Al Skiffington-Smith MSc
"As a qualified Counsellor and a qualified Psychotherapist in Coventry Al Skiffington-Smith offers the opportunity to experience a unique therapeutic encounter helping you to move on to different ways of feeling and thinking about yourself and your life, promoting your emotional wellbeing."


Al Skiffington-Smith  Counselling and Psychotherapy in CoventryWelcome. I hope that you find my website helpful and informative.

Private Counselling in Coventry & Private Psychotherapy in Coventry

I am a Registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) as well as an Accredited Psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I subscribe to these organisations' Ethical Principles and Codes of Professional Conduct. I have extensive experience in working face-to-face with adults (18 years plus) offering short-term therapy and long-term in-depth therapy. I have worked with people in a therapeutic capacity since 1999.

Working in full-time private practice I provide Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision in Coventry.
My practice is ideally situated for access from the M6, M69 and M1 motorways. People come to see me from all corners of Warwickshire, the West Midlands, Leicestershire and on occasion travelling from further afield.

"Offering a safe confidential space to be heard without being judged"

To gain a better understanding of how I can help please look through my website by clicking on the above tabs, phone me to have a talk or email me. I will be happy to provide further information or arrange a free Mutual Assessment Session, subject to availability.


What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

There are differing perceptions about the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy. However, in general the term ‘Counselling’ is often used to refer to short-term therapy with a specific focus upon an issue or issues. The term ‘Psychotherapy’ is often used to refer to longer-term in-depth therapy with a broader focus upon long-standing emotional and psychological issues and problems - at times looking from the perspective of childhood.

Whilst there may be differing perceptions, it is important to recognise the large overlap that exists between Counselling and Psychotherapy. Both Counselling and Psychotherapy represent a focused endeavour of working towards the reduction of emotional and psychological distress.

Did You Know?

• You do not need a referral from a GP to make an
  appointment with me.
• Counselling and Psychotherapy do not always have to
  be about the problems we are facing - therapy can also
  help enhance your life by talking through your
  aspirations to promote personal growth and


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20 April 2015
NEWS UPDATE: 25 November 2015
My practice is fully booked. I expect to have space for a new client from the week beginning 4 January 2016. Please contact me should you wish to enquire about a mutual a
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