Samantha Summerscales, Dip Couns, MBACP
Hello there. My name is Sam and I am a qualified counsellor with my own private practice in Hastings. During the current Covid-19 restrictions I am seeing clients via online video platforms like Zoom and Vsee or by telephone and am regularly reviewing this to see when I might be able to return to face to face appointments.
My experience inlcudes 5 years working with a local counselling charity seeing clients with lots of different issues on a 1-1 basis and running well-being groups.
I see clients with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship difficulties, abuse, sexual abuse, childhood issues, suicidal thoughts, low confidence and self-esteem (this is not a complete guide).
I also have completed further training in and work with clients who have specifically experienced trauma and sexual assault/abuse as well as clients who have either attempted suicide or are struggling with suicidal thoughts. I am also trained and experienced in working with bereavement and loss.
Life can be challenging and distressing sometimes, and it can be difficult to know how to cope or manage difficult feelings at times. Counselling provides a space for you to talk things through with someone who is objective and non-judgemental. As a qualified counsellor I am trained to help you recognise and unravel what is going on for you. I can offer a safe and confidential space in which to explore what is troubling you. I believe that the client and counsellor working relationship is at the heart of successful therapy.
Although we can have similar experiences e.g. anxiety, relationship difficulties, abuse etc we all cope and react in our own unique way. So my way of working with each client is as different and unique as the person themselves.Please visit my website to find out more about me and how I work (www.samcounselling.me).
Beginning counselling can be daunting. I hope to give you enough information here so that you feel more informed and able to contact me for an informal conversation to discuss your situation/ to make an initial assessment appointment or to look at my website to gain further information
An initial assessment appointment is a half hour appointment and free of charge.
It is an opportunity for us to meet before deciding whether counselling with me is right for you and whether i'm the right counsellor to help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Wealden College of Counselling and Psychotherapy and was awarded a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.
I have also completed further training in bereavement, trauma, sexual assault and suicide.
I have worked for a national bereavement charity and hold a certificate in bereavement counselling.
I have previously worked for a charity counselling service for 5 years where i ran a group and saw people on a 1-1 basis.
I have also worked with the Princes' Trust and a charity for single mother's as a mentor.
I work with individuals and young adults (16yrs and upwards) and offer short-term and long-term therapy.
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
The initial consultation (30 minutes) is free of charge
£40 per session 1:1 counselling (50 minutes)
During this time with the Coronavirus i am working via online platforms like Zoom or Vsee, or by telephone. This is something I will review regularly to see when I can return to face to face appointments.
I offer daytime and evening appointments.
There is free on-street parking and a bus stop approximately 5-10 minutes walk away.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I hold professional insurance.
If you wish to find out more about integrative counselling please visit the BACP's website http:/www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk or feel free to contact me to discuss your situation further.