Dr Samantha Dewhurst

Counselling Psychologist

I am a Counselling Psychologist with more than 7 years of experience both within the NHS and private sectors working with a wide range of psychological challenges and client demographics. My integrative approach to therapy ensures that I am able to offer bespoke treatment plans based on an individual's requirements rather than offer a 'one-size fits all' approach. I draw on humanistic, cognitive behavioural (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapeutic perspectives depending on the needs and wishes of my clients. I provide an open, sensitive and confidential space where you will be met with warmth, respect and acceptance. This environment enables an exploration of issues or patterns of behaviour which may have been difficult to deal with alone.

Psychotherapy involves a confidential therapeutic relationship working through your concerns and towards your personal goals. We will try and work out the meaning and together we will develop personal solutions and resources to alleviate any discomfort and distress.

Therapy can be helpful for:

  • Those wanting to understand the causes and the maintenance of their problems.

  • Thinking about where you are in your life and how you wish to move forward.

  • Exploring relationships (intimate, family, work).

  • Managing general life stressors.

This may involve:

  • Developing a more compassionate relationship to yourself.

  • An increased ability to make connections between experiences, emotions, memories, ideas, desires and dream material.

  • Increased creativity, spontaneity and flexibility.

  • Greater impulse control, patience and tolerance.

  • A release from the past, opening up new possibilities.

  • The ability to mourn what is lost, or may not have been.

I provide a complimentary 15-minute phone call to listen to your current concerns and how I could help you. We will discuss how my approach could support you through this concern and provide you with further information about the service. If we believe I am able to help, and you’re happy and comfortable to start therapy, I then invite you for your initial consultation.

In the first appointment, we will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties. I will ask about current problems, as well as other areas of life, such as family history, work history, relationship history, health issues, etc. We will then begin to develop an in-depth understanding of your difficulties. This is usually face-to-face therapy; however, I can offer online therapy over video conferencing (Skype).

My training has been conducted at universities renowned for their innovative schools of psychology, The Open University, City London University and University of Surrey. As part of my continuing professional development, I have completed courses on, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Panic and Social Anxiety and Complex Case Formulation.

I have worked in various settings including secondary care and inpatient services in the NHS, a bereavement service, and education providers. My experience ranges from working with older adults to child psychotherapy, with clients experiencing a variety of psychological difficulties. I work with people experiencing difficulties such as: depression; OCD; relationship difficulties; stress resulting from work and other pressures; bereavement; low self-esteem; and a range of anxiety problems, such as panic, health anxiety, social anxiety and PTSD.