Sam Gurney, BSc (Hons), DipHE & MBACP Accredited
I am a fully qualified and experienced BACP Accreditated Counsellor. I previously worked as a primary school teacher and Special Needs Co-ordinator. I am passionate about supporting adults and young people to develop awareness and coping strategies to support positive well-being.
I have experience working with adults experiencing anxiety, relationship issues, and domestic abuse. I have also worked with parents who have been managing a young person's emotional difficulties or challenging behaviour at home. (Please note I am unable to offer sessions to both parents at the same time).
In my work with children and young people's charities, I have supported young people who have experienced loss, bereavement, social anxiety and relationship issues.
As a School Counsellor, I work with children experiencing difficulties with parental separation, anxiety, loss, bereavement, difficult peer relationships, self-injury and anger awareness. Some of these children have had moderate learning difficulties such as ADHD or have been on the Autistic Spectrum.
I can use creative techniques to engage people in sharing and making sense of all their experiences whilst also building their self-esteem and develop new and existing coping strategies.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
Diploma (HE) Humanistic, Gestalt Counselling (2017)
Counselling Skills Level 2 (2014)
Counselling Skills Level 1 (2013)
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies: Special Needs (2013)
Qualified Teacher (Primary) 2009
Psychology BSc (Hons) 2008
School Counsellor - Mainstream pupils and pupils with moderate learning difficulties in primary and secondary schools (April 2016 to present)
Off the Record - Managing Emotions Group Work Leader (December 2017 to December 2019)
Rowans Hospice - Children's Bereavement Service (April 2017 - October 2017)
Counselling adult survivors of domestic abuse - Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (August 2016 - April 2017)
Off the Record- Counselling Children and Young people from 11 to 25 years old (May 2014 - April 2017)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Childhood bereavement
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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I offer an introductory appointment which lasts 50 minutes and is a space for you to share your experiences and what has brought you to counselling. The introductory session costs £45. Sessions after this can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
Every session last 50 minutes and costs £45 per session. I offer a reduced rate of £40 per session if booking and paying in advance for 3 or more sessions. Student discount is also available.
Payment can be made by cash at the end of each session or by cash or bank transfer if paying in advance.
I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which is the UK’s independent authority set up to protect how your data and information is stored and to ensure it is processed securely.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday: 4pm to 7pm, Tuesday: 4pm to 7pm, Wednesday: 4pm to 6pm, Thursday: 4.30pm, Friday: 4pm to 6pm. Please note I currently have limited availability at these times.
Types of client