I believe everyone struggles at times during life and that has never been more relevant than where we, as a society find ourselves now.
Counselling can help you make sense of our current situation and help you understand what is going on for you. It can enable you to discover how you can work your way through it. Wouldn't you like to feel more in control of your life and any choices you make now in this current climate? If so then I can help you achieve this.
Being a fully qualified MBACP Integrative Counsellor I am committed to offering you a service that aims to meet your needs within the therapy space. Being Integrative means you benefit from my ability to work using 3 different modalities, these being humanistic, psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I can easily adapt my working style to meet your need. I have a strong work ethic ensuring I strive to give clients the best possible therapy experience. I work with individuals (including young people 16-18) and couples on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, loss, mental health issues and family and relationship struggles plus much more.
It is important you find the right counsellor for you and this can take some time. It involves you researching which hopefully results in you contacting counsellors with a view to making initial appointments to meet them. Sometimes the Counsellor/Client relationship is not always a good fit and this is perfectly natural, as in life not everybody gets along. In our initial session I would encourage your honesty around this issue as it is entirely your choice whether you commit to therapy with me. It is important that you feel comfortable.
If you choose to make contact with me and an appointment is arranged then our initial assessment session will involve you sharing with me your reasons for seeking counselling. Other points of discussion will be your aims and therapy expectations, what I can offer you and my working practice (where I will be happy to answer any questions you may have). Contract terms will be discussed which will include confidentiality, length of therapy, appointment times and fees. But most importantly, the assessment session gives us both the opportunity to find out if you feel comfortable enough to work with me and I with you. This is important because it could determine how successful your therapy experience could be.
My name Samantha actually means "to listen" so I strive to create an environment where you will have a voice which will be heard by me. Being an intuitive counsellor I am open minded in my approach believing that as human beings we are all connected whilst at the same time understanding the uniqueness of us all as individuals. I will offer you a warm, confidential, emphatic and non judgemental space where your issues or concerns can be shared and explored, at a pace that suits you.
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship where the emphasis is on the collaboration between the counsellor and the client.....you and I. I offer both short term or long term therapy and am also happy to offer one-off sessions if needed. This proves popular and has been beneficial with previous clients who just wish to have a one-off session when needed. However, I do prefer to work on a longer term basis if there are deeper rooted issues you would like to explore. I am able to work in a solution focused way where we will work together towards a focus or goal that you have chosen to work on. I will strive to understand your issues and worldview where I can then enable you to discover your own inner resources so you are better able to deal with your present issues. I believe in empowering others. This then arms you with the resources and inner resilience to manage yourself and any issues you encounter better in the future.
Having had my own struggles in life counselling proved powerfully beneficial to me and was part of what led me into becoming a counsellor. Knowing first hand the value of the counselling relationship I believe in its effectiveness. I am passionate about what I do and feel priviledged to be able to offer others a service that I have benefited from. At its least counselling is an opportunity to be listened to and heard without judgement, at its best it can be a great motivator for change in your life.
So if anything I have said resonates with you then please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to hear from you.
Recent Testimonials - May
"I feel like I actually found myself again and it also really helped me with my confidence."
Nov - "I came at the start not knowing where I was in anything really, I was all over the place. Now I feel I'm back on track and happier. I didn't feel silly and I thought when I started I would. Counselling helped me to make sense of everything I was feeling and I will take away from it that there's a reason for everything and from these reasons I can take a step back, realise it and then move on from it." ......anon.
June - "Counselling was very insightful, it probed questions that I wouldn't ask myself. I came with 1 specific issue but soon realised there were other related issues. I found it very beneficial."
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 2 in Counselling Skills -CPCAB
- Level 3 in Counselling Theory - CPCAB
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling - BACP
- Level 4 Child Psychology Course (online)
- Diploma in Autism Awareness (online course)
- National Autistic Society Training
I currently run a successful private practice in Wainscott, Kent
I also work as a Specialist Mentor at the University of Medway and Canterbury University mentoring students with Autism, ADHD and mental health issues.
I have experience working with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. These include anxiety issues, depression, interpersonal relationship issues, past trauma, childhood issues, bereavement and attachment/loss issues. OCD, panic attacks, anger issues, low confidence, self esteem issues and negative thinking and negative self concept. I enjoy my private work and my mentoring role. I have also counselled mums with their young babies present. As long as mum feels able to engage in the therapy process then I am happy to work with mum and baby in this way.
I also have a lot to offer parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or those who find themselves in a caring role. This can be a very demanding and challenging role and its common for the carer/parent to be at the back of the queue when it comes to getting their own needs met.
CPD - Continuing Professional Development
Working With Bereavement and Complex Grief - June 2020
How to do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer - May 2020
The Rewind Technique - April 2020
Moving Your Practice Online - April 2020
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Online Course - March 2020
Understanding and Working with Complex Trauma and PTSD - July 2019 Trauma, the Brain and Recovery - July 2019
Women and Girls on the Autistic Spectrum - NAS Training - February 2019
National Autistic Society Training - 5 modules Nov 2018 Understanding Autism Autism and Communication Autism and Sensory Experience Autism, Stress and Anxiety Autism: Supporting Families
Anxiety and Neuroscience Workshop - October 2018
Trauma in its Many Guises - Part 1 - June 2018
Understanding General Data Protection Regulations - April 2018 Jungian Dream Analysis Workshop - March 2018
Mental Health First Aid for Youths 2 Day Course - Nov 2016 Couples Dynamics 6 Month Course - April - Oct 2016
Mental Health First Aid 2 Day Course - March 2015
Mental Health First Aid Lite - Feb 2015
Attachment Theory from the Inside - Feb 2015
Transactional Analysis - Working Styles
Couples Counselling taster training day
Core Net training for IAPT
I have regular monthly Supervision and I also continue with my own personal therapy as part of my self-care routine. What I do is important to me so I always strive to take care of myself by practicing yoga regularly and I am part of a running and walking club so I run and take long walks regularly. This ensures I am offering my clients the best of me, which is no more than they deserve.
I have personal indemnity insurance with Oxygen Services and a full CRB.
I am a registered MBACP member and I adhere to the BACPs Code of Ethics and Practice.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
The initial assessment session costs £40 and lasts 60 minutes.
Thereafter each session costs £40 for 50 minutes. 1 hour sessions are £45.
Evening sessions after 5.30 p.m cost £45. Saturday sessions cost £45.
Couples assessments cost £50 and last 75 minutes.
Thereafter sessions cost £50 and last 1 hour. Sessions after 5.30 pm cost £55 and Saturday sessions cost £55
I offer counselling students a concessionary rate of £30.
I also offer concessions to students and those on a low income, though these are currently only available during the day. Please feel free to contact me with a view to discussing if this applies to you and check availability as I have limited spaces for reduced cost sessions. I do operate a waiting list.
Please be aware that whilst I offer telephone counselling, this is only in the event that a face to face session cannot take place and if there is a need for it. Please note this does not apply at this current time during the COVID-19 lock down. It would need to be a mutually agreed arrangement and is payable by you. However, it is in no way meant to replace a face to face counselling session.