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

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



I qualified as a counsellor in 2002, and work with both adults and children. I offer face to face counselling from my therapy room in the Eden Valley, North Cumbria half way between Carlisle and Penrith. For those unable to visit me, I work online via Teams, and telephone.

I provide a safe and confidential environment where you can talk things through without feeling judged. I work either on a long or short term basis. The time we share is exclusively for you to talk things through and offload at your own pace.

I have experience of working with a range of different life situations which include the following:

  • Self Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Self Harm
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Depression
  • Stress

    Alongside my counselling background, I have 30 years' experience of working with children and young people from 0-25 years old in various sectors. I am also DBS checked. My initial professional background as a nursery nurse, and later on a youth worker. I have extensive experience in the child care and youth worker sector.

    My particular interest in are childhood trauma and inner child work. The inner child can sometimes be known as the younger you. This relates to the parts of ourselves such as memories, experiences, messages that we hold onto from childhood.These can be either positive or negative experiences. By exploring these aspects in therapy, we can allow the inner child time and space to release and let go of anything that might be preventing them from moving forward in life.

    Another area that I have an interest in is peoples relationship with food, and how eating sugary products can impact our emotional wellbeing. This evolved from my own experience of introducing a sugar free diet in 2016 when I noticed a positive impact on my own mental health. As a result, I started a sugar free blog to raise awareness and offer support to others seeking to do the same. I have also delivered some successful sugar free workshops which explore the impact of sugar on our emotional wellbeing, and the relationship people have with food.

    Please click on the blog link on my workshop page for more information.

    When seeking therapy it is important that those coming for counselling feel able to do so, because they wish to rather than because they have been told to see a counsellor. Therefore unless there are exceptional circumstances, I do not arrange appointments for clients via family members or friends. If you are a parent seeking a counsellor for your child, I ask that your child is in agreement that they come to therapy. Willingness to come to therapy, and engage in the counselling process is a really important part of the therapeutic process. Choosing a counsellor that meets an individuals needs, and developing a therapeutic relationship with them is a key part of the counselling process.


    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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