Hello, I am Dr Katie Smith. As a highly qualified and experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist, I am committed to helping individuals achieve optimal psychological health and overcome life's inevitable challenges. Over my 20 years working within NHS roles, I have developed a passion for providing high quality and evidence-based psychological therapies. I specialise in working with adults aged 18 years and over, on a one-to-one basis (although I can also provide group interventions). I provide supervision of psychological therapy to other practitioners, particularly CBT.
Below are some examples of the kind of problems I commonly work with. However, there are many types of difficulties not listed here which I can help with, so please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss your own requirements.
Anxiety affects us all from time-to-time. When it stops us from doing things that are important to us or interferes with our relationships, then psychological therapy can be helpful. The sorts of problems that I can help with include general feelings of anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Life can throw up challenges, both expected and unexpected. Sometimes this can lead us to feel derailed, ‘stuck’ or that we have lost ourselves and we can struggle to see a way forward. Under these circumstances, psychological therapy can be helpful.
Whilst it’s normal to feel low, down or sad at times, if these feelings are persistent and/or worsening, it is important to seek help. Psychological therapy can help you to understand and tackle the issues underlying your depression.
Although humans are generally resilient to trauma, in certain circumstances the effects of a trauma or series of traumas can persist for months and years. It may feel impossible to get back to ‘normal’ or you may experience distressing memories, thoughts or dreams related to the event. Evidence-based psychological interventions can help you process what has happened and move forwards in constructive ways.
The quality of our relationships and our sense of connection with others are crucial in life. One of the most important things we can do to improve our mental health and quality of life is to improve our relationships and social support. Psychological therapy can help give us the necessary insights and tools to change.
Physical health issues
Our physical and mental health are linked in various ways. I have specific experience supporting people with physical health problems, for example adjustment to illness or injury, rehabilitation and health behaviour change. I have a particular interest in supporting people struggling with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and perimenopause.