Sometimes it's the journey

That teaches you about the destination

Biography – Dr. Sue Learoyd-Smith (Ph.D, BSc. MBPsS)

Sue Smith - SFS Therapy Swindon

Professional Background

Having always worked in a client based environment, I enjoy working with people, and recognise that life can sometimes throw things at us that we struggle to cope with. At times like this each and every one of us may benefit from therapy!

I have worked with adults and children in a variety of roles, including working as a Teaching Fellow, Research Officer in Schools, and an Advocate for Children and Young People in Care. My Doctorate Research explored the issue of Student Anxiety.  I work with  a wide range of issues although I specialise in anxiety and stress. More recently, I have started working with students at a Performing Arts School. 

It was whilst working as a Behaviour Support Worker at the start of the millenium that my interest about the nature and cause of issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias and emotional issues began to develop.  This led me to study for a Psychology degree but also to begin my own journey into therapy.

My Personal Therapy Journey

A number of years ago I experienced debilitating bouts of anxiety and depression.  Counselling and medication didn’t work for me and, through desperation, I consulted a hypnotherapist.  I was amazed at the results.  Within just a few sessions I felt like the old me had come back.  Since then I have had hypnotherapy for smoking cessation (this was in 2012 and I haven’t smoked since), exam nerves. In 2015 I discovered BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® which is now my go to therapy should I experience any difficulties. This was  particularly helpful with my 2016 challenge of running the London Marathon (which I’m pleased to say I completed) and raising £3,000 for the Children’s Charity ‘Coram’! I then ran it again in 2018 to raise money for Crowdys Hill School!

I trained to become a Clinical Hypnotherapist at the Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy under the excellent tuition of Terence Watts (DHP, FNCH, FRSH, MNCP, MISMA).  Unlike many hypnotherapy courses, the Essex Institute diploma course involves 450 hours of work (150 of these are classroom based) and trains the therapist in both hypnosis and hypnoanalysis.  I have also successfully completed a number of other courses including a Psychosexual Dysfunction Diploma at the Essex Institute, and BWRT Levels 1 and 2 at the Institute of BrainWorking Recursive Therapy.  Further training has included WSN Counselling, a form of counselling which focuses on the individual’s own personality type and is fascinating as it allows you to really get to know yourself. In 2019 I became a Supervisor for The BWRT Institute, a role which I love.

In my own practice I use an integrative approach which means I will use whichever tools are most suitable for the person I am working with.  I will also take into consideration your social and cultural background as I believe that we all develop through a process of nature and nurture.

My personal experience of therapy combined with the excellent training I have received in Psychology, Hypnotherapy and BWRT , and my work as a teacher, advocate and therapist has provided me with the tools and knowledge to give you hope for a brighter future.

I look Forward to working with you,

sue learoyd-smith

Professional Qualifications & Training

  • PhD. (Education/Psychology) The University of Bath
  • BSc. Hons (First Class)., Degree in Psychology, Bath Spa University
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy, The Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Diploma in Hypnoanalysis (Advanced), The Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Advanced International Diploma in Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy
  • Certified BrainWorking Recursive Therapy Specialist (Level 1 & Level 2), The Institute of BrainWorking Recursive Therapy
  • Diploma in Psychosexual Dysfunction, The Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • WSN Counselling (Level 1 & Level 2)
  • Certificate of Advanced Study – Serious Work for Serious Issues
  • Safeguarding and Child-centred practice training, Coram Voice
  • Equality and Diversity and Data Protection training, Coram Voice


  • MBPsS (Member of the British Psychological Society)
  • CNHC (Complementary Natural Healthcare Council)
  • MAPHP (Acc) (Accredited Member of the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy)
  • ANRPC (Affiliate member of the National Register of Psychotherapists & Counsellors)
  • MIBWRT (Member of the Institute of BrainWorking Recursive Therapy)
  • FMBBRS (Founder Member of the British BrainWorking Research Society)
  • AFHEA (Associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • Anxiety UK


Learoyd-Smith, S. (2010). An exploration of the impact of contextual school factors on students’ ways of thinking, speaking and acting. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 15 (3), 239-55.

Learoyd-Smith, S., & Daniels, H. (2014). Social Contexts, Cultures and Environments. In P. Garner, J.M. Kauffman & J. Elliott (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, (pp145-163). London: Sage.

Stables, A, Learoyd-Smith, S, Daniels, H, Tse, H (2014) “Schools and Schooling as Semiotic Engagement: a focus on design”, In: I Semetsky, A Stables (eds.) Pedagogy and Edusemiotics Theoretical Challenges/Practical Opportunities. Educational Futures: Re-thinking Theory and Practice. Rotterdam: Sense Pub. 35-50.

Tse, HM, Learoyd-Smith, S, Stables, A, Daniels, H (2015) “Continuity and conflict in school design: a case study from Building Schools for the Future”, Intelligent Buildings International. 7(2-3) 64-82.

Contact Sue

To arrange your free initial consultation, or to book an appointment telephone (01793) 677817 or 07876808642.

 Alternatively, you can complete the contact form along with a brief description of the nature of your inquiry.  

I will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Thank you.


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Business Hours

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Please accept my apologies, but I am currently unable to accept new clients.

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