Carol Smithers

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Therapist - AINSTABLE

Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

As a Registered and Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the BACP I am  committed to using my experience, skills and insight to provide counselling, psychotherapy using a range of resources such as drama therapy, sand play work, dreams, story telling, mindfulness and creative play therapy, in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment in the surrounding areas of the Eden Valley.

I enjoy working with people of all ages.  If the conditions are appropriate for the client and myself and in house counselling psychotherapy work is required then I will consider travelling for house visits to residential services, such as schools, residential homes, and in a house where it is more appropriate to work with a person, such as elderly who may be unable to travel and a child or young person who is unable to commit to regular visits outside of their home environment. 

I believe that everybody has a potential to grow and that sometimes as a child we develop patterns of thinking, behaving and emotions because we have had to adapt to life events.  Gradually as a person grows, matures and becomes an adult, life may appear a struggle and they may experience symptoms because of the way they needed to adapt to life as a child and as an adult they find that these coping strategies do not enable them to cope with life as an adult.

Practice description

I do have facilities to work from home and if I am working with children/young people or those who may be vulnerable and need to be supported then I have an additional room and toilet facilities where the `appropriate adult,` can wait with refreshments in sight of the room where I work.

However, all appointments will require either a parent or appropriate adult to be in a room in the house. This a safeguarding provision for the child, family and myself. I am currently being processed for an independent DBS (Disclosing and Barring Service) check and certificate. This document demonstrates that I have been police checked.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Eclectic, Emotion focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Person centred, Play therapy, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Couples, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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