I am an experienced counsellor, living in France and working online with clients from a range of intersectional backgrounds in the UK, Europe and beyond.
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 professional training draws upon two main traditions of psychotherapy: psychodynamic and humanistic. I am particularly interested in concepts such 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 aim to integrate these modalities to tailor how I work with each client.
I was drawn to the profession after working for a long time in careers that were seemingly ‘successful‘ but always unfulfilling. It was not until I embarked upon 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 – are factors that require deeper thought within personal therapy.
Aside from my professional qualifications in therapeutic counselling, bereavement and online therapy, I have a first-class bachelors degree in Psychology and a master of social science degree in Gender Studies (specialising in intersectionality and change).
I have always worked online – even before the COVID restrictions! For this reason I see working online as a valid and essential way of delivering psychological support to people wherever they are.
William SmithMSSc, BSc (Hons), MBACP, MBPsS
Integrative BACP registered counsellor working with clients throughout Europe and beyond.