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Introducing Darren Smith,
Optimism Clinical Associate


Military & Service Connections

With 24 years of dedicated service as a mental health nurse in the Royal Navy, I bring a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges faced by military personnel. During my time working as the Defence Addictions Specialist, I provided crucial support and guidance to service members facing mental health challenges, ensuring they received the care they deserved. As a veteran, I am deeply committed to advocating for the mental health needs of military and emergency service members and veterans, drawing upon my extensive background to offer compassionate and effective care.

My Qualifications

Diploma in Mental Health Nursing University of Birmingham

BSc (Hons) Health Science in Addiction Studies, University of Leeds

EMDR Training Levels 1 – 3,  EMDR Europe

Additional Clinical Training

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Motivational Interviewing 

Introduction to CBT, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre

Feeling State Addiction Protocol, EMDR

Mental Health First Aid

MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy - ongoing

My Professional Accreditations

Registered Nurse - Mental Health NMC

EMDR UK Trained Practitioner Accreditation - in progress

CPT Provider

Additional Information

Enhanced DBS Adults and Child​

My Experience

My experience spans a 24 year career within the Defence Mental Health Services, working with a varied client group in mental health and primary care service. I have specialised in providing Occupational Mental Health assessments and treatment to a variety of client groups both in person and via telemedicine. I  have experience in treating a wide range of mental health problems and psychological difficulties including Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. I was also the Defence Addiction Specialist for Scotland and have a vast experience in working with individuals who use substances and alcohol. 


I have provided onsite psychological support for a variety of TV programmes and I provide Emotional Coping Skills training to the NHS and other organisations​​

My Commitment to You

I am an autonomous, courteous practitioner who is hardworking, focused, and dynamic. I am a motivated individual who aspires to provide the highest possible care for my clients by using evidence base practice and adhering to NICE Guidelines and procedures.

Please contact Optimism if you would like a copy of my full Bio.

Darren Smith at Optimism Psychotherapy & Supervision Services
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