SP1 1QZ, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Ad. Prof Dip.PC, PWP
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Face to face counselling
Telephone counselling
Young People
Older Adults

Kate Oliver-Smith

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I have had an extensive career with people in a Human Resources capacity which has included working with individuals and groups to resolve personal and work place problems through mediation and counselling techniques.

During my early career I realised that I really enjoyed helping people to overcome their individual problems. I later wanted to put these ‘counselling skills’ I had acquired over the years into a new career and felt that my experience only complimented my counselling, hypnotherapy and mediation work. This experience helps me develop my treatment for many issues and I have an awareness and non-judgemental consideration of the diversity of people, their attitudes, thoughts and feelings. The techniques I previously used needed to be tailored to the suit the employees and employers. This is no different to the need to tailor treatment in any therapeutic relationship in order to help clients find the solutions to their problems enabling them to take the steps they need for a more fulfilling life.

I believe we are all capable of achieving our realistic goals in life if we really want to and psychotherapeutic counselling can help individuals to achieve this.



The approaches that I use in counselling are tailored to the needs of the individual and their circumstances. Through listening and understanding my clients I will select the most appropriate approaches and theoretical models that I believe will provide the most effective treatment.

Some of the types of approaches I may use in my therapeutic treatment include the following:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT looks at resolving client problems by changing negative thought patterns. It provides a basis for helping clients identify the negative thoughts and behaviours and replace them with new alternatives, ultimately changing how they think about things and how what they do affects their thoughts and feelings. CBT is a widely used theory which is used to treat a wide range of problems including clients with mild to chronic conditions which affect them physically and mentally.

Including the CBT approach in therapy will involve clients’ participation in the form of completing homework tasks, keeping journals of your experience for reference and discussion and putting what they learn into practice.


This approach helps clients to understand the impact that our past experiences can have on our present lives. Therapy using this approach will explore the clients past from their childhood to the present day, including the influence of our subconscious minds to understand how this may have an impact on any difficulties in the present. Clients may through this approach be able to understand how and why they experience difficulties in the present through having insight and deeper understanding about themselves.

Person Centered Therapy (PCT)

PCT is an approach that I believe should underpin all therapeutic relationships. It based on the belief that within each of us we hold the potential to live our lives to our maximum capacity. It encourages the individual to work out what areas they need to focus on and then to work out the best course of action to follow to resolve their issues. I use the PCT approach combined with other approaches to ensure that the therapy is as effective as it can be.

Date Qualified
Training, Qualifications and Experience

Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in Low Intensity CBT.

I have worked with the NHS IAPT team in Wiltshire for 7 years and have been counselling privately since 2010.

Couples counselling
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Gestalt therapy
Person-centred therapy
Psychodynamic therapy
Solution focused brief therapy
Transactional analysis
Affairs and betrayals
Anger management
Antisocial personality disorder
Asperger's syndrome
Attachment disorder
Borderline personality disorder
Behaviour problems
Bipolar disorder
Career counselling
Carer support
Child related issues
Childhood bereavement
Childhood bullying
Children’s learning difficulties
Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
Dependent personality disorder
Depression and anxiety in children
Domestic violence
Emotional abuse
Family issues
Feeling sad
Gender dysphoria
Generalised anxiety disorder
Health anxiety
Learning difficulties
Low self-confidence
Low self-esteem
Narcissistic personality disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
Panic disorder
Passive aggressive behaviour
Personality disorders
Physical abuse
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Postnatal depression
Pregnancy and birth
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce
Separation anxiety
Sex problems
Sexual abuse
Suicidal thoughts
Relationship problems
Work-related stress
Young carers

Mondays 9 am- 2.30pm and 6pm – 9.30pm
Tuesdays 5pm – 9.30pm
Thursdays 9am – 2.30pm
Fridays 5.30pm – 8pm
Saturdays 9 – 12pm and occasionally late afternoon

£45 for individual
£55 for couples/groups

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