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Donal Carmody BA, PG Dip.

I am a registered accredited counsellor with the National counselling society. I regularly work with clients experiencing stress, anxiety or depression. I offer both short and long term counselling for individuals and groups. I use a relational approach as I believe that our relationships are important in the development of oneself, especially those relationships we form in early childhood.


Alongside my private practice I work as Head of Counselling at Kinergy managing a team of 27 volunteers and 5 staff. Kinergy is a counselling agency that supports survivors of sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. I also work at the University of the West of England as a visiting lecturer on the Diploma in Counselling course.


Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)

  • Registered member of the British Association for Counselling &    Psychotherapy, MBACP

  • Member of Counsellors & Psychotherapists in Private Practice. (CAPPP)

  • Experience of working with drugs and alcohol at Bristol Drugs Project. (BDP)

  • Experience of working with sexual abuse and/or rape survivors at Kinergy, Bristol

  • BA in art and design

  • Experience of working as a group facilitator

  • Experience of working with young people

  • Accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS)

Tim Smith BA, PGCE, PG Dip, MBACP

I have worked in a wide range of settings, residential and day provision, public and private sector, children, young people and adults.  This breadth of experience has led me to deepen my knowledge and understanding of people in different settings.  


Some of the areas that I have worked in include:


  • Counselling adults the the Employment Assistance Programme.

  • Therapist for children and young people who have been sexually assaulted.

  • Counselling young people in a Young Offenders Institution.

  • Counselling for an charity working with survivors of sexual abuse and rape.

  • Counselling vulnerable young people for a housing project.

  • Personal Adviser, providing information, advice and guidance for young people  in Special Education.

  • Counselling and consultancy in a school for pupils with a range of difficulties (principally Asperger’s, Tourette’s, ASD, ADHD/ADD).

  • Manager of a Steiner Home for Younger Adults with Learning Disabilities

  • Trainer and consultant for Studio III (working with people and organizations who have or work with challenging behaviour).

  • Head of Care/Deputy Head: Special school for pupils ASD.

  • Deputy Principal: Residential Special School for pupils with Emotional, Behavioural and Social Difficulties.

  • Social worker: Independence Training Unit for young people excluded from Children's Homes and Children’s’ Homes with Education, and children of families in the process of breakdown.  

  • Implementing an Intermediate Treatment programme.

  • Family Centre Assistent Social Worker with children from the ages of four to sixteen.



Post Graduate Diploma - Counselling.

Certificate in Counselling Skills

Post Graduate Certificate in Education

MA Modules in:

  • Educating emotionally & behaviourally disordered children

  • Psychology of personality and socialisation

  • Guidance and counselling in education

  • The psychology of special education

BA Geography and History








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