Samantha Elderfield MBACP (Accred)
Our difficulties can leave us feeling lost, unheard and confused. My approach is not to tell you what you should or shouldn't do but rather to think with you and support you as we explore your feelings and experiences of what ever may be difficult for you. My approach is psychodynamic at its core, which is an approach that aims to link early experiences and relationships with current behaviour, situations and relationships. However I recognise that for some of us simply talking isn't always as easy as it sounds and I am very willing to use other modalities and creative therapies (e.g sand tray therapy) to enable you to heal and recover.
We all have an inner voice that needs to be heard, nurtured and encouraged and I will offer you a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space in which to express that inner voice.
I am a BACP Accredited counselling psychotherapist with over 12 years experience working privately with adults in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. I have worked in the NHS, charitable and corporate sectors and am approved by several insurance companies (please see my website for further details).
Our work together will be one to one and either open-ended or short term depending on your need. Our initial session will give you the chance to tell me your story and enable me to ensure that my approach will be the best one for you. Thereafter we will meet weekly at a mutually convenient time and these sessions will each last 50 minutes.
I am also a founding member of the Berkhamsted Counselling Practice which brings together counsellors from differing modalities and can offer therapy services to adolescents, teenagers, young adults and adults. Please see visit www.berkhamstedcounsellingpractice.co.uk for more details.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Psychology
Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF)
Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF)
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Diploma in Supervision The Albany Centre
Critical Incident Stress Management
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.
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
£55.00 per session (50 minutes)
I also offer clinical supervision. If you are interested please click on my supervision link