Sam Osborne, BSc (Hons), DipHE & MBACP Accredited
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 stress, anxiety, relationship issues and experiences of domestic abuse. In my charity work I have supported young people experiencing loss, bereavement, social anxiety, relationship issues and who have been young carers.
As a Seconday School Counsellor, I work with young people experiencing difficulties including parental separation, anxiety, loss, bereavement, bullying, self-injury, self-image, anger, stress and low mood. I also support adults working with young people in education settings.
I can use creative techniques to engage people in sharing and making sense of their experiences whilst building self-esteem and developing new and existing coping strategies.
*COVID-19 Update - Jan 5th 2021:
"Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue...where formally organised to provide...therapy" (Gov.uk/coronavirus)
There is scope for face to face counselling to take place, under the exemptions for retail businesses ‘providing services relating to mental health’. However, workplaces and spaces should follow COVID-secure guidelines." (BACP)
Please note that we use NHS test and trace for adults and client arrival times are staggered to ensure everyone's safety. We take digital temperatures of those who enter the practice and you will be asked to wear a face covering when entering the practice unless you are exempt from wearing one.
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
Brockenhurst College: Adult Tutor - Level 2 Counselling Skills (January 2021 to present)
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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. You can then decide if you would like to continue to work together.
Following the initial appointment, future sessions are 50 minutes and cost £45 each. I offer a reduced rate of £40 per session if paying in advance for 3 or more sessions. Concession rates are available, please contact me for more information.
Enquiries for young people: I offer a free 20 minute phonecall for a parent/carer to discuss their referral and gather any information I might need before arranging an introductory appoinment for the young person.
If you are a parent bringing a young person who feels worried about the first appointment, you can stay for the first 20 minutes and then the young person will have 30 minutes to work with me by themselves.
After the initial session the young person can discuss with you if they are happy to continue working with me and we can arrange future sessions if needed.
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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