Sam Baker MBACP (Registered)
Do you feel uncomfortable in your own skin, suffer from low self-esteem, panic attacks or anxiety? Perhaps you are struggling with relationships at home or at work.
We all feel overwhelmed at times and I offer a safe space for you to talk about whatever is troubling you in order to help you move past the issues. Everyone is unique and requires different things from counselling. I have been trained in various techniques and can personalise our sessions to your specific needs. I feel that I am genuine, calm, flexible and honest. I’ll allow you to be heard and accepted so that in time, you will become more accepting of yourself.
I work with bereavement and loss, relationship issues and help people with anxiety, amongst other things. I believe that everyone has the ability to heal themselves and aim to help clients become more self-reliant. I create a warm nurturing atmosphere which can help people gain confidence by recognising their strengths and accepting their weaknesses.
If you would like to book an appointment or have questions just call or email me, whichever suits you best. I can put you at ease in making this next step and if I’m unable to help, I’ll know someone who can. I practise from Welling, Kent and the 3 Light Centre locations in London. Just let me know what location you prefer to see me at when contacting me.
I used to volunteer counsellor for Mind (the mental health charity) and be a Bereavement Care volunteer for Cruse (the bereavement charity).
I am registered with the BACP, DBS checked and covered by Professional Liability Insurance. I regularly see a supervisor and adhere to the BACP code of ethics and continue to improve my professional development.
I practise from a family run chemist in Welling Kent and the Light Centre in the City near Monument and Moorgate and also at The Light Centre Belgravia near Victoria.
My Welling practice is in easy reach of Bexley, Eltham, Barnehurst, Sidcup, Bexleyheath, Blackheath, Greenwich, Abbey Wood and Lewisham and close to Welling BR Station.
My London City (Monument) practice is close to Monument, Bank and Tower of London. Closest tubes are Monument, Bank and Tower Gateway (DLR) and BR stations Cannon Street, London Bridge, Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street.
My London City (Moorgate) practice is close to the Barbican and London Wall. Closest tubes are Moorgate, Barbican, St Pauls Bank and Liverpool Street.
My London Belgravia practice is close to Victoria BR station and Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square tube stations.
I mainly draw on the three approaches detailed below:
The Humanistic approach concentrates on how you are feeling and allows a safe place to talk your issues through. By creating an environment that is empathic, congruent and non-judgemental, the counsellor accepts you for who you are and helps you become more accepting of yourself.
The CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) approach looks at the situation you are currently in. The counsellor would explore the negative thinking and behaviour you present, help you to recognise triggers, and learn ways break the cycle of this behaviour and thinking. This enables you to cope with everyday life in a more positive way.
The Psychodynamic approach looks at your past - how you have been brought up and/or major events in your life. It looks at the unconscious and, by talking through your issues the counsellor would help you gain an insight into yourself and thus make the unconscious, conscious.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in integrative counselling
NCFE level 2 & 3 in Counselling Skills
Cruse Awareness in Bereavement Training
Sands Befriender Training
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 per 50 minute session.
London City (Light Centre Monument EC3R 8DU and Light Centre Moorgate EC2M 5QA)
I charge £75 per 50 minute session.
London Belgravia (Light Centre Belgravia SW1W 9LX)
I charge £80 per 50 minute session.
I take cash or bank transfers.