About William Smith (he/him)

I am an experienced counsellor, currently based in France, working online with clients from diverse backgrounds in the UK, Europe and beyond.

My professional training draws upon two main traditions of psychotherapy: psychodynamic and humanistic. I am particularly interested in concepts such as early life attachment and conditions of worth as a way of understanding present moment problems. My academic experience includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, existential, and feminist/gender approaches to therapy.

I was drawn to this profession after working for a long time in seemingly “successful” unfulfilling careers. It wasn’t until I embarked on my own long-term personal therapy and personal development journey that I realised how self-awareness, self-kindness, and self-respect could reshape my relationship with myself and the world around me.

Since qualifying as a therapist in London, I have taken a particular interest in how intersectional identity aspects – such as gender, sexuality, race, and class – are factors that require deeper thought within personal therapy. Aside from my professional qualifications in therapeutic counselling, bereavement, and online therapy, I hold a first-class bachelor’s degree in Psychology (BSc) and a Master of Social Science degree (MSc) in Gender Studies (specializing in intersectionality and change).

As a BACP Registered Member, I adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. This means that I ensure our work together is ethical, follows good practice and focuses on your needs above all else.

My online work began before COVID-19 restrictions made online therapy more commonplace and accepted. I view working online as a valid and essential means of providing support to people, regardless of their location.

I believe that therapy is a space where you can feel heard, accepted, and understood. It is a collaborative process of exploration and learning where we can work towards a deeper understanding of yourself and your experiences. Together, we can find ways to help you grow and move forward, creating positive change in your life that feels authentic and meaningful to you.

You are welcome to contact me to arrange an initial consultation or to ask any questions you may have.