Sammy Alattar

MBACP - Counselling & Psychotherapy
London EC1V & N16

About me

I offer a safe, confidential, empathetic and non-judgemental space for you to explore whatever you're struggling with, no matter how unmanageable, hard to grasp, irrational, unthinkable or unspeakable it may seem to you right now. Together we can shine a light on your troubles, to help you find a way through them.

What brings you to therapy may be more about what's missing in life rather than a particular issue. I will support you to locate what is absent for you, and to find purpose, meaning and fulfilment.

Though I work with many issues, I specialise in working with depression, anger, guilt, relationship/attachment issues, perfectionism, the legacy of narcissistic parents/partners, life transitions, lack of intimacy and existential concerns.

I'm also experienced in working with anxiety, shame, workplace issues, prejudice, family estrangement, intercultural partnership, lack of meaning, infidelity, social isolation and exclusion.

How I work and my background

I am a BACP-registered integrative counsellor.

Being "integrative" means I bring together a range of humanistic, psychodynamic, existential, somatic and cognitive approaches in my practice, enabling me to work from a variety of perspectives and tailor therapy to your individual, evolving needs.

My philosophy for practice is a bio-psycho-social-spiritual one. This means I consider biological, psychological, social (& economic) and spiritual factors to be interrelated and of equal importance in contributing to a person's psychological well-being. I believe gaining awareness of, giving attention to and focusing efforts on multiple factors simultaneously promotes deeper, longer-term, more sustainable and more resilient mental as well as physical health.

Before training as a counsellor I had an office-based career, as well as periods of working in a kitchen and as a musician, and I'm familiar with the challenges faced by those who are trying to make a living in similar situations. I am mixed-race, of British, Iraqi and Iranian heritage, and have lived experience of growing up in an intercultural environment.

Currently, I have availability for both open-ended and short-term psychotherapy, in-person at my practices by Old Street (EC1V), in Haggerston (E8) and Stoke Newington (N16).

Old Street location details

Address: Ongea, Unit B, Willen House, 8-26 Bath Street, London, EC1V 9DX

Nearest underground: Old Street Station (5 min walk)

Other underground stations in walking distance: Moorgate (14 min), Angel (15 min), Barbican (15 min), Shoreditch High Street (17 min), Liverpool Street (20 min), Farringdon (20 min) and Hoxton (20 min). 

Buses: 21, 43, 55, 76, 135, 141, 205, 214, 243, 271, 394

Haggerston location details

Address: HQ Therapy, 322c Kingsland Road, Dalston, London, E8 4DE

Nearest train station: Haggerston (3 min walk)

Other stations in walking distance: Dalston Junction (9 min), Dalston Kingsland (12 min), Hoxton (12 min), London Fields (18 min) and Essex Rd (20 min)

Buses: 149, 242, 243

Stoke Newington location details

Address: 1 Chesholm Rd, London N16 0DP

Nearest train station: Stoke Newington (12 min walk) / Rectory Road (12 min walk) 

Other stations in walking distance: Dalston Kingsland (18 min), Dalston Junction (20 min), Clapton (22 min) and Canonbury (24 min)

Buses: 21, 67, 73, 76, 141, 149, 236, 243, 341, 393, 476

On-street parking available.

Online work

I also offer a limited number of sessions online or by telephone. Please contact me for details.

How do we begin?

If you would like to explore working with me then the first step is to send me a message. I'll then contact you to introduce myself and together we can arrange a convenient time to speak on the phone or via Zoom/Skype/Whatsapp for approximately 15 minutes. This is an opportunity for us to get acquainted, to discuss the practical side of things and for you to ask any questions about me and the way I work, as well as for me to briefly hear what brings you to therapy.

Following our chat, if you would like to arrange a first session then we'll aim to meet at the earliest opportunity, probably that week or the following week. In this session it's important for you to get a sense of whether you can work with me before you commit to further sessions. We will talk about what you would like to get out of therapy and how I/it might help you.

If at the end of the session you have a feeling we are a good fit and would like to continue working together then we can agree to a regular, weekly meeting. If, on the other hand, you feel you'd be better matched with another therapist then I will gladly assist you in finding someone more suitable.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sammy

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and have been practising since Autumn 2019.

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPPD, BACP-accredited).

I have also attended further workshops in working with Suicide, Trauma, Eating Disorders, CBT, Eco Therapy and the Neuroscience of Attachment.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Guilt, shame, life transitions, lack of meaning, family estrangement, existential concerns, menopause, intercultural partnership, feelings of emptiness, narcissism, narcissistic parents & partners, difficult parental relationships, communication issues, conflict, lack of intimacy, affairs & betrayals, separation & divorce, apathy, mixed-race issues, negative thoughts, perfectionism, insomnia, prejudice, social exclusion, personal development

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Clients pay by bank transfer, Paypal or cash.

Some concession slots are available. Please enquire for details.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I have further availability for a small number of online or telephone-only sessions. Please enquire for details.

Further information

Sessions last for 50 minutes and take place weekly.

Ongea, Unit B
Willen House
8-26 Bath Street
London
EC1V 9DX

1 Chesholm Road
London
N16 0DP

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Sammy Alattar

Sammy Alattar