Dr Samara Lewis - MSc Psychotherapy, PGDip,UKCP, MUPCA (accred),MBACP
I have a masters degree in psychotherapy from Brighton University which I completed whilst working for a counselling charity in Hove. Prior to training as a psychotherapist I worked as a clinician in the NHS where I provided emotional support to individuals under stress from a wide range of social, physical and mental health issues. I am a practicing registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), an accredited member of the UPCA and UKCP clinical psychotherapist. I am fully insured and undergo regular professional supervision.
I work in an integrated style that is psychodynamically based and tailored for each client's needs. I also draw on other influences such as cognitive behavioural therapy and the systemic approach.
As a therapist I am warm, non-judgmental, calm and understanding. I have a lifelong interest in ethics and offer a confidential space for you to discuss whatever is on your mind. I practice under the code of ethics of both the BACP and the UKCP.
What you can expect
Current research emphasises that the most important predictive factor for successful therapy is the quality of the relationship you form with your counsellor. Bearing this in mind I suggest that we have an assessment session to see how well we work together before committing to ongoing sessions. I am also happy to offer a free telephone discussion prior to this first session.
At our initial meetings I will ask you questions to get a picture of where you fit into your world and what has lead you to seek therapy. With time I offer an approach which is a mix of both psychoeduation and exploration. As therapy is a collaborative venture, I am very much lead by your specific requirements.
I suggest that we have weekly session at the same time and same place. The length of counselling can be anything from a few sessions to help with a specific issue to longer term open ended work. We can regularly review how long you wish to stay in therapy as our sessions progress.
How therapy works
The key to a successful therapy is the relationship with your therapist. The relationship is unique in that it is boundaried, confidential and empathic. At times we all can be overwhelmed by strong emotions, at these times the therapist's role is to help you make sense of these emotions and decrease the anxiety associated with them. The therapist can also help make sense of your past and disentangle it from the present. In doing this you can then have the chance of a new perspective on life and the option to make different future choices or feel more at peace with where you currently are. The aim is to increase your feeling of being in control of your own life and enable a sense possibility.
I find CBT especially useful for issues around anxiety. Looking at the relationship between physical sensations, emotions, thought and behaviours I can demystify the process of ‘fight and flight’ and give you techniques to expand your daily repertoire.
This approach looks at the individual in the context of bigger systems such as their family and society. It explores how issues within the family can exert a pressure on the individual's mental health. I find systemic theory useful at times of family life-cycle transition such as leaving home, having children, the empty-nest and retirement.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Psychotherapy
- PGDip Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
- BA (Hons) Cantab
- MBChB Parts I & II
- Archaeology & Anthropology Part II
I trained at the Rock Clinic in Hove whilst studying for my PGDip in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
I then undertook further training in CBT and Systemics as part of my masters degree in psychotherapy.
I undergo regular ongoing training as part of my professional development.
I have 14 years of experience of providing emotional support as a clinician within the NHS before retraining as a psychotherapist.
I am currently working at The Rock Clinic in Hove as a psychodynamic therapist as well as seeing private clients in both Brighton and Hove.
I have particular experience in treating anxiety and depression,the aftermath of trauma and abuse, relationship problems and loss.
I also have a particular interest in the challenges posed by life-cycle challenges such as ageing parents, the empty nest and retirement.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £45 for each session.
I do offer some concessionary rates for students and low-income clients. If you feel you fall into this category , please let me know.
Each therapy session lasts 50 mins.
I usually recommend that we meet weekly.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client