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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), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

I also have a history of working with Acceptance Based Therapy (ACT), 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.

Please visit my website to find out more about how I work and client groups I provide for: www.samblackburnpsychology.com, or email me to discuss your current needs further and make an appointment.

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
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Intensive training 2020

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.


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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Performance related anxiety, trauma management and managing group dynamics and leadership.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR
  • Mindfulness


£115.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information


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.

I am currently offering appointments via zoom or face to face in the clinic if preferred.  For face to face appointments this will depend on availability. 

I offer sessions in Clapham, very close to public transport links.

Please contact me about Group Presentations/bookings as duration and price will depend on requirements.


1-1 appointments: £125

Zoom sessions £115
EMDR appointments: £125

Couples sessions: £200


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

If you require a different evening please contact me and we can discuss availability. 

Further information

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.

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Dr Samantha Blackburn

Dr Samantha Blackburn