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About me

Samantha Arditti, Counsellor

I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP). I trained in humanistic counselling at the renowned Gestalt Centre in London and prior to this worked for over 25 years as a campaigner for environmental, animal welfare and human rights organisations in the UK and also internationally.

Gestalt counselling focuses on seeing the client as a whole person, not just the issues they are presenting with. The relationship between counsellor and client is also extremely important, as is the building of trust and a strong therapeutic bond. I guarantee both confidentiality and a safe space for you to explore whatever you are concerned about.

My approach is non-hierarchical and non-judgemental. Ultimately you are the expert on you, but my aim is for us to work together to explore your present feelings and how the past and old wounds may be impacting on you now. The type of therapy I practice is very much a dialogue between us; I am not a passive listener but instead will offer suggestions and sometimes challenge your beliefs where I feel this would be helpful to you.

You may decide to seek out counselling because of a specific problem, or because something just doesn't feel right. Together we can identify patterns of behaviour that may be unhelpful to you so that you understand yourself more, have greater self-awareness and are better equipped to deal with relationships, work and life. 

Often people find that the very act of seeking out and initiating counselling can help restore a sense of being in control.

I offer both short term and long term therapy and am experienced at working with a range of issues including:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Panic attacks

  • Childhood sexual abuse

  • Emotional abuse

  • Sexual assault/Rape

  • Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

  • Relationships

  • Bereavement (human and animal)

  • Body image/Eating disorders

  • Sexuality & Gender

  • Work stress/Redundancy

  • ADHD

  • Adolescence

  • Menopause

  • Fertility & Miscarriage

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Certificate and a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, London.

I also have a 2:1 honours degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester.

Member organisations


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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet Bereavement Counselling

I have personal experience and understanding of the deep sadness felt when a pet dies and offer Pet Bereavement Counselling to support those suffering the loss of a beloved animal.

For people who have loved and lost a pet, the grief can be every bit as strong and raw as that felt over the death of a human loved one. I believe that when we take an animal into our homes they become part of our family, and we mourn them in exactly the same way.

Often this grief can go unacknowledged by those around us who do not understand or recognise the validity of our pain. But I believe it is never 'just an animal'.

Grief around an animal dying can also sometimes be complicated by the fact that we may have had to euthanise our companion, which can lead to irrational feelings of guilt that we are somehow responsible for their death.

I offer face to face Pet Bereavement Counselling and also via Skype, and because I feel strongly that the issue needs to be recognised as a legitimate loss and I want to help those in need of support so that they do not have to suffer alone, I offer Pet Bereavement Counselling at a reduced rate of £40 per session.

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

My fees are £70 per 50 minute session. I offer concessions for students and people on low income.

When I work

Daytime and evening appointments available.

Further information

I offer counselling via Skype or FaceTime for those who cannot get to my therapy room in Fulham.

Fulham, London, SW6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults