Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 15th November 2021

About me

I am a fully qualified, experienced and BACP Accredited 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.

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 have experience working with adults experiencing stress, anxiety, relationship issues and experiences of domestic abuse.

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.

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)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

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.

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free 20 minute initial telephone call for adults or parents of young people which might help you decide if I would be the right person to work with.

Following this I offer an initial assessment which lasts 50 minutes and is a space for you to share your experiences and what has brought you or your young person to counselling.  After this session, you can then decide if you would like to continue to work together.

The initial assessment and any future sessions are 50 minutes and cost £50 each.  Concession rates are available, please contact me for more information.

Enquiries for young people: If you are a parent bringing a young person who feels worried about the first appointment, you can stay for the first 20 minutes of the session. The young person will then  have 30 minutes to work with me by themselves after this.

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.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Sam Osborne

Sam Osborne