Samantha J Terry
24 Station Road
First Floor (above Hartley Estate Agents)
45 High Street
I believe everyone struggles at some point during their life and counselling is a resource that can help you understand what is going on and help you find ways to work your way through it. Isn't that what we would all like, to feel in control of our lives and the choices we make. I can help you achieve this.
I am a fully qualified MBACP Integrative Counsellor and am committed to offering you a service that aims to meet your needs within the therapy space. Being Integrative means you benefit from my ability to work using 3 different modalities, these being humanistic, psychodynamic and CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Having a strong work ethic means I strive to give clients the best possible therapy experience.
It is important that you find the right counsellor for you and this takes time and involves research which hopefully results in you contacting counsellors with a view to making initial appointments to meet them. Sometimes the Counsellor/Client relationship is not always a good fit and this is perfectly natural, as in life not everybody gets along. In our initial session I would encourage your honesty around this issue as it is entirely your choice whether you wish to commit to therapy with me. It is important that you feel comfortable.
If you choose to make contact with me and an appointment is arranged then our initial assessment session will involve you sharing with me your reasons for seeking out counselling. Other points of discussion will be your aims and therapy expectations, what I can offer you and my working practice (where I will be happy to answer any questions you may have). Contract terms will be discussed which will include confidentiality, length of therapy, appointment times and fees. But most importantly, the assessment session gives us both the opportunity to find out if you feel comfortable enough to work with me and I with you. This is important because it could determine how successful your therapy experience could be.
My name Samantha actually means "to listen" so my hope is that during sessions I will create an environment where you will have a voice which will be heard by me. I am an intuitive counsellor and am open minded in my approach believing that as human beings we are all connected whilst at the same time understanding the uniqueness of us all as individuals. I can offer you a confidential, emphatic, warm and non judgemental space where your issues or concerns can be shared and explored, at a pace that suits you.
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship where the emphasis is on the collaboration between the counsellor and the client.....you and I. I offer both short term or long term therapy and am also happy to offer one-off sessions if needed. This proves popular and has been beneficial with previous clients who just wish to have a one-off session when needed. However, I do prefer to work on a longer term basis if there are deeper rooted issues you would like to explore. I am able to work in a solution focused way where we will work together towards a focus or goal that you have chosen to work on. I will strive to understand your issues and worldview where I can then enable you to discover your own inner resources so you are better able to deal with your present issues. I believe in empowering others. This then arms you with the resources and inner resilience to manage yourself and any issues you encounter better in the future.
Having had my own struggles in life counselling proved powerfully beneficial to me and was part of what led me into becoming a counsellor. Knowing first hand the value of the counselling relationship I believe in its effectiveness. I am passionate about what I do and feel priviledged to be able to offer others a service that I have benefited from. I feel that I learn just as much from my clients as clients do from me. At its least counselling is an opportunity to be listened to without judgement, at its best it can be a great motivator for change in your life.
So if anything I have said resonates with you then please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to hear from you.
Recent Testimonials - May
"I feel like I actually found myself again and it also really helped me with my confidence."
Nov - "I came at the start not knowing where I was in anything really, I was all over the place. Now I feel I'm back on track and happier. I didn't feel silly and I thought when I started I would. Counselling helped me to make sense of everything I was feeling and I will take away from it that there's a reason for everything and from these reasons I can take a step back, realise it and then move on from it." ......anon.
June - "Counselling was very insightful, it probed questions that I wouldn't ask myself. I came with 1 specific issue but soon realised there were other related issues. I found it very beneficial."
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 2 in Counselling Skills -CPCAB
- Level 3 in Counselling Theory - CPCAB
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling - BACP
- Level 4 Child Psychology Course (online)
- Diploma in Autism Awareness (online course)
I have recently been accepted as bank staff for West Kent Mind in Sevenoaks and am looking forward to working with this organisation within the community.
As well as running my 2 private practices, one in Longfield and the other in Rochester High Street I also work at a Sure Start Children's Centre counselling adults with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. These include anxiety issues, depression, interpersonal relationship issues, past trauma, childhood issues, bereavement and attachment/loss issues. OCD, panic attacks, anger issues, low confidence, self esteem issues and negative thinking and negative self concept. I enjoy my work at the Children's Centre as I feel that my work with parents enables them to better understand themselves which has a direct and positive impact on their children and the family as a whole. I have also counselled mums with their young babies present. As long as mum feels able to engage in the therapy process then I am happy to work with mum and baby in this way.
My desired future aim is to start to work with children. I believe that early intervention given to children whilst young can impact on how they manage their stress as adults.
I also have a lot to offer parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or those who find themselves in a caring role. This can be a very demanding and challenging role and its common for the carer/parent to be at the back of the queue when it comes to getting their own needs met.
CPD - Continuing Professional Development
I am currently half way through a Couples Counselling course and am now inviting couples to contact me.
Mental Health First Aid for Youths 2 Day Course - Nov 2016
Mental Health First Aid 2 Day Course - March 2015
Mental Health First Aid Lite - Feb 2015
Attachment Theory from the Inside - Feb 2015
Transactional Analysis - Working Styles
Couples Counselling taster training day
Core Net training for IAPT
I am currently part way through an online Child Behaviour course and a Level 3 Special Educational Needs course.
I have regular monthly Supervision and I also continue with my own personal therapy as part of my self-care routine. What I do is important to me so I always strive to take care of myself by practicing yoga regularly and I meditate when I can. This ensures I am offering my clients the best of me, which is no more than they deserve.
I have personal indemnity insurance with Oxygen Services and a full CRB.
I am a registered MBACP member and I adhere to the BACPs Code of Ethics and Practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
The initial assessment session costs £35 and lasts 45 minutes.
Thereafter each session costs £40 for 50 minutes. Or if preferred a 1 hour session is £45.
Evening sessions after 5p.m cost £45.
Couples counselling costs £45 for daytime sessions or £50 for evening sessions after 5p.m.
I offer counselling students a concessionary rate of £30.
I also offer concessions to students and those on a low income, though these are currently only available during the day. Please feel free to contact me with a view to discussing if this applies to you and check availability as I have limited spaces for reduced cost sessions. I do operate a waiting list.
Please be aware that whilst I offer telephone counselling, this is only in the event that a face to face session cannot take place and if there is a need for it. It would need to be a mutually agreed arrangement and is payable by you. However, it is in no way meant to replace a face to face counselling session.
My aims for the future are to extend my training so Im able to work with children alongside my work with adults and I am currently working towards this.
On a personal level I have a special interest and have acquired much knowledge about ADHD, Austim and some learning difficulties. This has at times helped in my working practice with clients. I am currently looking into gaining a professional qualification around these issues or at the very least acquiring some relevant training that will enable me to offer this into my working practice too.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My private practices operate in Longfield & Rochester. Longfield availability is Tues 9a.m - 9p.m & Fridays 10a.m - 2p.m. Rochester availability is Wednesday's 9.00a.m - 9p.m.
Types of client
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