I’m Chris Smith – a qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre (BACP accredited; validated by Middlesex University)

My practitioner journey

It was through martial arts training and my studies in physiology, neuroscience and psychology at university, that I first became fascinated by the relationship between mind and body, physical performance and how neural pathways can be re-configured through mindfulness practice. I have since continued my  personal and professional development in areas such as Buddhist philosophy, coaching, diet and nutrition.

I worked for counselling services in Oxford and the Cotswolds before starting in private practice.

Experience and interests

My work has centred on supporting adults of all ages with issues including, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger management, co-dependency, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, confidence issues and work-related stress.

I have a developing interest in working with narcissism, attachment and relationships.

In parallel to my private practice, I provide mentoring for undergraduate and postgraduate students 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.

Supervision

I engage in regular individual and group supervision in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

My Supervisors specialise in Core-Process and in integral-relational body psychotherapy.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

As a registered BACP member, I am committed to Continuing Professional Development.