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Samantha McDonnell


Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Available face-to-face, online or by telephone

I offer both short and long-term counselling for adults. Free initial 15-minute telephone consultation. Reduced rates are available.

Are you struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, loss, relationships or trauma? I offer a warm, inclusive and compassionate approach. I draw on a wide range of techniques & experience to help you find effective strategies to move forward.

Approach

As a Humanistic counsellor, I believe that the answers we search for lie within us and that we each have a natural capacity for growth. Sometimes, however, upsetting events or painful emotions block self-belief in our ability to heal ourselves.

Spending time with an empathic and non-judgemental therapist offers a safe space in which to feel truly seen and heard, gaining insight into whatever’s troubling you. The aim is to unlock inner resources and help develop self-compassion, which in turn fosters healthier relationships with ourselves and others.

About Me

I have extensive experience of working with a diverse range of clients:
I support adults suffering from stress and low self-esteem that are interfering with their life, and/or survivors of bullying, sexual, domestic or historical abuse.

I work with clients with personality disorders, PTSD / CPTSD, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD, both within the NHS and private sectors.
Both professionally and personally, I have considerable experience with LGBTQ and gender-diverse people, as well as those who may be questioning their identity. I’m particularly keen to encourage parents who are uneasy or struggling to accept their child’s questioned or identified gender, to seek counselling.

I have a particular interest in working with unresolved past trauma, addressing its combined effects on mind and body. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Somatic Trauma Therapy offer gentle, trauma-informed approaches, which focus on your ability to self-care and regulate your emotions. Combining these with Mindfulness frees you to live your life and find greater fulfilment in the present.
Earlier in life I was a professional singer and teacher, which means that I’m familiar with careers and situations requiring you to perform under pressure.

In addition to private practice, I’m part of the NHS East London Integrative Therapy Team and hold an honorary psychotherapy post at The Maudsley. During five years volunteering for Victim Support, I worked mainly with survivors of rape and domestic/sexual abuse.

Qualifications and Ethical Codes of Conduct

I hold a postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from The Metanoia Institute, as part of the Masters’ degree in Psychotherapy I’m completing.
I’ve trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy and Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Additionally, I’ve undertaken professional development courses in personality disorders, early development, transgender issues and mindfulness.

I’m registered with both the UKCP and BACP and abide by their codes of ethics.

Fees

£65 per 50-minute session. Reduced rates are available for frontline workers, students or those on low income or in financial need.

I offer a free 15-minute initial telephone consultation.



Samantha McDonnell


Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Available face-to-face, online or by telephone

I offer both short and long-term counselling for adults. Free initial 15-minute telephone consultation. Reduced rates are available.

Are you struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, loss, relationships or trauma? I offer a warm, inclusive and compassionate approach. I draw on a wide range of techniques & experience to help you find effective strategies to move forward.

Approach

As a Humanistic counsellor, I believe that the answers we search for lie within us and that we each have a natural capacity for growth. Sometimes, however, upsetting events or painful emotions block self-belief in our ability to heal ourselves.

Spending time with an empathic and non-judgemental therapist offers a safe space in which to feel truly seen and heard, gaining insight into whatever’s troubling you. The aim is to unlock inner resources and help develop self-compassion, which in turn fosters healthier relationships with ourselves and others.

About Me

I have extensive experience of working with a diverse range of clients:
I support adults suffering from stress and low self-esteem that are interfering with their life, and/or survivors of bullying, sexual, domestic or historical abuse.

I work with clients with personality disorders, PTSD / CPTSD, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD, both within the NHS and private sectors.
Both professionally and personally, I have considerable experience with LGBTQ and gender-diverse people, as well as those who may be questioning their identity. I’m particularly keen to encourage parents who are uneasy or struggling to accept their child’s questioned or identified gender, to seek counselling.

I have a particular interest in working with unresolved past trauma, addressing its combined effects on mind and body. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Somatic Trauma Therapy offer gentle, trauma-informed approaches, which focus on your ability to self-care and regulate your emotions. Combining these with Mindfulness frees you to live your life and find greater fulfilment in the present.
Earlier in life I was a professional singer and teacher, which means that I’m familiar with careers and situations requiring you to perform under pressure.

In addition to private practice, I’m part of the NHS East London Integrative Therapy Team and hold an honorary psychotherapy post at The Maudsley. During five years volunteering for Victim Support, I worked mainly with survivors of rape and domestic/sexual abuse.

Qualifications and Ethical Codes of Conduct

I hold a postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from The Metanoia Institute, as part of the Masters’ degree in Psychotherapy I’m completing.
I’ve trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy and Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Additionally, I’ve undertaken professional development courses in personality disorders, early development, transgender issues and mindfulness.

I’m registered with both the UKCP and BACP and abide by their codes of ethics.

Fees

£65 per 50-minute session. Reduced rates are available for frontline workers, students or those on low income or in financial need.

I offer a free 15-minute initial telephone consultation.


BACP UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy


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