• Independent Social Work & Expert Witness
    Ian works as an Expert Witness & Independent Social Worker with respect to mental capacity and mental health proceedings, community care provision, issues relating to Fair Access to Care Services, medical negligence claims and criminal proceedings.
  • Psychotherapy
    Psychotherapy is working alongside a client to allow them to explore and develop the nature of the issues that bring them to therapy and to develop their potential to consider alternative ways of understanding, experiencing and interacting with their world that allows a greater sense of choice and potential.
  • Teaching
    Ian teaches in a number of forums with respect to Personal Construct Psychology and its application to psychotherapeutic and counselling approaches.
  • Courses
    Ian runs workshops and courses for professionals providing training in specialist areas of mental health and mental capacity.
  • Supervision
    Professional supervision for qualified psychotherapy practitioners, psychotherapists in training, Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists in Training and other health and social care professionals.
  • Contact
    Contact Ian Gillman-Smith: Psychotherapist, Independent Social Worker & Expert Witness
  • Independent Social Worker and Expert Witness

    Ian has worked in mental health and social care for the last twenty-three years. He has a breadth and depth of experience, both as a highly experienced social work practitioner and psychotherapist, offering a professional and bespoke service to all clients.

    Ian's first degree is in Psychology and Biology from the University of Keele, graduating in 1989. He studied for an MSc at the London School of Economics in Social Policy and Social Work Studies leading to a qualification as a Social Work Practitioner in 1992.

    He has completed advanced psychotherapy training in Personal Construct Psychology and is the current Chair for the Personal Construct Psychology Association, which is the registered Member Organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.


    The services Ian provides are:

    • Independent Social Work Consultant and Expert Witness taking instructions from solicitors who specialise in mental health, mental capacity and human rights law. Work is undertaken throughout the UK.
    • Ian has a private psychotherapy practice in North London.
    • He teaches in a variety of educational settings both in psychotherapy and social work.
    • Ian is a Registered Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Social Workers.
    • Ian has worked for eleven years as a manager and psychotherapist in a North London NHS Mental Health Trust delivering psychological services to clients with severe and complex mental health needs.
    • Ian provides supervision to mental health professionals.

    Ian Gillman-Smith, BSc(Hons), MSc(Econs), CQSW, RSW, MBASW, UKCP regd. Psychotherapist.

Ian Gillman-Smith

Ian Gillman-SmithIan is an experienced psychotherapist who will work with clients with a range of presentations. 

  • Depression/ low mood
  • Stress/ anxiety
  • Issues of identity
  • Panic
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Obsessional thinking
  • Bereavement
  • Difficulties relating to loss, change and transition
  • Surviving trauma


Clients Include:

  • Local Authorities
  • Voluntary and Private Sectors
  • National Health Service
  • Law Firms and the Official Solicitor

Areas Covered:

Ian's work as an independent social worker and expert witness is carried out across the UK.


Ian Gillman-Smith

Psychotherapist & Social Work Consultant

Mobile: 07858005672

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Contact Ian Gillman-Smith

Psychotherapist, Independent Social Worker & Expert Witness

Mobile: 07858005672

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.