Samantha McDonnellIntegrative counsellor
Are you struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, stress, addiction, abuse, loss, or relationships? I offer a warm and compassionate approach, drawing on a wide range of techniques and experience to help you find effective strategies to move forward. It’s my belief that spending time with an empathic, non-judgemental therapist, offers you the chance to feel truly seen and heard, perhaps for the first time, gaining insight into whatever brings you here. As a Humanistic therapist, I value our uniqueness as individuals and believe that we each have an innate capacity for healing and growth. I work with adults and offer both short-term and open-ended work, face-to-face, online or by telephone. I welcome clients from outside the UK who may wish to work online.
I have extensive experience of working with a diverse range of clients and issues, including LGBTQ+, those with personality disorders, PTSD/CPTSD, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, low self-esteem, and/or survivors of bullying, sexual, domestic or historical abuse.
My approach is holistic, incorporating Sensorimotor Psyhotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Trauma Therapy and Mindfulness, to treat the somatic, emotional and psychological elements of unresolved trauma. Such symptoms may lie deep within the body, often at an unconscious level, and which traditional talking therapies may fail to address.
As a former professional singer and teacher, I'm familiar with careers and situations requiring you to perform under pressure.
I understand that upsetting events, relationships or painful emotions may block self-belief in our ability to heal ourselves. Spending time with a compassionate therapist can help unlock inner resources, develop self-compassion, and so foster healthier relationships with ourselves and others.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
My fee is £85 per 50-minute session.
I currently have a 7am slot available for face-to-face sessions on Tuesdays, at The Awareness Centre in Clapham, London.
Training and qualifications
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from The Metanoia Institute.
I'm a Certified Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment Therapist (training with Janina Fisher), and also completed Levels 1 and 2 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Advanced Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for C-PTSD and Dissociative Disorders.
I've completed Internal Family Systems Levels 1 and 2.
Previously, I’ve trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild.
Additionally, I’ve undertaken professional development courses in personality disorders, early development, transgender issues and mindfulness.
I’m registered with the BACP and abide by their Codes of Ethics.