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


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

Private Psychotherapy in Coventry & Private Counselling in Coventry

I work in private practice offering PsychotherapyCounselling and Clinical Supervision from a well appointed wheelchair accessible dedicated office within my own home 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.

I offer a free Mutual Assessment Session - subject to availability. I do this because I recognise that one of the most important factors in any therapeutic work is the relationship between client and therapist. Without a strong working alliance the work will suffer. This is why I offer an hour of my time free of charge for you to come and meet with me. You can then decide for yourself if you would find what I offer of value and I will also let you know if I feel that I can be of help to you.

" My approach to working with people is based on generating trust and safety "

I am an Accredited Psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), a UKCP & HIPC Approved Supervisor listed on the UKCP Directory, and a Registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). 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.

My approach to working with people is based on generating trust and safety. Once these fundamental building blocks of the therapeutic relationship are in place they will allow you to talk more freely about yourself. To gain a better understanding of how I work please look through my website. You can also email me, or phone me to have a talk.

latest news
20 April 2015
UPDATE: November 2017
My practice is fully booked. I do not anticipate space for a new client or supervisee until mid January 2018.
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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

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.