Samantha Cockerell

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MNCS, MCOSCA | Counselling/Psychotherapy | Adults & Children
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Elgin, Moray, IV30
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

I believe in a heart-led approach to counselling. I work in a person-centred and integrative way to provide the best care that suits you as an individual.  

I provide a safe and confidential space where feelings such as depression, anger, stress, relationship problems and anxiety can be expressed and explored and, in time can lead to a path of self-discovery and in time healing. 

At times life can become overwhelming and by exploring this together we can discover what circumstances or issues are having an impact on your day-to-day well-being. The overwhelming feeling of being heard for the first time enables you to feel open to new possibilities of you being understood without judgment and to look at exploring how you can eventually in time create that place of finding you again. It is imperative that this is done at your own pace and only when you feel comfortable and safe to do so.  

I have had additional training to work with children and young people alongside the experience I hold of over 15 years working with children, young people and vulnerable adults that covers various conditions which will also link to feelings of low self-esteem, challenging behaviours and anxieties.

Young people and children

I can offer a safe and confidential space for them to explore their feelings. I build trust by entering the child or young person’s world through creative play and various techniques that best fit the child or young person

I feel that it is the therapeutic relationship that is at the heart of psychotherapy. Creating a bond of trust with the child, young person or adult offering a non-judgmental and empathetic person-centred approach. 

I am also trained using Makaton sign language and volunteer for local charities such as Aberlour Youthpoint, Elgin Youth cafe and Revolution for good. I am registered with COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland), and NCS (National Counselling Society) which means I abide by their strict ethical code.

​I see clients face to face and I am at present based in Elgin. However, I can cover other areas in Moray and Aberdeenshire. I work with a flexible approach to adapt to your commitments and lifestyle, so I also provide counselling via telephone or online.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Personal Development Certified

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • S.A.C. Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
  • Psychology in Individual Behaviour, Research and Social Behaviour
  • Child Protection Awareness Training
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Resilience and Attachment
  • Self Harming
  • Interplay Play Therapy
  • Assessing Risk
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Online and Telephone Counselling

Member organisations

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
Accredited Register Scheme

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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Areas of counselling I deal with


£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £40.00 per session with concession rates available for students.

Book a block of 6 sessions for a discounted price of £200 (Paid in Advance)

When I work

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Further information

I have two therapy rooms that are central to Elgin.  This gives a variety of convenience and access which may be a concern for clients with mobility difficulties.

I am also certified to work online and via telephone.  This enables you the flexibility and the decision on how your therapy is delivered.

Elgin, Moray, IV30

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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PVG Scheme

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