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Dip Couns, MBACP

About me

Hello there. My name is Sam and I am a qualified counsellor with my own private practice in Hastings. I have been working with clients for 10 years. Since Covid I have been seeing clients via online video platforms like Zoom (or by telephone). Many clients have decided to continue having their therapy in this way as they find it convenient and effective. I can offer face to face appointments or a mix of both however.

My experience includes 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, trauma, 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  (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 or to make an initial assessment appointment and, you can also visit my website for further information

Initial Appointment:

An initial assessment appointment is up to 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 continue with ongoing professional development training to help to best help my clients.

I work with individuals and young adults (16yrs and upwards) and offer short-term and long-term therapy.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

The initial consultation (30 minutes) is free of charge
£45  per session 1:1 counselling (50 minutes)

During Covid times I have been seeing clients via online platforms like Zoom or by telephone. Many clients have decided to continue having their therapy in this way as they find convenient and effective. I can offer face to face appointments or a mix of both if needed/preferred.

When I work

I don't work Fridays

Further information

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.

Hastings, East Sussex, TN34

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

The approach to the property is flat and then there are 2/3 small steps up into the property. My therapy room is upstairs but could arrange to see you downstairs if you cannot manage stairs.

Online platforms

VSee
Zoom

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