Angie SmithsonPerson-centred/humanistic psychotherapist
As a therapist, I passionately believe in nurturing the optimum conditions for a positive therapeutic relationship to support you emotionally as you explore personal solutions in life at your own pace. I actively seek to foster equality within a non-judgemental environment and trust in the power of humanness within the therapeutic relationship, with mutuality and respect for each other’s expertise. I also value diversity and trust your emotional process as we journey courageously together in therapy, welcoming any dissonance in a restorative process of co-production and co-creators within your process. Although I actively shed any expert title within our journey, I will gently hold the skills I hold to support you in your journey.
I seek to walk alongside those struggling with self-destructive behaviour, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and eating disorders. I have found that uniting the person-centred approach alongside dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) the therapeutic relationship can evolve into a safe place for a meeting of minds. Where participants can become co-creators, find personal empowerment, become self-directed and attain new life skills seeking that can identify, accept and change negative thinking patterns by looking at four key areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Relationships. The aim is to support individuals find new ways to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in life.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is known for its impact on those living with dual diagnosis, borderline personality disorder, suicidal ideation, addiction, self-harm or other mental health problems which may threaten personal well-being, relationships safety or work. DBT enables individuals to identify and change negative thinking patterns and move towards positive behavioural changes
I offer a safe and secure environment for individuals and families seeking to find solutions, personal empowerment and to explore self-enabling behaviours in life. I work both long and short term with a variety of issues and embrace individuation, plurality and diversity within my practice
Issues often worked with
Initial Consultation - Free
£60 - £80 - Therapeutic hour.
Training and qualifications
BA ( Hons) Person-Centred Counselling, Essex University