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 work and 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

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 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

  • The Playroom - Emsworth
  • The Playroom - Emsworth


I offer an introductory appointment which lasts 50 minutes for the reduced rate of £30. Sessions after this can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Each session last 50 minutes and cost £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 available.

Payment can be made by cash at the end of each session or cash/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: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Monday: 1pm to 7pm Tuesday: 4pm to 7pm Thursday: 9am to 12pm Friday: 4pm to 7pm Please feel free to contact me for more information.

Types of client

Young people