Kate Smith, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Kate Smith

Stroud GL5
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Kate Smith, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Kate Smith

Stroud GL5
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About Me

For me, relationship is at the heart of psychotherapy – a collaborative process between therapist and client, providing opportunities for self-reflection and insight in a safe, confidential and supportive space.

I specialise in treating complex trauma; having gained valuable experience in the past from working with women suffering from perinatal trauma, as well as with refugees and asylum-seekers, many of whom have had to endure war, torture, persecution and devastating loss. I believe that experiences of deep distress and devastation can become catalysts for enormous personal development, an awakening of profound insight and authenticity. I feel privileged to support people in that transformational process.

“When I stand before you at the day’s end,
you shall see my scars and know that I had my wounds
and also my healing.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

My training as an integrative psychotherapist enables me to work across different therapeutic modalities with my clients, ranging from Psychodynamic and Gestalt-based to Somatic and Body-focussed, as well as, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). I tailor my work to each of my client’s specific needs, based on an initial assessment process. Although the majority of my work is with adults I do work with young people (16+). I am registered as an Arts Psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council, in addition to my UKCP registration. I work according to their codes of ethics and conduct, undertaking regular supervision and professional development training.

Making psychotherapy more accessible is an important motivation for me. I have worked therapeutically in the charitable, public and private sector, with people of all ages and backgrounds. Working for a maternal mental health charity, I ran psychotherapy services for teenage mums and mums with perinatal depression and anxiety. I have also been a psychotherapist in a women’s holistic health project, co-ordinated a young people’s counselling service and had my own private practice for seven years. I have worked in residential care settings, NHS inpatient forensic psychiatric units and an outpatient arts psychotherapies service.

As a member of the Complex Trauma Therapists’ Network, I keep updated with developments in trauma-informed therapy such as the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) and Systemic, Embodied and Experiential Reprocessing (the SEER Method). I find that working with body sensation and embodied mental imagery can be very effective in healing trauma.

Sometimes it can be hard to find the words to express a deep or difficult feeling. Imagination and creativity can be helpful in facilitating expression and exploration. I trained in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy; a humanistic, psychodynamic, gestalt and transpersonal approach to psychotherapy which can utilise different arts modalities in addition to verbal and body-focussed therapy, as appropriate to each individual client. My background in complementary therapies and the arts, and my own personal growth journey have given me a holistic and creative approach to transforming trauma and mental health problems into a pathway towards psychological growth and well-being.

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Specialist trauma- trainings include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) and The Comprehensive Resource Model (to advanced level). I have experience in treating complex post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Integrative Arts Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • EMDR
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Parents
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Terminal Illness
  • Training
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Stroud Office

5 Spider Lane
Stroud GL5 1EP

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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Kate Smith

Kate Smith

Stroud GL5

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