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MBACP Counsellor
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 3rd July 2023

About me

Hello and welcome,

My name is Sam and I believe that our mental health and wellbeing is just as important as our physical health, and when taken care of, can offer us more enriching and fulfilling lives. Although beginning therapy can be a daunting prospect, it might also be the start of an exciting and bold new chapter. I want to assure you wherever you are in this process; I am committed to helping guide you through it.

Counselling provides a dedicated regular time and safe space to explore and be curious. Feelings, memories, goals and wishes might be discussed in a non-judgemental manner to help you better understand the processes that affect your everyday thoughts and behaviours, offering you a real opportunity for relief from your difficulties.

I can offer you a warm, empathic and confidential space to explore your life and the reasons you have come for therapy. As an integrative-humanistic therapist, my work is informed by you and I tailor my approach to your individual needs, using a variety of different approaches to support my work. I strongly believe that an effective, collaborative and working relationship can allow a lot of successful work to be done. 

I recognise that finding a therapist and booking that first appointment can feel strange and overwhelming; however that first step could be the beginning of an unexpected journey of change and personal growth that enables you to rewrite your narrative. It is worth it because you are worth it. Therapy with me is an opportunity to feel heard and understood. I can help you to feel safe with me to explore your innermost self without judgment.

I am currently working online over Google Meet and Telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified integrative counsellor holding a PostGraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Level 7) and a registered member of the BACP (MBACP). My work is fully supervised; insured and I abide by the BACP code of conduct and ethical practice.

I have worked within organisations in Dagenham, Highams Park and Harlow working with both Adults and Children/Young People at a Primary School, offering one-to-one counselling and a range of modalities to help best support my clients.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I see clients, dependant on their needs on a weekly, bi-weekly basis for short or long term counselling. The fee is £45 for 50 minute sessions.

I offer a free fifteen-minute initial call, to briefly get to know each other and arrange an assessment; I believe that finding a counsellor that you feel comfortable with is extremely important as a trusting and compatible relationship will help enrich the work. If I feel that alternative support to me would be best appropriate for you, I will be honest and support you in accessing the right service or refer you to a colleague.

The first 50-minute session is an opportunity for both of us to get to know each other and see if we are a good fit, it is a chance for you to also assess me and see if I am what you are looking for. The first session may also be called an assessment session and I may try to get a sense of your history and reasons for coming to therapy. At the end of this session we can have a discussion regarding how we would like to proceed with the work.

Sessions are 50 minutes at the same time each week over Google Meet or Telephone (or other Audio-Visual software that we both agree to meet through).

When I work

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Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom