Kellie Smitheman

Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans

Contact information

Contact Kellie


Contact Kellie for session rate.


  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

Background and Postgraduate Training:

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Using the Arts (UEL) Level 7.

Professional Certificate in Counselling Using the Arts (IATE) Level 7. 

Postgraduate Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts (IATE).

Child Therapeutic Studies (IATE) & Infant Observation (2 Years).

Family Links 1:1 Support & Parent Group Facilitator (Early Years & Teens).

ARTiculate Trained (BAAT) Level 3 Advanced - Emotional Support of Children in Schools, using Art.

Listening Skills (Acorn, Level 2).

SEN Parent Support (ASD/ ADHD) NAS training & other.

Arts4Dementia Facilitator (Arts4Dementia)

Story Medicine: The Art of Storytelling (CPD).

P.Q Trained (Positive Intelligence & Mental Fitness Coaching).

Risk management trained/child protection and safeguarding trained (BACP/UKCP Accred). Trauma Informed. Diversity & Inclusion Informed. 

Over 20 years experience working with non-neurotypical children and adults, including those with emotional/behavioural difficulties and adults living with Dementia. Parent of a child (now an adult), with SEN/Additional needs. 

Ongoing CPD & Training in Therapeutic Interventions & Emotional Education, using Arts and the Natural Environment in Therapy (various training providers). 

Undergraduate training:

BA Fine Arts (Stellenbosch University, S.Africa). 

PGD Communication Design (Kingston University)

Practice description

I offer tailored therapeutic sessions for adults (1:1 and groups), using a variety of Integrative approaches, with a focus on the use of the Arts in Therapy. 

My focus is on providing a safe and non-judgemental environment, in which you can creatively explore your reasons for coming to counselling and find new insights and understanding. 

Integrative approaches are client-led and include: talking therapy; listening; visual arts (including mark making, clay, collage); sand tray; water tray; postcards/visual image; musical instruments & voice; puppets and nature in the outdoors. 

Client profile: I work with adults of all ages and family groups. I have training & experience of working with both neurotypical and non-neurotypical clients (including ASD, ADHD & ADD) and those living with Dementia. 

Duration of therapy: Sessions are usually 50 mins. I am able to offer both short and long term work.

My first session

My first session with you will be an opportunity for us to meet and after a small amount of form filling for safeguarding purposes, I offer you an opportunity to find out more about the way I work. I will encourage you to ask any questions you may have. We can then discuss if you would like to integrate the use of the arts in your therapy sessions. 

When you feel ready to do so, we will discuss your reasons for coming to counselling.

We will mutually agree whether we can work together and I will  offer signposting and referral to other services or support workers, should the need arise.

Initial consultations may be online via Zoom (50 minutes). 

What I can help with

ADD / ADHD, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Health related issues, Life coaching, Loss, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Integrative, Play therapy, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Families, Groups, Older adults, Organisations

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited