Samantha Joyce - Registered Member BACP Accredited Counselling Psychotherapist
Due to the Corona Virus outbreak I am temporarily suspending face to face appointments and will be offering appointments by way of telephone or Whats App video calls. Thank you very much for your patience during this time.
Finding it hard to fit in a time to talk? Looking for a way forward? Welcome! l offer affordable, low cost counselling on an individual basis only to people of all ages, from young children, teenagers, adults and older adults.
I have over 12 years' experience of working with school children, support staff and teachers in both primary and secondary schools, students and adults with mental health issues. I have also worked at Bexley Life Skills Centre (BCU) and The Ellenor Lions Hospice as a volunteer counsellor.
My work with individual clients varies from short to long term counselling and although I offer counselling across a broad spectrum, I have extensive experience working with:
- child related issues
- disability issues
- eating disorders
- generalised anxiety disorder
- personal development
- self esteem
- self harm
- suicidal thoughts
I offer flexibiity where needed in order to help with your life/work balance.
My practice is based upon an integrative approach, whereby I blend therapeutic techniques such as CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy), Gestalt, Humanistic, Mindfulness, Person Centred and Psychodynamic, according to the specific needs of each client. My aim is to encourage clients to explore their feelings, life and problems, in the hope that they will, become easier to understand.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Counselling offers you a place to explore difficulties you are having in your personal life with someone who is trained neither to judge you nor to advise you, but to explore and unlock your feelings, which may have been hidden for years. Past and present relationships will be talked about as well as your relationship with the counsellor. It may well be upsetting, but it will help you to understand more about yourself. From this you may begin to feel less confused, or to make changes in your life, or come to terms with things that can't be changed.
WHY SEEK COUNSELLING?
There are many reasons for seeking counselling. You may be feeling upset and distressed and have problems with your feelings, behaviour, thoughts and relationships. You may keep getting stuck in patterns or relationships that don't work, you may feel you lack direction or that life makes no sense. One of the main aims of counselling is to guide from us from feeling trapped and to give us a feeling of some control over our lives.
WHERE COUNSELLING TAKES PLACE
Counselling takes place in a private, non-judgmental setting so that you can feel free to share your concerns in confidence. In the initial session, you will be able to clarify the areas that you want to cover together.
HOW LONG WILL COUNSELLING TAKE
As a guide, it is normal to work together for between eight and twelve sessions. If you decide to continue beyond this, we can discuss this at any time during the consultation. Each session, normal at intervals of one week, is of 50 minutes at a regular time, although changes can always be made to suit your changing needs.
WHO AM I?
I am a qualified Counselling Psychotherapist who is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I hold an Enhanced Disclosure (DBS). I adhere to the code of ethics and practice set out by the BACP, providing confidentiality in a warm, accepting, therapeutic relationship.
A confidential counselling service is offered to all, irrespective of gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, disabilities, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, class, HIV status, or because you may have been in contact with mental health services. I offer a service that is accepting clients as they are and offering non-judgmental, professional attention, care and support.
TO CONTACT ME
If you would like to make an appointment to see me please:
Ring me on 07961 145659 (answerphone available) or
Text me on 07961 145659 and I will return your call/text within 12 hours
If you leave a message, please include your full name and a mobile telephone number as well as the times and days that you are available to do sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
NCFE Level 4 Diploma in Counselling 2006
BACP Accredited Counsellor 2009
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Stress relating to work
Stress relating to school work or anxious about exams
My services also cover personal therapy to trainee counsellors as part of the requirement towards their professional qualification.
The premises I work from provide:-
Off street parking
Within walking distance from Sidcup Station and on a bus route
Areas my practice covers:
Bexley, Bromley, Catford, Chislehurst, Crayford, Dartford, Eltham, Footscray, Forest Hill, Greenwich, Hayes, Lee, Mottingham, New Eltham, Orpington, Petts Wood, Shortlands, Sidcup,
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Jungian therapy
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
£30 - children (under the age of 18) - 50 Minute Session (including the initial consultation)
£30 - Trainees (Diploma/Degree/Masters Level counselling students completing compulsory hours)
£35 - Counselling for adults - 50 Minute Session (including the initial consultation)
Payments are made in cash, including the initial assessment session.
If you wish to do further sessions, there is a also a retainer fee of one session in advance, which is non-refundable and pays for your arranged ending session.
This is also paid at the time of the initial assessment session and secures your regular timeslot.
I offer off-street parking within a few steps from the entrance.
I am on a bus route and not far from Sidcup Railway Station (within walking distance).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments offered are 8am til 9pm weekdays. If you wish to have an appointment outside of these days and times specified please do not hesitate to contact me.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|