I am David Smyth.
After a career spanning the National Health Service, King's
College, Cambridge, and the Historic Royal Palaces Agency, I decided,
age of 40 something, to change direction. This was facilitated by my
experience of being made redundant. In the deeper recesses of my mind I
harboured a feeling that I wanted to become a psychotherapist. My
in this direction had surfaced periodically in my earlier jobs but,
without a job for the first time in my life, I recognised that I now
opportunity to do something tangible about it.
1999, I qualified with
the Diploma in Counselling from the University of East Anglia with a
firmly established in the Person-Centred Therapy tradition. Soon after
completing my initial training, I set up my own practice and this has
to grow from year to year.
am an Accredited Member of
the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and registered
the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors. It is an essential
component of my
Accreditation that I complete a programme of continuing professional
development each year. I am also required to have firmly in place,
for the supervision of my clinical practice.
Upon gaining my
initial qualification as a Person-Centred Therapist, I decided to
allocate part of my work to providing
therapy for children and young people. I undertook further
training in child psychotherapy and play therapy
to complete the Diploma in
Play Therapy (2007).
February 2013 saw my first book Person-Centred Therapy with Children and Young People published by Sage Publications, London. Read some reviews HERE. I am now looking at a shortlist of ideas for a further book I plan to start in early 2014.