We have far greater power than we realise; in terms of changing our lives, regardless of our past; healing ourselves and creating our future. I’m inspired to help people improve their quality of life. I firmly believe that with sufficient guidance we all have the potential to live deeply fulfilling and meaningful lives.
I’m Chris Smith – I’m a qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre, London, and a BACP registered Coaching member.
My practitioner journey
It was through my training in Wutan Kung Fu in the 1990’s that I began to connect the concepts of mind and body; learning about buddhist philosophy and mindfulness meditation. By the time I graduated in 1999 with a BSc Honours in Exercise and Health Science from Oxford Brookes University I had developed a firm interest in psychology and physical performance. I became fascinated by the relationship between the mind and body, and how they are fundamentally linked.
After some years working as an administrator in HE, I decided that my passion was for therapeutic work and I decided to retrain as a therapist. I undertook a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre, London.
I worked for various services around Oxford and the Cotswolds until 2016 when I moved to Bristol and opened my private practice.
I continue to be interested in the Martial Arts and keep up a little Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Gong with Bristol East Taijiquan.
Experience and interests
My work has centred on supporting those wanting to overcome work-related stress and anxiety. The root of anxiety and stress can come from many places. I have experience of working with codependency, and in particular have a developing interest in issues around attachment and feelings of low self-worth. I’m also experienced working with adults of all ages with issues including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger management, attachment and relationship issues, loss and bereavement, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, eating disorders, low self-esteem, confidence issues and domestic abuse.
In parallel to my private practice, I work mentoring university students (undergraduate and postgraduate level) at the University of Bristol, focussing on mitigating study and research related stress and anxiety. This includes supporting students with learning difficulties, for example Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.
I engage in regular individual and group supervision in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
As a registered BACP member, I am committed to Continuing Professional Development.