lucy smith

lucy smith

Training

Lucy has a postgraduate diploma in Humanistic Counselling from the University of Brighton. She has a broad range of experience, working with adults, as well as particular experience with young people (11-25). Lucy works as a specialist counsellor for survivors of sexual violence, and has completed extensive trauma training. Lucy is a trained substance misuse counsellor, and has also completed specific training in working with bereavement.

Lucy aims to provide a relationship where you can feel safe to explore the difficulties you are facing. Change will happen when you get to know yourself, as you are. Therefore, she views her role as to be alongside you while you find the choices that will take you forward.

Counselling for survivors of sexual violence

Lucy works as a specialist counsellor for survivors of sexual violence. She provides a gentle approach for exploring the effects of a sexual trauma, and offers a safe space for clients to process what happened to them. As a trauma specialist, Lucy understands that survivors of rape and sexual abuse are often suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, and she uses techniques such as guided relaxation and mindfulness to help clients cope with these symptoms. Sexual violence is extremely disempowering, so Lucy’s approach aims to empower the survivor to make choices and help them feel more in control of their life. 

Working with young people

Lucy has specialist skills in working with young people, and has worked as a counsellor in a secondary school. Every young person is different, so Lucy adapts to the individual needs of each young person, and makes sure that the counselling is a shared process.

Lucy uses alternative ways of helping the young person to express their feelings, such as drawing and painting, creative writing, activities, quizzes and playing games. These can all help a young person to understand her or himself a bit better.

Lucy aims to create a space where the young person feels relaxed and safe enough to begin to explore their emotions.

Drug and alcohol counselling

Working specifically with substance (drug and alcohol) misuse issues involves an extra set of skills.  As a trained substance misuse counsellor, Lucy has a broad knowledge of the effects of drug and alcohol dependence, as well as training in the skills needed to work directly with substance misuse. She works with the clients needs, helping to facilitate a changing relationship with the substance.

Her work is informed by the cycle of change, and she uses techniques such as solution focused and goal orientated therapy in order to explore the person's relationship with the substance, and to help explore how the client wishes to change, as well as what might be getting in their way.

Approach

Lucy aims to provide a relationship where you can feel safe to explore the difficulties you are facing. Change will happen when you get to know yourself, as you are. Therefore, she views her role as to be alongside you while you find the choices that will take you forward.

A flexible approach to therapy

Lucy uses a flexible approach to adapt to the needs of each individual and to understand each person in the context of their daily lives.

Her theoretical perspective comes from the humanistic framework, drawing on ideas from Gestalt, TA and Person-Centred therapy. She uses a range of creative therapeutic techniques, which can help to explore your feelings using visualisation and metaphor.

The span of therapy is flexible too, as Lucy offers both short-term work (6-12 weeks) and longer-term, open-ended therapy.

Other information

Lucy is a member of BACP.

Lucy's articles in expertise and resources

Available for appointments

Monday evening at Seven Dials