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About Samantha

I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP.  My training is in Humanistic Counselling with my core theory based in Person-Centred.  However, I like to use a variety of different modalities with my clients to meet their individual needs.  This may include Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

In my experience of working with clients from all walks of life, I constantly see how effective it is to talk to someone who can fully hear you, and empathise with you, without judging or shaming you. 


I also believe in the healing nature of counselling having personally experienced it first hand as a client.  This is why I believe it is important to find 'the right fit' for you when it comes to finding a counsellor that you feel comfortable with.  By providing some background about myself helps me remain transparent with my clients as I believe life experience is just as important as academic qualifications in forming a therapeutic relationship.


Whilst running my own private practice, I also volunteer as a counsellor with a homeless charity supporting their clients; some who have been involved in the criminal justice system due to struggles with addictions, some who have experienced trauma and others with complex mental health issues.


I have also been a Support Worker over the years in several addiction services and criminal justice supporting clients with alcohol and substance misuse, complex mental health including anxiety and depression, BPD, EUPD, ADHD and paranoia, suicidal thoughts and self-harm. During this time I undertook intensive training in Suicide Intervention and Self-Harm.  I am trained to also offer psycho-social and educational support in these areas which I integrate within counselling when needed. 


As well as being a counsellor, I also work within a secondary school in the Special Educational Needs Team. I am trained and used to working with students with diagnosed ADHD, ADD and ASD, Sensory Disorders, Disabilities, Depression and Anxiety.  During this time I have trained to be a MIND EHFA Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Previously I have volunteered as a Mediator for Neighbourhood Disputes for Medway Mediation Services after completing my mediation training.  Also, I have professional and personal experience working with the blind and visually impaired.

 
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Qualifications

Diploma in Theraputic Counselling (Humanistic) Person Centred  - CPCAB  L4


Certificate in Counselling Studies - CPCAB L3

Mediation for Neighbourhood Disputes

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - (Diploma) - currently studying

 

Continuous Personal Development (CPD)

As part of my BACP Membership I regularly undertake CPD to enhance my skills to support my clients needs.

  • Assist Suicide Intervention

  • MIND MHFA Youth Mental Health First Aider

  • Counselling Clients in Substance Misuse

  • Gambling Awareness

  • Working with Self-Harm

  • Polyvagal Theory (Trauma)

  • Counselling Autistic Clients

  • Counselling ADHD Clients

  • Working with Bereavement and Complex Grief

  • Working with Challenging Behaviour

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Young Children

  • PREVENT

 

My Credentials



I am committed to open and transparent clinical practice that I work ethically and professionally.

BACP Registered Member

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Enhanced Disclosure for both Vulnerable Adults and also Young People and Children

Professional Indemnity Counselling Insurance

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Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

Registration No:   ZB254023