Sam Gurney, BSc (Hons), DipHE & MBACP Accredited

Sam Gurney, BSc (Hons), DipHE & MBACP Accredited



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About me

*COVID-19 Update*

In light of Government guidance I am unable to offer face to face sessions at this time. It has been advised that online counselling should only be undertaken with new clients if the counsellor has had full training to deliver this kind of counselling. So at this time I am offering online wellbeing sessions for adults and young people which are designed to support new clients. This may be discussions around wellbeing, building resilience, strategies to manage anxiety, stress, low mood, anger or relationships. Each wellbeing session is £30 payable before the session begins and will be conducted using the online platform Zoom. Please get in touch for additional information regarding wellbeing support sessions.

The rest of my profile relates to counselling I am able to offer after Government guidance around isolation changes:

I am a fully qualified, experienced and 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)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • The Playroom
  • The Playroom


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 £50. Sessions after this can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Every session last 50 minutes and costs £50 per session. I offer a reduced rate of £45 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.

Further information

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

Emsworth, PO10

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


  • Monday & Tuesday 4pm to 7pm. Friday from 3pm to 7pm

Please note that I currently have limited availability for some days and times.

Types of client

Young people