Sam Gurney, BSc (Hons) Psychology, DipHE Humanistic Counselling, MBACP

Sam Gurney, BSc (Hons) Psychology, DipHE Humanistic Counselling, MBACP




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About me

I am a qualified counsellor who began my journey into the counselling profession after training as a Primary school teacher, which developed my interest in the emotional barriers faced by children and young people.

Through my training, I have supported adults experiencing anxiety, relationship difficulties and domestic abuse.

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. I have also supported parents managing children's challenging behaviour at home.

I support children in school experiencing difficulties with parental separation, gender identity, anxiety, loss, bereavement and social skills. Some of these children have had moderate learning difficulties such as autism and ADHD.

I am interested in ensuring that everyone has access to talking therapies and I can use creative techniques to engage people in sharing and making sense of all their experiences whilst also building their self-esteem and coping strategies.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

Psychology BSc (Hons) 2008

Qualified Teacher (Primary) 2009

Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies: Special Needs (2013)

Counselling Skills Level 1 (2013)

Counselling Skills Level 2 (2014)

Diploma of Higher Education Humanistic Gestalt Counselling (2017)


School Counsellor - Mainstream pupils and pupils with moderate learning difficulties in primary and secondary schools (April 2016 to present)

Off the Record - 6 week managing emotions group work facilitator (December 2017 to present)

Rowans Hospice - Children's Bereavement  Service  (April 2017 - October 2017)

Off the Record- Counselling Children and Young people from 11 to 25 years old (May 2014 - April 2017)

Counselling adult survivors of domestic abuse - Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (August 2016 - April 2017)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Counselling room in Emsworth Practice
  • Counselling Room in Waterlooville Practice


The initial introductory/assessment session is 50 minutes and is free of charge.

Thereafter sessions are usually weekly or fortnightly and last 50 minutes. The price is £45 per session or £40 if booking 3 or more sessions in advance.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or bank tranfer

Maps & Directions

Emsworth, PO10
Waterlooville, PO7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair accessible premises: Unspecified


Emsworth: Monday from 4.30pm to 8pm Tuesday - 9am to 11am or 4pm to 6pm Waterlooville Thursday - 9am to 12pm or 4pm to 5pm

Types of client

Young people
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