Samantha Jayne Byron MBACP, BSc (hons)
I believe that in order for things to improve for my clients, warmth and genuine understanding are paramount. My role is to listen and encourage in an equal relationship. I work hard to listen, accept and to understand my clients. I also ensure that clients are offered a confidential and safe environment where they can explore feelings, circumstances and relationships in an open way.
I am Integrative trained, and use various techniques in helping my clients make sense of their world. My approach to therapy aims to enable clients to experience a genuine and caring relationship, where they can reach a deeper level of understanding about who they are, as well as the experiences and relationships they have had. When appropriate I use the psychodynamic model to explore how these experiences have had an impact on my clients and ways to move forward. I am careful to maintain a positive attitude and to attend sensitively and accurately to my clients needs. I am committed to providing the best for each individual.
Working with young children I use a variety of therapeutic tools, including play therapy to engage in difficult issues. I have found cognitive behavioural therapy works extremely well however the approach I use in my counselling sessions are adapted to suit my clients needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BSc Honours in Psychology
- CRB checked
- Numerous CPD training in working with children and adolescents.
- Work with pre and post bereavement
- Currently completing my doctorate in counselling and psychotherapy (DProf)
I have worked alongside psychologists and ran a clinic for the emotional wellbeing service of a local children's charity (NHS service), supporting children dealing with bereavement, trauma and emotional / behavioural issues.
I currently see patients through the IAPT service via local GP surgeries and work with clients in the hospice setting who have been diagnosed, bereaved or pre bereavement work.
I run a private practice in Hitchin where I work with adults and children.
I have worked in primary schools on sensitive topics such as bullying and sexual abuse with the children's charity NSPCC.
I have worked in a large private practice in St Albans supporting children, adolescents and adults alike.
I have also previously worked in a London primary school as a school counsellor, working with children between the ages of 5-11 years.
My previous work also includes supporting people through thoughts of suicide with the Samaritans.
As well as working with adults with issues of self harm, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, I have experience of working with children with a variety of emotional and behavioural problems.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
Photos & videos
Adults from £40 - £60 per session
Children under 10 from £20 per session
When a child tells me that they are able to sleep again after engaging in counselling sessions, or a mother has never seen her son as strong and happy, words can not explain how rewarding my work is.
Helping children with their emotional and behaviour issues is more than a job, these interventions help shape them as young adults. Giving children tools to cope in life is priceless.
Adults also need support from time to time and I endeavour to help find solutions and offer support with a wide range of presenting issues.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday all day, evenings and some weekend appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been working therapeutically for over 8 years and offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise on mental health and working with clients.