Dr Samantha Blackburn
About Dr Sam Blackburn:
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialising in anxiety, trauma and managing difficult emotions (emotional regulation). I have worked in the NHS for over 10 years predominately with adults with long-standing difficulties, including personality disorders, complex PTSD, anxiety disorders, and people with difficulties managing emotions and relationships with others.
I am HCPC and BPS registered, and a member of EMDR UK.
I am also registered with Vitality and AXA Health Insurance to offer therapy.
How I work:
I am trained in a number of different evidence-based methods of therapy. I predominantly work using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
I also have a history of working with Acceptance Based Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Compassionate Based Therapy, and Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT).
My approach is person centred and the psychological approach we use will depend on your presenting difficulties and the type of therapy you are looking for. We can discuss this in an initial consultation.
What to expect on first enquiry:
Please contact me via either email, telephone or my website for an initial enquiry. Initial enquires are free of charge and there is no obligation to book an appointment. It is an opportunity to discuss your current difficulties and what might be a helpful next step. Following this I will offer you an assessment appointment to think about your difficulties further, or help you think where else you might get support.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2011-2014 Royal Holloway University London
- MSc Forensic Psychology 2007-2009 London Metropolitan University
- BSc Psychology (Hons) 2001-2004 Nottingham University
Continuing Professional Development:
- Mentalisation Based Therapy Training, The Anna Freud Centre, 2008
- Narrative Based Exposure Therapy Training, London Trauma Service, 2013
- EMDR Training Levels 1-4, EMDR Works, February 2016
- Level 2 Coaching, British Triathlon Federation, 2016
- Mindfulness Teacher Training, London Mindfulness Centre, August 2017
- Sport and Exercise Psychology Post-Graduate Certificate, Bristol University, 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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Performance related anxiety, trauma management and managing group dynamics and leadership.
During lockdown I will be offering appointments virtually via zoom. I am happy to discuss this platform further and use other systems if preferred. Once physical distancing has been lifted, sessions can either remain virtual or move to face to face.
I offer sessions in Central London 5 minutes walk from London Bridge station and underground.
In the first instance, I offer a free telephone consultation to discuss your questions and arrange an assessment appointment. In this appointment, we will discuss an agreed plan for any further appointments and review this regularly.
All appointments are 50 minutes and usually weekly.
Please contact me about Group Presentations/bookings as duration and price will depend on requirements.
1-1 appointments: £95
EMDR appointments: £95
Couples sessions: £140
I also offer some group based programmes on request, including MBCT and psycho-educational talks to organisations. These are dependent on peoples needs and can be delivered face to face or via the internet if required.
In addition to offering support with mental health difficulties, I also offer psychological support for performance based difficulties related to anxiety, traumatic experiences and low mood.