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About Me

A short section about me. I have a Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies and a Diploma in Person-Centred  Counselling and Therapy from Plymouth University. I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and verified by Psychology today.

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 and the Court Welfare Service. Furthermore, I have experience with Social Services.

Billy Smith of Billy Smith Therapy

My Mission

I believe that all people will strive to be the best they can be, given the right conditions. Therefore, I aim to provide those conditions through Person-Centred Therapy.

What is person-centred therapy?

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 interprets their unconscious thoughts or ideas.

Three core principles underpin the therapy services I offer:

  • 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 recognise and respond to emotions expressed by the client.

Is Person-Centred Therapy Effective?

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

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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