Finding the right therapist is very important. Just as it is a good idea to be selective and cautious about those people close to you in your personal life, counselling is a special type of relationship that needs careful consideration. It is usually possible to gauge very quickly whether you are going to ‘click’ with someone enough that you feel a ‘relatable’ connection between the two of you. Not every therapist’s style will be your ‘cup of tea’!
In therapy, you'll be able to talk through your life in detail with someone devoted to listening to you. A therapist who gives you confidence and security in taking a genuine interest in you and your experiences in life. Having your story and your point of view really matter to someone is so essential for being able to untangle whatever you're going through and move forward with your life.
With this is mind, I offer a free 30 minute initial session for you to meet me and decide if we would work well together. I think it can be helpful to meet with a few therapists before making your decision.
I feel that having a great deal of life experience and overcoming much adversity myself gives me a down-to-earth, relatable edge that my clients often appreciate. My aim is to provide a space for you to develop a relationship with me that is very 'real', a space where you feel comfortable and safe enough to share the things that have been bothering you.
Here are some of the things that clients have said about working with me:
“I would recommend Samantha as a counsellor as she is very empathetic. I find her questioning very clever, challenging and thought provoking. I feel like she has the patience and knowledge to see me through what I think of as a really difficult time in my life. She doesn't just 'repeat what you said' in a different way like other counsellors I have experienced. She is lovely and funny and kind”
"I can't explain the enormity or the impact you have had on me and my life. What felt like a confused tangle of pain, frustration, anger and sadness now feels like distinct threads of emotion, each with a clear root. I'm definitely able to recognise the truth of what I am feeling and I'm a lot less confused. I am sure that I will keep my 'solidity' and be able to enjoy all the huge blessings I have in my life and not let the past steal that. Thank you for showing me that it is within my control"
“Sam is amazing - never judges, clearly listens and has some remarkable insights into my situation. When she summarised my situation after a particular session I was really touched that she would put so much effort to trying to help me."
Therapy involves much more than just talking over your problems with someone else. You do not need to try and battle through alone. Even if you have doubts that therapy can help, or it hasn't benefitted you in the past, perhaps the timing wasn't right or maybe trying a new therapist or a new approach would suit you better?
I also offer an online therapy service as a stand alone or complementary service for private clients. You can access a range of online emotional and psychological well-being tools and a personally tailored eCourse with weekly lessons and activities selected to address any problems you're dealing with.
Look forward to hearing from you!
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Philosophy & Psychological Studies
Prof Diploma in Counselling (Relational)
Member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychologists.
IARTT (International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy) Accredited Rewind Technique Practitioner.
A group therapist and counsellor since 2007, in private practice in Bristol since 2013.
- Relationships and attachment
- Trauma (adult and childhood)
- Anxiety and panic
- Mood and personality disorders
- Self harming and suicidal thinking
- Childhood abuse
- Self destructiveness and unhealthy coping skills
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
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
£40 per hour, some reduced price places available (please ask for further details)
Week days and evenings available.