My name is Yvonne Bailey-Smith. I am a Psychotherapist and writer. I have a Dips/BA in social work and a MSc in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy. I have worked in the field of Psychotherapy since 1997. Currently, I offer private psychotherapy sessions, and I also work as a Senior Family & Systemic Psychotherapist within an NHS Mother and Baby Unit.
I am UKCP registered therapist and a member of BAATN (Black, Asian & Caribbean Network)
Currently all therapy is offered online. However, as things change, it may also be possible to see clients face-to-face. I can be contacted by email in the first instance. I am able to work with families, couples and Individuals on all aspects of relationship issues. I have substantial experiences of working across cultures and welcome clients from varying backgrounds and experiences.
I am a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, who has been qualified for over 20 years. Prior to qualifying as a psychotherapist, I worked as a social worker in Brent and then as a senior social worker in the former voluntary children and families organisation Family Service Units within the borough of Westminster. I chose to train within the systemic field of therapy because it is an approach which seeks to be non-judgmental and which seeks to work in a collaborative manner with clients. Addressing their strengths and what keeps them going in times of adversity.
The systemic approach acknowledges that the client is often the expert in their own situation, but that the expertise and experience of an external professional can support them in exploring and unpacking ways of moving forward when they might be feeling stuck.
I took early retirement from the NHS in 2017 in order to pursue my love of writing. I also recently retired from my role as a Professional Adviser for Young Minds, the child and adolescent mental health charity where for the past 25 years, I was privileged to have the opportunity to provide telephone consultations to many hundreds of parents and carers throughout the UK around a range of issues, including mental health concerns, and/or behaviour concerns, school issues, parent/child relationships, siblings relationships, impact of parental separation etc.
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.