Mr Peter Smith

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS18-07412

Location: Glastonbury

Key Worker Counselling

I live and work in Glastonbury, Somerset from where I provide counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and mindfulness training to individuals, couples and groups. I work with adult clients face-to-face and online.

My first career was as an artist, teacher and restorer of medieval stone sculpture in churches and cathedrals which I practised for sixteen years. During that time I became interested in how the creative process and mindfulness both generate a therapeutic state of 'flow' and I started an experimental art therapy group for psychiatric patients at Bristol General Hospital in 1984 to explore this further.

After practising Buddhist meditation for many years I trained in person-centred counselling and in 2016 I was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Interventions from Bangor University. I completed another PG Certificate in Supervision at the Centre for Supervision Training and Development, Bath in 2018.

On the one hand I work from a person-centred perspective that focuses on an individual client's specific issues, and on the other hand I use mindfulness to develop awareness of the universal mental processes, including sense perceptions, thoughts, feelings and impulses, which underlie our common human experience. These two approaches, the first focusing on an individual's specific experiences and the second on the common psychological processes complement each other well in resolving a wide range of difficult personal issues.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    Awareness in Bereavement Counselling (Cruse Training)
    Motivational Enhancement Therapy
    Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Bangor University)
    Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision (CSTD, Bath)
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
    • Relationships
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Spirituality
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Driving tests
    • Emotional issues
    • Exams
    • Job interviews
    • Panic attacks
    • Phobias: dentists
    • Phobias: flying
    • Phobias: heights
    • Phobias: spiders
    • Public speaking: stage fright
    • Relaxation
    • Self esteem
    • Stress
    • Ptsd
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