Samantha Elvyhart MSc Psych, PGC Coun, BA Phil, Reg Psychotherapist & Counsellor
A warm welcome
Whether the problem is your life circumstances, relationships, your past, or it feels like it’s something about you, if you’re suffering and struggling, I can help you. Perhaps everything you've tried so far to improve things hasn't helped in the way you'd hoped, and you’ve run out of ideas. Perhaps you haven’t had the safe and caring environment to work through your problems, or the people you turned to haven’t quite given you what you needed. If this is you, take heart – over the past five years I have worked with people from many different walks of life, helping them to feel better, and live happier and more fulfilled lives.
Counselling and psychotherapy are widely recognised to help alleviate a wide variety of mental health issues and problems in living. In order to benefit you don't need a diagnosis or even to understand what the problem is. Many people seek help because they feel that something is wrong but they don't know what it is. In addition, some people seek therapy for personal growth. If you find yourself in these descriptions, I can help you.
Whatever the reason you come to therapy, my aim is for you to arrive on a path that is less full of difficulty and dysfunction. In a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space we will explore your memories, beliefs, assumptions, feelings, body sensations and style of relating. By making new connections and gaining new insights, I will assist you to develop the inner resources you need to move forward.
When you take your therapeutic journey with me, I will walk the path of exploration, healing and growth with you, whatever we find on the way and wherever it takes us. I will have your back and I will stay the course with you, always holding your best interests in mind. If you’d like to have an informal chat, please get in touch.
Type of therapy I offer: Integrative Relational Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Integrative means...that I draw on a number of therapeutic approaches, psychological theories and research to enable me to respond flexibly to your therapeutic needs and serve your best interests.
Relational means...that I provide a therapeutic relationship that supports and fosters your healing and growth. I offer you both the opportunity to risk being yourself with me - and to discover who you can be when you feel truly accepted for who you are.
- COVID-19: I am currently offering online work. The Clarendon Centre, Cottage Therapy Centre and my approach to face-to-face work are compliant with COVID-19 guidance and restrictions.
- Length of therapy: I offer short-term (up to 20 sessions) and long term (20+ sessions) face-to-face and online work with adults.
- Practice location: My face-to-face practice is located in Warwickshire at The Clarendon Centre, Leamington Spa and The Cottage Therapy Centre, Kenilworth. Nearby parking is available at both venues.
- Fees: £55 per session. I accept payment via BACS.
- Private healthcare: I am an approved provider of counselling and psychotherapy for the following insurance companies:
Aetna Global Benefits
AXA PPP Healthcare
Healix Health Services Ltd (pending)
What happens when you get in touch during COVID-19 restrictions
- I'll contact you and we will have a brief phone chat to discuss what brings you to therapy. We'll then arrange a free assessment session (1hr) over the telephone or via teleconferencing (Zoom).
- During this session, I'll ask for some key information from you and we will have a chat about what brings you to therapy. We'll go through the therapy contract and you will take away a copy to read.
- The following week we'll speak again briefly (online/telephone) - again, no cost - in order to address any outstanding queries and decide if we want to work together. If we decide to go ahead we will sign the therapy contract and arrange an initial six sessions. I will take advance payment for the following session.
- If we decide not to work together, I will signpost you to other sources of help as appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Integrative Psychotherapy
- PG Cert. Integrative Counselling
- BA (Hons) Philosophy
As well as five years' clinical practice I have over seven years' professional and academic training in counselling and psychotherapy underpinned by my lifelong commitment to learning and personal development. I draw on a wide body of knowledge and experience including psychotherapy and counselling approaches, psychology, sociology and health research, neuroscience, body-focused practices, mindfulness and spirituality. My philosophy studies trained me to develop an open and enquiring mind, the ability to see things from multiple perspectives and the ability to contemplate life's 'big picture' - extremely helpful in therapeutic work. Additionally, I am no stranger to adversity; this means that I know it's possible to overcome pain and difficulty and live a much happier, fulfilled and peaceful life. That means I truly believe you can, too.
In addition to private practice, I am a Student Mentor at a local counselling agency.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Cultural issues
- Envy, jealousy
- Feeling emotionally/psychologically unstable
- Guilt, shame
- Identity issues
- Illness and health-related issues
- Lack of life purpose/meaning
- Life transitions/change
- Social oppression.
- Sessions last for an hour and are charged at £55.
- Payment methods: I accept bank transfers.
- Sessions are paid for a week in advance at the end of each previous session.
My commitment to your safety and wellbeing
Ethical accountability: The BACP and UKCP maintain accredited registers, which contain the details of members who have met the standards of professional competence deemed by the organisation as necessary to practise competently and ethically. My clinical memberships are as follows:
UKCP (Reg.): Registered Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
UPCA (Accred): Clinical Member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA)
MBACP: Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Insurance: I am fully insured, as are my places of practice.
Continuing professional development (CPD): In line with the ethical frameworks I follow, I undertake 50+ hours of CPD a year to ensure that my professional skills are up to date and continually developing.
For more information about how I work please visit my website or contact me for an informal chat.