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Person-Centred Therapy With Children and Young People – David Smyth

David has very generously agreed to spend an hour with us thinking about his work...

Last updated 16 July 2024

David has very generously agreed to spend an hour with us thinking about his work with children and young people that has informed the writing of his book “Person-Centred Therapy with Children and Young People.”

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Person-Centred Therapy With Children and Young People – David Smyth

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David Smyth

After a career spanning the National Health Service, King’s College, Cambridge, and the Historic Royal Palaces Agency, I decided, at the age of 40 something, to change direction. This was facilitated by my very first experience of being made redundant. In the deeper recesses of my mind, I harboured a feeling that I wanted to become a psychotherapist. My inclinations in this direction had surfaced periodically in my earlier jobs but, suddenly without a job for the first time in my life, I recognized that I now had an opportunity to do something tangible about it.

In 1999, I qualified with the Diploma in Counselling from the University of East Anglia with a training firmly established in the Person-Centred Therapy tradition. Soon after completing my initial training, I set up my own practice and this has continued to grow from year to year.

Soon after obtaining my initial qualifications as a Person-Centred Therapist, I decided that I would like an opportunity to allocate part of my work to providing counselling therapy for children and young people I, therefore, began a programme of further training in child psychotherapy and play therapy. I am a Certified Play Therapist following the successful completion of the Diploma in Practice-based Play Therapy.

Book| Person-Centred Therapy with Children and Young People – David Smyth – (February 2013)