About


Clare Smith


I am passionate about offering the right kind of support, at the right time, to children, young people and their families. I feel that a great many problems would not have become problems, had the right support been available early enough.

For children and young people with neuro-developmental differences, such as ASD, ADHD, or Learning Difficulties, timely support is particularly important, as help to understand their issues can make an enormous difference, not only to them, but also to everyone in the family. The sooner this happens, the better. There does not have to be a formal diagnosis for us to work together.

I only provide the kind of therapeutic support and understanding that I would want my own children or family members to receive. I use a range of therapeutic approaches, and am also able to offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, when appropriate.

EMDR Therapy, which involves eye movements, tactile pulsars or sounds, enables distressing memories that have been frozen in time as ‘trauma memories’, to be reprocessed into narrative, non-distressing memories.

I work entirely collaboratively, so that we work towards your own goals, at your pace, together.



Charges

Charges are kept as low as possible, to make Thinking Space’s services as widely available as they can be. Apart from the Initial Assessment, which is free of charge, subsequent appointment time is charged at £50 per hour.


Memberships

Registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) but, having retired from clinical medicine, I am not currently licensed to practice medicine as a doctor. This means that I do not prescribe medication, undertake formal assessments, write reports or sign documentation as a doctor or undertake any other work that can only be undertaken by a doctor.

Affiliate (retired) of The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Member of Network Autism


Training

DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy) essentials training

ADOS (autism diagnostic observation schedule) basic training

3Di (developmental, dimensional and diagnostic interview training for ASD)

STORM – self-harm mitigation and suicide prevention training

Institute Of Psychosexual Medicine basic training seminars (2 year course)

Trauma training (various – adult and children)

Trauma Center, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) foundation workshop

A variety of additional short training courses covering a range of topics applicable to child and adolescent psychiatry

Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling (introductory course)


Qualifications

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB, ChB)

The Joint Committee On Postgraduate Training For General Practice – Certificate Of Prescribed/Equivalent Experience (JCPTGP)

Diploma of the Faculty Of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DFFP)

Currently undertaking a Masters Degree (MSc) in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapy


Experience

Late 1980s to early 1990s – Post Graduate Training in General Practice and then a Principal in General Practice.

Early 1990s – Doctor with the Great Britain Junior Swimming Team; supporting teenagers to manage the stress and anxiety of international competition, away from home, often for the first time, whilst competing with the GB team, as well as providing general medical support.

Late 1990s to early 2000s – Doctor in Sexual Health; working in Time4U (a rural outreach service) and YES (the Youth Enquiry Service) offering sexual health and relationship support to high school pupils. In addition, sexual health and family planning clinics for both under 18’s and all-age populations, as well as vasectomy counselling clinics.

2001 to 2015 – Worcestershire CAMHS, Associate Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – with a special interest in the mental health, assessment and support of children and young people with neuro-developmental differences such as ASD, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, tics, sensory processing difficulties, language difficulties, learning difficulties, and their families.

2009 to 2015 – Visiting Lecturer at the University of Worcester, lecturing on autism spectrum disorders in children and young people.

2015 to 2017 – Freelance Advocate, working for Onside, Worcester; providing general advocacy for adults of working age who have severe learning disabilities and/or autism and who live in care homes.

2015 to date – Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester, lecturing on a wide range of issues related to and including child and adolescent mental health, child and adolescent development, childhood trauma and attachment, communication skills etc.


What People Say

Thank you for the care, kindness and support you have given to both of us. It has been appreciated so much.

a parent

Thank you so much. Your support for me has been fantastic.

a young person

Thank you so much for everything you’ve got me through and everything you’ve helped me with. You’ve made a massive impact on my life.

a young person


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