Sam Gurney, BSc (Hons), DipHE & MBACP Accredited
From 8th August 2020 the Government has added "professional services" to the list of places people must wear a face covering, which includes counselling. Please note if you are in a group exempt from wearing one or a young person under 11 you will not be required to wear a face covering in the practice.
In line with other Government guidance, face to face counselling sessions are able to be conducted where risks to health have been identified and controlled. Some clients may feel more comfortable meeting less frequently or alternating between face to face and online sessions. How you feel will be individual to you, so please get in contact so we can discuss what will work best for you.
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 (aged 11+) to develop awareness and coping strategies to support positive well-being. Please note I can also deliver bereavement support to younger children (aged 7+).
I have experience working with adults on issues such as anxiety, relationship issues, and experiences of domestic abuse. I can also work with a parent who has been managing a young person's emotional difficulties or challenging behaviour at home.
In my work with children and young people's charities, I have supported young people who have experienced loss, bereavement, social anxiety, relationship issues and who have been young carers.
As a School Counsellor, I work with children experiencing difficulties with parental separation, anxiety, loss, bereavement, bullying, self-injury, anger, stress and low mood.
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)
Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service - Counselling adult survivors of domestic abuse - (August 2016 - April 2017)
Off the Record- Counselling Children and Young people from 11 to 25 years old (May 2014 - April 2017)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Following your initial enquiry, I offer a free 20 minute phonecall to discuss your referral and gather any information I might need before meeting you or your young person for the first time. Any contact required after that (additional phone calls, emails, attending school meetings) are at an additional cost.
I offer an introductory appointment which is £45 for 50 minutes and is a space for you to share your experiences and what has brought you to counselling. If you are a parent bringing a young person, we will all meet for the first 20 minutes and then the young person will have 30 minutes to work with me by themselves. 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. Concession rates are available.
Payment can be made by cash at the end of each session or bank transfer if paying in advance.
Concessions offered for
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