James Smith

James Smith

Psychotherapist in London

Have you ever felt not quite yourself, but didn't know why?
Are you able to stand outside yourself and see what might be wrong?

Psychotherapy can act as a mirror and allow you to look at what is bothering you.

Sometimes we know what is causing our distress. It could be bereavement, career concerns, relationship issues or physical illness. The process of talking to a therapist about these problems allows you to shed some light on them in a confidential, safe way, with someone who is in no other way connected to your life.

The journey from not feeling yourself to discovering yourself is different for every single one of us. I believe psychotherapy has two main functions: It can provide the support needed to move through crisis; It allows you time and space to get to know yourself, allowing you to develop a greater sense of well being.

I offer long and short-term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals with a wide range of difficulties including;

Relationship issues
Self-esteem issues
Sex and sexuality issues
Gay, lesbian and bisexual issues
Eating disorders

And don't forget, sometimes we don't know the exact nature of what's wrong, but we know it doesn't have to be that way.

Background & Qualifications

About James L Smith

I trained in Transpersonal Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education. I subscribe to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Code of Ethics.

As a therapist I work in many different ways. While it's true the majority of counselling and psychotherapy is talking, I also work with drawings, guided meditations and dreams. Whatever the method, my role is that of an interested companion on your journey - I'm there to point out things that you may not have noticed.

Qualifications & Experience

UKCP registered Psychotherapist

Certificate in Fundamentals of Counselling & Psychotherapy

Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy at CCPE. A 4 year post-grad Diploma in Integrative and Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling, fully accredited by UKCP and BACP. These are the governing bodies that regulate training and practices throughout the UK.

My Specialisms

I have been working with clients since 2006. Some of the issues I have worked with include;

Relationship issues
Panic Attacks
Spiritual crisis
Career crisis
Dreams and nightmares
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
Grief, loss and illness
General dissatisfaction with life, feeling stuck
Self-esteem issues
Work issues
Sex and sexuality issues
Gay, lesbian and bisexual issues
Life choices and indecision
Eating disorders
Stuck creativity
Difficulties arising from family life

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a session last?
50 minutes.

How much does a session cost?
Individuals: £60

Where do the sessions take place?
I have a consulting room in the Waterloo / Southwark area (SE1). And also Euston area. Please contact me for availability.

When are you available?
My availability changes frequently, so please contact me for an up-to-date answer. Depending on availability, sessions can be arranged anytime of day between 6:00pm and 10:00pm

How many sessions will I need?
This varies immensely from person to person. For some specific issues or goals, 8-12 weeks may be suitable. As a tool for personal development, therapy can be open ended. In our first session, we can discuss what is right for you.

What happens in the first session?
We will talk about why you have decided to come to therapy, what you wish to achieve and any goals you may have in mind. I will also ask some questions about your current situation and background. This session will be a chance for us both to decide if we want to continue and discuss how we will work going forward.

Do I need to prepare anything for the first session?
No. Just bring yourself.

What happens if I miss a session?
Regular weekly sessions are important to the work in therapy, so deciding to come is a commitment. Missed sessions are charged at the normal rate unless you have given me one week's notice that you will not be attending.

Do I have to pay if you miss a session?
No. I will give you at least one month's notice of any sessions that I will not be able to keep.

Do you subscribe to a professional Code of Ethics?
Yes. I am a registered member of UKCP and I work within the Code of Practice set down by them.

What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is a core concept of psychotherapy, and one I take very seriously.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Psychotherapy In Person £60 per 50 minutes We have verified this therapists Psychotherapy credentials!
Counselling In Person £60 per 50 minutes