

    Welcome to my profile......you have made the first step toward improving your general well being.

    It is my fundamental belief that you are unique – to that end it is my aim to understand as fully as is possible your world view, whether you are coming for counselling as an individual or as a couple I tailor your therapy to suit you.

    As individuals we have choice and responsibility – I am aware that this concept can seem challenging – but through my work I have been privileged to witness that with it comes the potential for change and growth.

    Through an empathic, non-judgemental, confidential therapeutic relationship new awareness and insight can be discovered – and with sensitive exploration of patterns of behaviour a greater understanding of yourself in relation to your environment can be brought into awareness and new ways of being can emerge. I will not give advice or tell you what to do – but I can be a companion on your journey of self- discovery – which at times can be challenging but ultimately rewarding.

    What to expect

    Counselling often requires you to discuss upsetting emotions and painful memories. Bringing up these thoughts can feel difficult to start with and, initially, you may feel worse. This process is necessary to move forward and in time, you should start to feel better.

    To get the most from your counselling sessions you should aim to make them consistent. Some sessions will feel more helpful than others, but it is important to realise that everything your counsellor is doing is designed to help you in the long run, even if it doesn't feel like it in the beginning.

    It is also worth remembering that counselling is not a quick fix and that your counsellor will not be able to tell you what to do. The counselling process requires a strong relationship between you and your counsellor and a degree of effort on your part - together these two elements create a successful method to help you resolve your issues

    About me

    As a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor I integrate three main approaches:

    • Person-Centred Counselling which takes the view that every individual has the internal resources they need for growth, and which aims to provide three ‘core conditions’ (unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence) to help that growth to occur.
    • Gestalt Therapy is a holistic approach focusing on facilitating deeper awareness and insight in the here-and-now. Gestalt practice is fundamentally based in what the therapist can see, hear, feel and sense about the client, rather than what the therapist thinks, interprets or understands about the client.
    • Existential Therapy through which we will explore those inescapable anxieties and conflicts that are a part of being human.
    • I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This ensures that I adhere to their ethical code of conduct, and further that I have been approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
    • Location: Guildford, United Kingdom
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    • What I help people with: (in order of expertise)
      1. Depression
      2. Bullying
      3. Bereavement
      4. Anxiety
      5. Anger
      6. Abuse & Neglect
      7. Self-Confidence
      8. Relationship Issues
      9. Addictions
      10. Trauma
    • Therapy types I offer: (in order of most commonly practised)
      1. Humanistic Therapy
      2. Person-Centred Therapy
      3. Existential Therapy
      4. Couples Counselling
      5. Gestalt Therapy
    • Languages:
      • English
    • Qualifications verified by PlusGuidance:
      • BA (Hons) in Counselling
      • Foundation Degree FdA in Counselling (Humanistic)
      • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory
      • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
      • NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Interpersonal Skills
      • Attendance of Youth Counselling Service - Placement Counsellor Training Course
      • An Introduction to Couples Counselling - Stage 3 Training
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    • My availability
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    • My session prices
      Video session
      from £45
      In-Person session
      from £50