Dean Smithers provides a safe, supportive space where clients are invited to explore their issues fully. He believes that by gaining insight into unexplored aspects of oneself, clients can achieve a sense of psychological balance and wholeness, enabling them to lead richer lives as a result. He works with them to identify and access said aspects, with a focus on how unresolved trauma can fuel issues like depression and anxiety. Dean adopts an integrative approach, meaning he draws from several ways of working, which can be applied to varying clients’ needs. He may use a person-centred approach to engage empathically with a client’s immediate feeling, or – if a client requires it – work with them in a psychodynamic sense, exploring how past events are influencing the present. His approach is geared towards the individual client.
Dean has a background in art and music and holds creative expression in high regard. He also has experience working in community settings and values diversity, as well as easy access to mental health services. Dean has a personal interest in meditative practice and breathwork, which he uses to help clients manage anxious responses. In addition to anxiety, he specialises in anger, depression, guilt and shame, working with clients to explore how these might be impacting their lives, relationships, and where such feelings and subsequent behaviours stem from.
Dean is trainee integrative counsellor and a student member of the BACP. He works within The Awareness Centre’s counselling service and sees NHS patients in a GP surgery in Lambeth. He is currently working towards a diploma in therapeutic counselling.