Tracy Smithers
Step By Step Counselling & Therapies
Carlisle, Penrith and the Eden Valley, North Cumbria

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Adv Dip in Humanistic Counselling (MBACP), BA Hons in Youth and Community Studies, Dip in Nursery Nursing (NNEB).

Welcome to my website,

I offer face to face counselling from my therapy room in the Eden
Valley, North Cumbria half-way between Carlisle and Penrith. I work on a
long- or short-term basis, with children and adults. If there is a reason
that face-to-face counselling is not possible then I offer online counselling
via Teams, or telephone counselling. Offering online and telephone counselling
during the pandemic worked well and highlighted that counselling can be equally
effective without meeting physically in person.

This now allows me the opportunity to offer counselling to adults and children
that do not live locally to Carlisle, Penrith or the wider Cumbria area.

Having had counselling myself, I appreciate the importance of choosing,
the right counsellor for you. I offer a caring and compassionate approach
to counselling. As a counsellor I believe that adopting a holistic approach to
counselling, rather than a one size fits all approach, can be of the
greatest benefit to clients. I work flexibly to suit the needs of
individual clients, and am happy to discuss client`s needs within
an initial counselling appointment.I offer a gentle counselling approach
using empathy, and understanding to support you through the counselling
process. The time we share is exclusively for you to talk things through
and offload at your own pace.

The environment where I practice provides a safe and confidential space
where you can talk and explore issues without being judged. Each
appointment is tailored to suit your individual needs. Not everyone
feels comfortable with talking. I use a variety of methods to support
people in this situation through the counselling process. This might
involve writing, drawing, creative activities, using shells, pictures, and
even games such as Jenga. These activities provide creative resources
for the child therapy work I offer in Cumbria. I have discovered that the
area where I counsel and have my counselling service (Eden Valley), is
also accessible to clients coming from areas of Northumberland (Hexham)
and Scotland (Gretna).

I qualified as a counsellor in 2002. My additional experiences of working
as a nursery nurse, in schools, youth clubs, and as a Home School Link
Worker provides me with a richness of understanding of how clients may
feel. I have planned transition workshops and am able to offer mentoring
to young people, who are going through the challenge of changing
schools, looking for work or starting University. My work as a counsellor
in Carlisle and Penrith areas also includes child therapy within Cumbria.

As a counsellor counselling in the Carlisle and Penrith areas I work with a
range of different life situations. I am interested working with the `child
within us, and can offer an Inner Child Approach. Another niche area
that I am interested in and can work with is how sugar can affect a
person, physically, emotionally, and behaviourally. Sometimes clients
come for talking therapy because they are concerned about their
emotional well-being and just want talking therapy to ground themselves
and find the answers within themselves.

I have found that the areas listed below are generic to my counselling
service that I offer to clients.
* Stress
* Anger
* Loss
* Relationship
* Anxiety
* Depression
* Self-esteem/self-worth
* Attachment issues
* Child and young people
* Problems in school

My counselling practice, is easily accessible from the A6 and M6, and within easy reach of Carlisle, Penrith, and Brampton.Towns such as Hexham, Haltwhistle in Northumberland, and neighbouring areas of Southern Scotland like Gretna and Annan are also within easy access of my Counselling Practice.

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