About me

We all experience difficulties in our lives from time to time. We may be struggling with behaviours which do not serve us, overwhelming feelings, intrusive thoughts or a more general sense that something isn't quite right in our lives.

Counselling provides a confidential space where we can explore and investigate these difficulties, in the company of another, with the aim of understanding them in order to give ourselves more freedom and choice in our lives. The work of therapy can be challenging but it can also be a transformative experience.

Training, qualifications & experience

As an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor I have worked in a variety of settings, including the charity sector, providing a confidential, non-judgmental space for clients to discuss the difficulties that arise in their lives. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including depression, low mood, anxiety, sexuality, childhood abuse, loss, relationships, anger, identity issues and self-harm.

I have a particular interest and experience in working with LGBTQ+ clients. Whilst shame and isolation and the behaviours that we can develop to try and manage them (such as addictions and compulsive behaviours) are universal, they can be particularly acute for those in the LGBTQ+ community as a result of both external and internalised homophobia. I work with clients struggling with these issues to help them in understanding what is going on and working through them.

Being an Integrative Therapist means that I have been trained in a variety of models of counselling and psychotherapy (including but not limited to psychodynamic, humanistic, relational and body psychotherapy). We are all individuals and this allows me to tailor my approach to best suit my clients. I recognise that the different terms used to describe the wide number of therapies on offer can be confusing and daunting for those seeking therapy for the first time. A guide to understanding these different terms can be found at https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/what-is-psychotherapy/types-of-psychotherapy.

Qualifications
- MA Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling (Middlesex University/The Minster Centre)
- Adv.Dip Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (The Minster Centre)
- PG.Dip. Integrative Counselling (The Minster Centre)

therapy (UKCP, Full Clinical Member)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP, Registered Member)

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

I charge £65 for each 50 minute session in Clapham (SW4) or online and £70 in London Bridge (SE1)

Further information

During the Coronovirus outbreak I am offering free short-term counselling to NHS workers.

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Sam O'Connell

Sam O'Connell