About Dr Mary-Anne Smyth
A very warm welcome to my page.
I appreciate that taking the first step to seek therapy can be a daunting task but this is an important moment nonetheless. So let’s bring this down to reality; there are times in ALL of our lives when we could use some support - and having the courage to ask for this support takes strength. I know this may sound strange, as, for some, it might feel like asking for help is a sign of weakness. However, I believe that actually the opposite is much more accurate; because it can take so much more bravery to ask for help than to stay silent and hide our vulnerability from others. The payoff of silence is that we don’t risk exposing ourselves. Unfortunately though, this is short-term pay-off that becomes part of the long-term problem.
So, as I said at the start, this moment is important because this is the moment you decide that you want to do something different, either by contacting me or another therapist who feels like a good fit for you. Taking that risk is stepping outside of your well-worn routines and walking towards the change you want to experience, so congratulations on reading through this and preparing yourself to make this move forward!
A little about me: I have been trained in person-centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy, systemic therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). However, I usually work integratively, which means that I use many tools to tailor therapy to an individual’s needs and character. My aim is to co-create a warm and trusting relationship, where real therapeutic growth is possible.
Therapy can be a place of safety, understanding, empathy, encouragement and playfulness, where you are able to speak freely, to experiment with new ways of living, to play, to learn, to heal and to grow. And all of this happens in collaboration together - you and I create this unique experience the way we want it, in the ways that will be helpful for you personally and based around what YOU need.
So how does it work?
After I receive contact from you, together we can talk on the telephone or on email to arrange a day to meet in person for an initial assessment session.
The assessment session will be an opportunity for us to meet, so I can hear some more about what’s going on for you at present and you can assess how comfortable you feel with me. The session will last for fifty minutes.
It’s important to note that there is absolutely no obligation to continue therapy after this session, which is something we can discuss together.
Deciding to begin the process of therapy needs to come from you.
You’ve decided you feel comfortable with me and you’d like to engage in ongoing therapy - so what happens now?
At this stage we both agree on a day and time to meet each week for fifty minutes. Some days you may leave sessions feeling great, like a weight has been lifted and other days you might leave feeling sad and unsettled, depending on what we’ve opened up together. Whatever the case, through the hard times, as well as the good, we will weather them together.
The end of therapy is always decided by you.
You are free to end therapy at any stage, all you need to do is to let me know that you’d like to work towards ending.
I usually ask for 3 - 4 weeks notice, so that it gives us enough time to process the ending together and consolidate what we’ve learnt.
Any other questions, please feel free to contact me.
I look forward to taking the next step with you!
My training, work experience and any achievement
I am a qualified doctor of psychotherapy and counselling psychology and have experience in providing therapy to individuals, couples, young people and families on a short-term and long-term basis. I have worked within the NHS, charities, as well as in private practice and alongside my private work, I also lecture in Psychology to Undergraduates and Doctoral students.
Some of my experience includes specialist services, such as secondary care for mental health, addiction services, housing services and services dealing with health and pain related difficulties.
As a side note: over the years, I’ve noticed that people appear to be becoming more curious about themselves and as a result of this, I find myself working more and more with individuals who are seeking therapy, not necessarily for a particular issue, but simply to understand themselves better and to grow through this. Therefore, it seems important to mention that therapy can be a useful tool, not only for distress but also to explore what fulfilling one’s potential might look like.
Other concerns & issues I deal with
Concerns & issues I deal with
- Anger Management
- Compulsive Behaviour
- Couple Relationships
- Eating Disorders
- Family Problems
- Gender Identity Disorders
- Impulsive Behaviour
- Low Self Esteem
- Mens Issues
- Mental Health Problems
- Personal Growth
- Personal Relationships
- Relationship Problems
- Self Harm
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Unresolved Issues
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): £100/session
- Counselling: £100/session
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): £100/session
- Psychotherapy: £100/session
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