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About me

As a humanistic counsellor, my focus is to support you in re-discovering your innate sense of goodness and wholeness. Whether your troubles are underpinned by trauma or depressed feelings, our work together can build an understanding of who you are and what you need.

What can I help with?
I can help with a variety of issues and I have a deep understanding of trauma, bereavement and making sense of your loss, and working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

About me
I am a fully qualified Humanistic therapist and I undertook my training at the Metanoia Institute. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics to ensure I am working in the best interest of my clients. My approach integrates the values of Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt philosophy. This blend of modalities allows me to be flexible in my work and meet you where you are in your life.

My approach

My training draws on several schools of thought which allows for flexibility in my approach. I work from the viewpoint that each person is innately good and holds the capacity for real change and growth, in the right conditions.

Our work together

If you decide you would like to start working together, we will start from where you are in your life. There is no requirement to go head first into your troubles, you can start from how you are doing in the present moment, your most immediate feelings and thoughts. This can offer a secure base for spontaneous revelations.

You can share whatever you feel comfortable to and I will offer a space for reflections and a genuine curiosity of your situation.

If you cannot find a starting point or if you find sharing particularly difficult, I will bring myself in to support you. I will gently encourage you to notice what arises for you throughout our sessions in order to raise your awareness on what may be troubling for you.

I hope to create a warm and non-judgemental environment so you can feel accepted for who you are.

As our therapeutic relationship grows, we can explore your existing coping strategies and compassionately acknowledge how they have helped and served you this far.

We can look at aspects of your life that you wish to change or enhance and talk through how you picture journeying to where you would like to be.

Therapy can also provide a non-judgemental space for you to experiment with alternative ways of relating to your world. You can share updated or emerging ideas, you may also wish to bring in unresolved or potential dilemmas to gain a clearer understanding of your situation.

I believe it is equally important to recognise and rejoice in your achievements, whether big or small, you are worthy of celebration.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling awarded by Metanoia institute
  • BSc (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling awarded by Middlesex University
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy awarded by Centre of excellence online
  • Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

I have worked in a number of roles. My current role is as a bereavement counsellor supporting individuals to make sense of their loss and discovering who they are now in relation to their bereavement. I also gained experience working as a counsellor for a low cost therapy provider open to individuals from diverse backgrounds with varying issues, mostly including profoundly traumatic experiences. In addition to my most recent roles, I spent a significant amount of time working in domiciliary care where I gained a deep understanding of how to work compassionately with older adults in the later stages of their life.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My main focus area is trauma, which includes psychological, physical or sexual abuse, sexual or domestic violence, bereavement, bullying and witnessing of traumatic events. Equally, working with impact of traumatic experiences such as depression, anxiety and a loss of self.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

My standard fee is £60 and the session duration is 50 minutes.

The first session is exploratory and is therefore charged at £30. This is to see if we are comfortable working with together. 

**Please note, I am on holiday from the 14th-28th September 2021***

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am on holiday from the 14th-28th September 2021. 

Further information

Please note, I am currently offering online/phone sessions and face to face sessions in St Albans.

Concessions available for online sessions.

Rickmansworth
WD3

St. Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller