Based in Dorset, providing integrative counselling in a non judgemental, confidential, safe space.
Samantha J Hudson qualified as a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Practitioner in 2012 and has worked predominantly with First Responders, Law Enforcement Officers, & Veterans. She worked formerly as a Royal Military Police Officer, a West Midlands Police Officer and within the private security industry as an instructor in conflict management.
Her clients include those with trauma from terrorist attacks, war, rape, sexual assault, child abuse, incest, violent assaults and road traffic collisions. She also has experience with clients who have issues with drug addiction, alcoholism, co-dependency, coercive control, domestic violence, infidelity, divorce, assault, homicide and suicide.
Working closely with First Responders, Law Enforcement Officers and Veterans from both the UK and USA she has established an excellent reputation for making her clients feel at ease which encourages them to talk about their traumatic experience and the changes they wish to make in their lives.
She has worked with The Police Firearms Officers Association as a practitioner, and as a Keynote Speaker for SC019 (Metropolitan Police Specialist Firearms Operations). She has written Continued Professional Development accredited courses in Post Traumatic Stress Awareness & Suicide Awareness.
Please enquire about the cost of sessions. Initial consultation is free and discounts can be applied depending on your circumstances.
Information Commissions Office Membership Number ZA192088
CPDSO Course Provider 22049
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Training, qualifications & experience
- City & Guilds in Conflict Management 2005
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Management 2012
- Anger & Aggression Management 2013
- Transactional Analysis in Relationships 2014
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2016
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling 2017
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2018
- Advanced Corporate Stress Management 2019
- Online Counselling 2020
- Sure, I can talk to people 2020
- Post Traumatic Stress Awareness for First Responders, Law Enforcement & Veterans
- Suicide Awareness for First Responders, Law Enforcement & Veterans
- Accredited CPD Course Provider
- Suicide Awareness
- Post Traumatic Stress Awareness
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 per counselling session
Initial consultation can be done via the telephone.
A discount can be applied dependent on circumstances.
Please email or call to enquire about CPD course costs.
Concessions offered for
First Responders, Law Enforcement Officers and Veterans will automatically be offered a discount.
"I have served both in the military but mainly for 27 years as a Police Officer. In 1997 I was diagnosed with PTSD. In order to cope with this illness I threw myself into my work and was exposed to 10 major incidents which were traumatic in nature which lead to a final diagnosis of severe depression and complex PTSD in 2013. I eventually was medically discharged from the Police Service. My job was my passion, my calling; my vocation. I miss it a tremendous amount.
Since medical retirement; I have tried several therapists and courses to cope with my debilitating symptoms – some provided very short term relief but all were very short lived lasting only days. I continued to suffer with this condition daily. Nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, crippling anxiety and panic attacks, hyper-vigilance, anger and guilt.
All textbook symptoms which impacted on both my life and the lives of my family. Lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic only added to the problem, my symptoms became extreme and I became even more mentally unwell. My GP and the clinical psychiatric increased my already heavy amounts of medication, I seriously considered taking my own life as I simply could not live like this anymore.
I was at the lowest point in my life, rock bottom – I thought I had already been there just before my retirement, but this was yet another level. I had no choice but to reach out for help once again which is when I found Sam, who was referred to me by a wonderful organisation in Canada the 911 Elite responders.
I made contact with Sam and instantly felt that she was a person I could trust. Sam has a warm, kind but realistic approach to PTSD and its treatment. I began treatment almost 12 weeks ago, being deeply cynical of some of the treatments I had received in the past. In all honesty I was fearful that this would happen again.....that yet again my family would ‘waste’ money on poor therapy.........I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Sam’s background in the Military and the Police made our sessions both meaningful and reassuring as there was an almost an unspoken understanding of what it is like to wear both uniforms and after a while the symptoms began to subside and I began to feel like a human being again. I have realised that I am still on my journey but as a result of the treatment I have received so far, I found that I could be a proper husband and father to my four wonderful daughters – and that this has as much meaning as the life I led as a Police Officer, just in a different way.
I cannot recommend Samantha’s genuine care and concern for me enough as I presented with a severe timeline of lifelong trauma. The progress I have made is all down to Sam’s personable style and proven methods, which are supported by work done not only in the sessions but at home as well.
After a lifetime of suffering from this horrific condition at last I am
beginning to see a future. I am not yet finished with my treatment, and I will have PTSD for the rest of my life but through Sam’s help I can begin to manage my symptoms and smile again.
I commend Sam and her wonderful style and would say to anybody who is in a similar position to give her a call, you won’t regret it."
Law Enforcement Officer September 2020
" I found I could work well with Sam because, like me, she is a former soldier. As such she could understand military terminology and the typical life of a soldier. Sam also has a robust style which is unlike that of most therapists. Sam has a different style and I felt safe to express my views to her. With her help I worked through some very unpleasant childhood memories. Many of them returned spontaneously during our therapeutic sessions. Once the memories had returned, they ceased to have power. As a result, I gained confidence that meant that, at long last, I no longer felt I had my mother upon my shoulder criticising everything I did. In short, in the course of our treatment, I grew up from a youth of 16 to a mature man aged 65. Thank you Sam, for your help."
British Army Veteran October 2019
“I am a Police Officer with nearly 20 years service who as a result of some horrific incidents at work on front line response ended up on long term sick with severe PTSD. When I first started my sessions with Sam, I very much still felt in the grips of this awful disabling condition but with her help, support and wonderful open manner I felt able to safely talk about how I was feeling. Her weekly sessions and training in PTSD awareness she provided gave me the tools I needed to overcome so many obstacles. I cannot thank her enough for me now feeling the best I have done for a year and a half. Thank you Sam.”
Law Enforcement Officer February 2019