Dr Samantha Wren (Bps, HCPC reg)
Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is Samantha Wren and I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. I believe that counselling is based on trust and that trust is an integral part and at the heart of therapy.
How Counselling can help
Many people find that at some point in their lives they need extra support with the difficulties they are facing. You might feel as though you do not know where to turn, who to turn to or what to do with some of the feelings you are carrying. In my experience feelings of sadness, grief, loneliness, despair, anxiety and depression are just a few of the many reasons why some individuals seek therapy. Perhaps you feel confused by some of your behaviours or frustrated with patterns which seem to keep arising in some of your relationships. Counselling may help you develop insight in to some of these areas and gain a deeper understanding of your self and your life. Counselling will offer you an opportunity to talk about what is important to you and it may help you to increase your self awareness and think about your needs.
I do recognise and appreciate that making this decision and taking those initial first steps toward finding a therapist is not always easy and can be a daunting and unfamiliar process. However, as an integrative therapist I can offer you a safe, empathic, reliable and confidential space in a calming environment in which to explore some of your difficulties on a one to one basis. I can offer you brief, time limited therapy or long term sessions depending on your needs and what it is that you would like to achieve from therapy. Through providing you with an accepting and non-judgemental setting it is hoped that through our work together, you will be able to find a way forward that feels right for you. My work with clients is largely influenced by person centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches, but I will discuss with you what might best suit your needs at your initial therapy session. My way of working tends to involve making links between present difficulties and past experiences in order to make more sense as to what might be happening in the here and now. Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long and they are typically on a weekly basis.
What happens at an initial session
The first session is what I tend to call an assessment session. This is really just a conversation about what has led you to seek counselling at this time and an opportunity for me to get to know a little bit more about you. I will ask you some questions about your personal history as well as your current situation and this will help me to better understand your problem. This session will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions about counselling and to think about whether you will feel comfortable working with me and if it seems like a good match.
My background and experience
In terms of my background, I spent a number of years working with offenders in the criminal justice system, both in community and custodial settings. I have since worked with adolescent clients with mental health difficulties and adults in private practice. I have worked in a variety of different contexts including NHS GP surgeries, substance misuse services and outreach services for the elderly. I hold a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, a Masters in Health Psychology, an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and another undergraduate degree in Psychology. I also hold a postgraduate diploma in executive coaching and organisational management and can discuss with you any difficulties that you might be facing in the workplace. Below is a list of all the areas that I can potentially help you with.
If you would like any further information you can email me here.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, a Masters in Health Psychology, an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and another undergraduate degree in Psychology. I also hold a postgraduate diploma in executive coaching and organisational management and can discuss with you any difficulties that you might be facing in the workplace.
I am fully registered as a Chartered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care and Professionals Council (HCPC) and I am registered with the BPS.
- DBT - essential skills training
- The Human Givens practical masterclass in couples therapy training
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees – my fees start at £65 per session. The initial session will be an assessment session and will cost £45. All sessions thereafter will be £65. You can pay for your sessions by cash or cheque and I accept payment at the start of each. Please do be aware that you are not under any obligation to continue sessions with me after your assessment session if you decide that counselling is not for you.
I offer a reduced fee of £30 per session for counselling trainees.