Samantha Handley BACP accredited,dip couns,BA,MA,MHS. Counsellor and Supervisor
Hello, and welcome to Handley Counselling.
I am a fully qualified, BACP accredited counseller in Person Centred Counselling, CBT, hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis.
My consulting rooms are based in Benfleet and provide a comfortable, confidential environment for you to explore whatever you choose to bring. They are on the ground floor and there is ample free off street parking.
I offer supervision for both counselling and hypnotherapy, with concessions for students. I am currently completing a further level 7 clinical supervision certificate to enhance my supervision.
I have studied therapy for nine years, and have worked in areas as diverse as bereavement, alcohol abuse and counselling children in schools. I have seen a wide variety of clients and have been able to help them through many issues.
I have worked for Mind and the NHS as a therapist, and I currently teach counselling and hypnotherapy for two colleges.
Above all I offer a caring, friendly setting for you to break free of what holds you back, and find your own path to your full potential - Take control of your own life now and make it what you want!
Counselling explores a number of issues that effect our lives. From day to day living to life changing events, counselling can help you find your path out of the woods. It is a powerful, therapeutic tool and can help you find the life you want. It can help you find direction, to process past life experiences, and cope with what experiences are on their way.
Counselling can help you to gain insight into yourself, to help you express yourself so you are heard by those around you. Our minds and bodies are inter-linked, by looking internally you will find that you can gain a sense of well being, can improve your physical health or help you cope with long-term health conditions. It can also improve your overall sense of well-being. For you, this might mean feeling happier or more content, more relaxed or at ease with yourself, or it might mean feeling more hopeful or optimistic about the future. Regardless of which issue you bring to a session, counselling has a knock on effect on the rest of our lives.
Each client is different, with different issues, so each session has to be tailor made.
In the consultation we will discuss what is troubling you and what outcome you are aiming for. When you choose to continue I will build a session, or group of sessions, to best suit you.
I work in a person-centred way, which means that you as the client are the expert and will know what is best, the therapist is there to guide you through your feelings and find the answer that is best for you.
Along with this I also use some CBT, and visual therapies. Hypnotherapy is also an option.
Contact me to discuss what therapy will best suit you, as all sessions are tailor made for each client.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master Degree (merit)
Foundation Degree in Counselling
Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis
Diploma in CBT
Certificate in mentoring
Relate - Relationship and family therapy
Cruise Bereavement Care - Bereavement Counselling
Place 2 Be - working with children
I am an acredited member of the BACP and the National Hypnotherapy Society.
I have worked in Southend Probation and with Cruse Bereavement Counselling. As well as being a private therapist, I have been a supervisor and tutor with Scope and have worked with Relate - The Relationship People.
I have also worked for Mind and the NHS, seeing clients with a range of issues.
I teach therapy for Chrysalis.
I continue my training in therapy as I believe in its healing qualities, and I aim to offer each client my very best, and I see learning fresh techniques as a part of this.
I know that sometimes life is hard, so hard that you can't see a way through the woods. I am here to help you find your path out of the woods.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also specialise in analysis, using hypnotherapy and counselling. This is an effective method for anxiety and other issues with deep seated causes.
I mix modalities, often using CBT style 'homework' to keep you focussed and exploring your issues in-between sessions.
I am a qualified supervisor to post graduate level and offer supervision for student counsellors and qualified counsellors.
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A session is 50 minutes.
Individual Counselling - £45
Concessions given for students, nurses, paramedics and those in the armed forces.
1 1/2 hours - £45
student concessions - £35
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Evening and day times available
Types of client
Supervision & training