Dr Harriet Smith
DPsych Counselling Psychology, PgDip Psychology, AdvDip Couples Counselling, MSc, BSc, CPsychol.
The Practice Rooms; Westbury-on-Trym & Clifton
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.
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,
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.