Samantha Colmer Individual & Group Counselling, CBT for Anxiety, Addiction & CFS
Hi there I'm Sam, welcome to my profile.
I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor, trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt modalities. I am a passionate therapist offering one to one sessions and group therapy to a diverse client base, covering a variety of mental and emotional challenges.
I have extensive experience in working with adults who are dealing with Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and addictions issues.
I offer a real, safe and empathic space to share your experience, understanding the importance of connection and being heard. My aim is to empower you to bring about transformational change.
Finding a therapist you connect with is important and therefore I offer a FREE 20 minute telephone conversation to help you decide which way you wish to work and to identify what the presenting problems are.
One to one sessions are available, either face to face using zoom or in person.
Engaging in the therapy can be difficult for some, with this in mind I offer walking therapy and outdoor therapy to help with a more organic process.
Group work is a magical way to engage in therapy. Allowing you a more affordable option, whilst providing a place where you can share and improve communication, boosting your self confidence and ability to regain balance in your life. Groupwork also Provides the following:
- Helps you identify with others that present with similar thinking styles.
- Provide a place where you can share and improve communication.
- Provide a safe and confidential space in which to get a deeper understanding of yourself and your needs.
Working in groups of 6 you can expect to find a place where you can connect and identify with others that present with similar problems, helping you to feel more hopeful for the future.
Groups are a safe and confidential space in which to release strong feelings and emotions in order to get a deeper understanding of yourself and your needs.
The therapy groups on offer are.....
- Social anxiety
- Anxiety in Sobriety
- Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
Group members are asked to commit to weekly attendance. This is group therapy, not a drop in support group. There is no scheduled end to the group, so you can continue to attend for as long as you wish. Each group will be capped at a maximum of 6 members to allow everyone space to be heard. When someone decides it's time to leave, their spot will be offered to the next person on the waiting list. I will do my best to keep waiting lists to a minimum and to set up new groups if the demand is there.
You will also receive a FREE 50 minute 1 to 1 session throughout the time you are engaged with your group to see how you are getting on with the group dynamics.
Getting in touch
Whichever type of therapy you chose you will receive a service tailored to your needs, whether it's short or long term, telephone or face to face, group or individual. We will work at your pace with gentle challenge to deepen your understanding of yourself.
Please call me on 07818 727735 or send me an email, if you have any questions about individual or group counselling or if you would like to book a session.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in CBT Skills and Theory
- Certificate in Proficiency - Registered Member of the BACP
- Certificate in working with young people
- Certificate in Dealing with challenging behaviour
- Certificate in substance misuse awareness
- Therapeutic group work
- Families and addiction
- Understanding and working with sexual offenders
- Foundation, Certificate and Diploma in Welfare Studies
I have spent several years working as a counsellor in criminal justice and prisons based in London, allowing me to gain a wealth of knowledge and skills. Further work experience has been at Clouds house a private treatment centre in Wiltshire, working with substance addiction. Running group work and 1 to 1 sessions and providing lectures and workshops for both clients and family members.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Do you worry about everything?
- Do you struggle to sleep?
- Are you lacking in motivation?
- Do you struggle to focus?
- Become irritable at the smallest little thing?
- Avoid social situations or even answering the phone?
- Often feel overwhelmed, nauseous (sick), Pounding heart, muscle pain?
- Are anxious, negative thoughts taking over your life? Such as I'm not good enough...
- Jobs, your ability to work, see things through to the end or even struggle to start.
Concessions offered for
Free 20 minute telephone conversation
90 minute group session £30
50 minute assessment session £50
50 minute therapeutic session £50
Reduced fees for trainee counsellors call to discuss.
People on low income, the fee can be reduced, I will need proof of your benefit and I can only offer a limited number of appointment places for reduced fees at any one time.
Daytime and mid week evening appointments available.
I will listen without judgment and our sessions will be confidential in order to empower you to make changes. These anonymous words from previous clients are here to help you to get an understanding of what working with me would be like.
Finding someone to facilitate counselling is very difficult, especially with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), as I often interpret people as criticising me. In this environment, I wouldn’t be able to grow in the way that I need to, but with Sam, she has a very warm and accepting temperament and I found myself looking forward to the sessions. With each session, I could feel my coping mechanisms and positivity improving. Even after our first conversation at assessment, there was a sense of hope that I hadn’t experienced before.
Coming to counselling for the first time felt like a huge risk. Opening up to someone about issues I have struggled with my whole life was hard but I very much appreciated the safe and gentle space Samantha provided. I had the chance to discuss my experiences and examine them in a new light. This has made it possible for me to understand myself in a new way, relate to others better and put down the heavy weight that I was carrying.
Making the call was daunting and the most difficult step. But I looked forward to subsequent sessions because they were rewarding. I don’t believe I could have worked through my issues without the wonderful help I received. Heartfelt thanks and the warmest gratitude.
Fantastic! No words to explain how much Sam has helped me.