Dr Samantha Dewhurst
Psychotherapy and counselling involves a confidential therapeutic relationship working through your concerns and towards your personal goals. I will try and work out the meaning together with you and we we will develop personally tailored solutions and resources to alleviate any discomfort and distress. Regular therapy sessions give you space to think and talk about your feelings and gives you the time to look at what has happened or is happening in your life.
I work integratively, which means being able to offer bespoke treatment plans based on an individual's requirements rather than offer a 'one-size fits all' approach. I draw on the following therapeutic approaches:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is effective for a wide range of problems. It aims to understand problems in terms of the way people think, feel and behave. CBT provides people with skills so that they are able to learn more helpful ways of coping with problems now and in the future.
Humanistic Therapies which focus on self-development, growth and responsibilities. They can help individuals to gain self-awareness in the ‘here and now’ and accept who they are by reconnecting with themselves.
Mindfulness therapy which aims to reconnect people with themselves to alleviate stress. Often people have a tendency to work on autopilot, automatically completing tasks without giving them much thought. Mindfulness therapy helps people to feel more attuned to their emotions and generally more aware of themselves both mentally and physically.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy which tries to understand the reasons behind symptoms, emotional distress and relationship difficulties. It can help develop an understanding of how past experiences, current ways of thinking and relating and anxieties about the future are causing difficulties now.
Training, qualifications & experience
Practitioner Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology
Registered / Accredited
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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
£75 per session
I am also a recognised provider for private health insurance with AVIVA and AXA-PPP and I am happy to accept payment through these schemes. If you wish to use your insurance, from these and any other insurance providers, you may want to check whether your provider requires you to obtain a referral from your GP.