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Dr Harriet Smith

Professional Title:

Counselling Psychologist


DPsych Counselling Psychology, PgDip Psychology, AdvDip Couples Counselling, MSc, BSc, CPsychol.

Clinic Location:

The Practice Rooms; Westbury-on-Trym & Clifton

Client Groups:

Child & Adult


Dr Harriet Smith is a qualified couples therapist, an experienced counselling psychologist and lecturer on systemic family and couple therapy at Bath University and The University of the West of England. Harriet combines private practice and work within a specialist NHS mental health team working with adults who have complex mental health needs.

Harriet is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society.

Areas of Specialist Experience

Harriet specialises in working with couples and individuals facing relationship distress and difficulties. Her work frequently involves helping people and families experiencing parenting difficulties, issues of infidelity, conflict and disagreement and coping with separation and divorce.

She also works with individuals who have found themselves stuck or struggling to make the changes they would like to enhance their lives.

Harriet is skilled in working on a range of psychological and emotional difficulties from issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal problems, panic disorders, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex trauma and personality issues.

Therapeutic Approach

Harriet is trained in a number of different approaches including couples therapy, systemic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). More recently Harriet has trained in Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) a therapeutic approach developed by the world-renowned Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. MBT-F supports families to learn how to communicate and problem solve in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

Harriet's approach is based on an individual assessment and understanding of someone's presenting difficulties which often requires an integrative approach. She believes that time spent developing a shared understanding of the causes and maintenance of difficulties is essential and that therapeutic progress is best achieved collaboratively.

She believes in an integrative approach using a range of therapeutic models (e.g. cognitive behavioural, systemic,) combined with psychological theory to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.

Our Expertise

Bristol Psychology Services specialises in matching clients seeking independent psychological assessment and therapy in the Bristol area with a network of highly qualified therapists working in private practice.

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Bristol Psychology Services therapists, each with an area of specialist clinical experience, work from various convenient clinic locations across Bristol.

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