Liz Smith

My name is Liz; I am a counsellor and psychotherapist offering integrative relational counselling and psychotherapy.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), currently working towards accreditation, and a member of the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT).

To contact me directly:

T: 07934 923122

E: liz@victoriatherapycentre.co.uk

EXPERIENCE

I have experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist in voluntary sector and private settings, mostly providing counselling and therapy for trauma and sexual abuse. 

In my private practice, I work extensively with neurodiversity, particularly autism/Asperger’s, ADHD and adults with dyslexia returning to education. I offer a neurodiversity positive and strengths-based approach to support you to develop your own ideas about what a meaningful neurodivergent life is, as well as a safe space to explore and address difficulties and barriers. As a neurodivergent therapist, I can offer a unique insight and understanding of the experience of being neurodivergent in a neurotypical world. 

Traumatic experiences, particularly those experienced in early life, can cause both acute and long term difficulties. These may include intrusive thoughts or memories, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and confidence, difficulties sleeping/concentrating/focusing, emotional overwhelm, substance dependency, difficulties forming and sustaining relationships, and a sense of guilt or shame. I aim to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment for all and for you to be able to explore your life experiences in an accepting, warm and secure therapeutic relationship. This provides a strong foundation for growth and development to take place within the therapy. 

I also integrate other trauma-informed approaches that I have been trained in, such as Janina Fisher’s Trauma Informed Stabilisation and parts work/Internal Family Systems (IFS), trauma-focused CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the Rewind technique. We work together to decide on the best approach for you. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling, University of Leeds
  • PgDip Psychotherapy and Counselling, University of Leeds
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

CERTIFICATES AND FURTHER TRAINING

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (APT) Levels 1 and 2 
  • Trauma Informed Stabilisation Treatment
  • Trauma-Focused CBT for single event PTSD (BPS accredited)
  • Internal Family Systems foundation level (Dr Jay Earley)
  • Autism – Neurobiology, Anxiety and Recovery 
  • ADHD – Neurobiology, Anxiety and Recovery 

RATES

Sessions are charged at £50

For more information please contact me directly on 07934 923122 or email liz@victoriatherapycentre.co.uk