Integrative Counselling and psychotherapy
How can therapy help?
Anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and other forms of mental ill-health do not appear in a vacuum. It is my firm belief that how we are feeling is a symptom of what has happened to us in the past, and what is happening in our lives now, whether that be within the context of immediate family, wider relationships, or our work and social situations.
The aim of the therapy I provide is threefold -to work with you to understand what is at the root cause of your current symptoms, to equip you with the resilience to face the challenges in your life, and to empower you to make changes.
Counselling does require you to commit to engaging in the process – it is a collaboration
Therapy is for everyone. It is your space to talk about whatever you want, without fear of judgment. If you are reading this, you have probably reached a point where you would like some help and understanding so that you can take stock, re-set, and start to feel more in control.
Therapy helps you face and manage what has prompted you to seek help.
what to expect
Reflection and Review
Once you have made contact, we will arrange an initial session of up to 50 minutes, during which we will talk through the reasons you have come for therapy, share information, and decide whether working together would be the best fit for you.
If we decide working together will be in your best interests, we will agree the most beneficial way to work together, and then begin straightaway, working in weekly 50 minute sessions, either in person or online. Walk and talk sessions can also be discussed.
We will review our sessions as we go, including what you are finding helpful and what changes you are noticing. When you feel ready, we can work towards an ending, which if you like could include a period of fortnightly or monthly sessions.
Who is Sarah Smyth?
Psychology, and what causes us to behave in the way that we do, has always fascinated me. Having previously worked as a lawyer for twenty years, I decided to retrain as a psychotherapist, having first completed an MSc in Psychology.
Clarity of thought, and understanding yourself, are really important to being able to living your life the way you would like to, and making any changes you would like to, in order to achieve that. My motivation comes from wanting to help you do so.
areas of expertise
Knowing oneself comes from attending with compassionate curiosity to what is happening within.
Dr Gabor Mate