About Me

Person-centred therapy is a culmination of my experience. My work experience includes a multinational company, retail, construction, criminal defence and self-employment. I have had dealings with the Civil Courts regarding divorce, child custody, Social Services and Court Welfare Officers.

My Mission

I believe that all people will strive to be the best they can be, given the right conditions.

Person-centred therapy is also known as person-centred or client-centred counselling. It is an approach that works with how people see themselves rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.

3 core principles underpin the way I work:

  • Unconditional positive regard – accepting the client where and how they are.
  • Congruence – the ability of the therapist to relate to the client by dropping the professional facade and being human.
  • Empathy – the ability to recognize and respond to emotions expressed by the client.
Billy Smith of Billy Smith Therapy
Billy Smith of Billy Smith Therapy

Is Person Centred Therapy Effective?

A five‐year evaluation of the effectiveness of person‐centred counselling in routine clinical practice in primary care.

The results indicate that person-centred counselling is effective for clients with common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Effectiveness is not limited to individuals with mild to moderate symptoms of recent onset, but extends to people with moderate to severe symptoms of longer duration.

Isabel Gibbard Terry Hanley First published: 17 November 2008 https://doi.org/10.1080/14733140802305440

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