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Samuel Christmas

London, W1G 6JL
07480 043298 07480 043298

About me

General experience:

I am an experienced psychotherapist, registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a therapist, I work with a wide variety of emotional and psychological issues. I also work as a coach and personal consultant for those wishing to work on utilising their strengths and achieving their goals. My private practice is based in central London and Marylebone where I see individuals for both therapy and coaching.

I am an integrative therapist and have experience drawing on a variety of approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). I often integrate a combination of models as I believe each individual deserves a tailored approach based on their needs. I have experience working with a range of difficulties, having worked in a wide variety of services in the NHS. I have also worked in charities and hospitals, as well as private and corporate settings.

I am in the final stages of completing a professional doctorate in counselling psychology.

Therapeutic approach:

I offer a confidential and non-judgemental space in which to explore the difficulties that you are facing currently and have faced in the past. I encourage a collaborative relationship, in which we can work together towards your goals for therapy. I believe in providing a friendly and supportive environment to help you gain a greater understanding of yourself, navigate obstacles and facilitate change.

I have experience with a broad range of common difficulties including: low mood, depression, anxiety, stress, long-term health conditions, trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality difficulties, eating disorders, bereavement, relationship issues, low self-esteem, assertiveness difficulties, panic attacks and insomnia.

Specialist experience:

Tinnitus specialism

I have a particular interest in helping those who suffer with tinnitus. I primarily offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help alleviate the effects of this experience. I also work closely with: audiologists, audio vestibular therapists, ENT surgeons and otolaryngologists.

I also help individuals who suffer with issues arising from hearing related difficulties, including hearing loss, misophonia, phonophobia and hyperacusis. Additionally I work with distress that arises for those who suffer from vestibular migraine, vertigo and balance issues.

I have worked in a hearing and tinnitus clinic for 7 years, also gaining experience with specific tinnitus services in the NHS. I continue to work in a central London NHS Trust and in primary care services/GP surgeries across central London.

I have a keen interest in working with those who struggle to cope with the psychological effects of long-term physical health issues. I believe that everyone’s experience of chronic pain and discomfort can be explored and alleviated through therapy. My aim is to help individuals find ways to cope and live fulfilling lives alongside these difficulties.

Coaching experience:

With a background in recruitment and occupational development I am able to combine my psychological knowledge with coaching experience to help you focus on your ambitions. To fully optimise your wellbeing, I believe we can use proactive interventions and your unique strengths to overcome obstacles to your goals. I use solution focused and CBT based coaching to help you with career trajectory, workplace issues and unmet aspirations.

First Session, what you can expect:

Once we have made contact with each other, we will organise a time for an initial consultation. This will be an opportunity for you to talk openly about whatever is on your mind. We will use this as a chance to think about what might work best for your particular circumstances. You will be able to ask questions and then together, we will create a plan for our work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MBACP Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • MBPsS Graduate member of British Psychological Society.
  • Research Year of Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (University of East London).
  • BSc in Psychology (Durham University).

Research:

Clinical research:

  • Dissertation researching the correlation between autism spectrum disorder and facial recognition of emotions.
  • Assistance with large scale studies into tinnitus: how we experience tinnitus at a conscious level and data collection of mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural treatments.
  • Research into practitioner’s experience of supervision.

Coaching research:

  • Doctoral thesis researching the integration of therapy and coaching.

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

  • Tinnitus
  • Hyperacusis
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Phonophobia
  • Misophonia

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

Fees

My clinic is based in Marylebone, central London and is a short walk from public transport. The nearest tube stations are Regent's Park (5 minute walk), Baker Street (10 minute walk) or Great Portland Street (10 minute walk).

Parking is also available immediately outside the clinic or within Regent's Park (outside of the congestion zone).

I offer once weekly sessions from £80 per 50-minute session payable by bank transfer, debit card or cash, either prior to or at the appointment (all major cards accepted)

32 Devonshire Place
London
W1G 6JL

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

Samuel Christmas

Samuel Christmas