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. I have a particular interest in relieving the combined effects on mind and body of unresolved trauma.
My approach is Humanistic Integrative, meaning I don't subscribe to a 'one size fits all' approach but can be flexible, adapting to your needs. I also incorporate Sensorimotor, Somatic Trauma Therapy and Mindfulness techniques in my work, which I find to be particularly effective for managing anxiety and post-traumatic stress. In addition, 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.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
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My fee is £80 per 50-minute session.
Please note I have limited availability.
Training and qualifications
In addition to private practice, I've worked with the NHS East London Integrative Therapy Team and will shortly be taking up 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.
I hold a postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from The Metanoia Institute, as part of the Masters in Psychotherapy I’m completing.
I’ve trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for C-PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. I'm currently working towards Certification in Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment with Janina Fisher, whilst completing Level 2 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Additionally, I’ve undertaken professional development courses in personality disorders, early development, transgender issues and Mindful Self-Compassion.
I’m registered with both the and and abide by their codes of ethics.