Samantha Robinson MBACP- Nirvana Counselling
*July Update* I have risk assessed my studio and working practices and I am now able to offer face to face appointments again. I have followed the government guidelines and modified my working environment to accommodate face to face sessions. I have a purpose-built studio in my garden (see gallery) which has been designed specifically to comply with government Covid-19 guidelines. The two seats are positioned more than 2 metres apart with a sliding door located in between which allows for plenty of ventilation and air movement. You will be able to enter the therapy room without coming into contact with any door handle or surface, as access is direct from outside, where I will meet you on arrival and lead you to my studio. Hand sanitiser is available in the room. Face masks can be used. Please visit my website for further details.
I am an integrated therapeutic counsellor based in Ivybridge. I normally work from a private and discreet location a few minutes walk from the town centre in Ivybridge. The therapy space is peaceful and comfortable - please see my website for pictures and details.
I've taken the time to share (below) some thoughts about my own experiences from counselling I received some years ago. It’s important to remember that as individuals we are all unique, and what worked for me may not necessarily work for you, but the following will hopefully provide you with an idea of who I am.
I'm passionate about my own personal development and I love understanding what has made me the person I am today. My own circumstances led me to seek out counselling over ten years ago. Life events had brought me to a place where I had far more questions than I had answers.
I was anxious about counselling at the beginning, and sometimes I found it hard going. Sometimes it was just a safe space for me to talk to someone that was able to listen without judgment. Over time the relationship with my therapist developed and grew; they understood me better, they knew when to challenge me and when to simply be supportive, ultimately I trusted their judgment and respected their view, and this provided the environment for my growth during this time. Our sessions were sometimes light and related to day to day events but could also be highly emotional and challenging; it was generally during these times, that I found the answers to my questions.
After the initial period, I found that counselling had become so integral to my life that I kept returning, although the frequency altered. It was always so reassuring to be able to return (to my counsellor) and pick up just where we'd left off, which would often enable me to get straight to work on whatever made me go back. Sometimes there were specific concerns, circumstances, or challenges I needed to deal with, and other times it was just a safe space for me to sit and talk... about whatever I wanted!
I believe that whatever your motivation for change is, ultimately is irrelevant, the fact you’re looking here is the most important part because you’re looking for a change and this the beginning for you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
NHS primary care counsellor working in time-limited therapy.
Private practice face to face counselling for adults.
A mental health support facilitator for a local women's group.
Volunteer for an out of hours crisis café supporting adults in or nearing a crisis, offering one to one peer support.
I am registered with the 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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Before your first appointment, I will make contact with you for a consultation so you can describe what you would like to work on and what you would like to achieve from working together. During this consultation, you can also ask me questions about my approach to counselling. This consultation will either be over the telephone or online via Zoom, your choice.
The number of sessions we have will depend on your situation and your needs. Some people only require a small number of sessions over a short period to work on something quite specific, and others will choose sessions over a longer period to work consistently throughout a bigger period of change. There is no fixed term or right or wrong, only what is right for you, and everyone's needs are different.
I charge £50 for a 60-minute appointment. My sessions can be either face to face, online (Zoom) or over the telephone. I have a limited number of concessional appointments each month, please call me to discuss further. Discounts are available for block bookings.
Payment must be made by the end of our face to face appointment or prior to our online or telephone appointment. I accept payment from credit/debit cards, in addition to cash and BACS transfers.
I can offer a 90-minute appointment, please enquire about price and availability at the time of booking.
I am experienced with working face to face with adults who are experiencing the following:
Anxiety - Generalised anxiety disorder
LGBTQ+ Gender Diversity
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Separation and divorce