A private and professional space for you as an individual (16+), or as a couple.
Hi…………I’m Samantha, I’m a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and am passionate about Counselling and Psychotherapy because it can be positively life changing.
I provide warm, friendly, ethical and professional Counselling & Psychotherapy online and in person to teenagers 16+, adults and couples in Saltaire in Shipley, West Yorkshire.
I have over 22 years experience providing Psychotherapy & Counselling in North Bradford, Online Psychotherapy near Leeds to people of all genders, sexualities, cultures, backgrounds and different life experiences.
Not only am I very experienced, I’m also highly qualified, having a Masters Degree in Counselling to offer you. I’ve also recently trained in the most recent and up-to-date research and developments in counselling/psychotherapy including Neurobiology/Neuroscience and the treatment of Trauma, Anxiety/Depression, Chronic Pain and Addictions so I can help you more effectively.
Anxiety Management; learn to understand the cause, the effects on your brain and nervous system and how to manage the symptoms, leading to a happier life.
How I Can Help You
As an Online Psychotherapist near Leeds and Counsellor in Shipley, how I will help you will be a life long investment in your mental and physical health, both proven to be interlinked through the brain and nervous system.
Whether I’m working with you online or in person as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in Saltaire in Shipley, I will listen to you without judgement and with compassion, hearing about what brings you to me, about your current symptoms including life experiences in the present and also the past. This helps me understand the ‘whole’ of you, your thoughts, feelings including your physical self and why you experience what you do. I will link all this information I have learnt about you, to the knowledge I have studied and gained over the years so I can help you thoroughly and effectively.
As a child, our experiences with our parents/carers and our world affects how we feel and relate to others throughout the rest of our lives. Children have certain needs that need to be met by parents/carers to ensure they are healthy and rounded individuals in adulthood, for example, mostly emotionally and physically available parents providing a ‘secure base’ (seen, soothed, safe, secure).
Dependent on if and how much these needs were met, affect how we deal with experiences in adulthood as well as creating issues such as recurring relationship difficulties, some physical illnesses including chronic pain, anxiety, depression and addictions, to name a few. Anxiety (fear), for example, can go unnoticed until something occurs in adulthood (relationship issue, accident etc) causing increased physical symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, pains in arms, stomach upset for example. I can work with you to understand the cause of your difficulty, so it can be managed as well as resolved.
I’m really keen on what’s called Psychoeducation. This is where I will regularly share with you in our work together, any information or knowledge about your experiences and symptoms, to help you understand, manage and heal. I believe this way of working with you is empowering.
As an online Psychotherapist Leeds, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor Shipley, providing counselling in North Bradford, some symptoms I can help you with are:
Prior to my training, I began having my own long term therapy, which is really important. This in depth personal development, along with my qualifications, experience, being registered with BACP and monthly supervision, is really important in my ability to help you.
In 1999, my initial work experience began in the Voluntary Sector; The Womens Centre and Off The Record as well as working as a Staff Counsellor at Airedale Hospital in the NHS. I then remained in the NHS as a Groupwork facilitator at Lynfield Mount Hospital, helping people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder manage their symptoms, so they could live rather than exist.
From 2006,I began working in private practice as a counsellor in Shipley, providing counselling in North Bradford and more recently as an online Psychotherapist Leeds, and in 2013, I worked again in the NHS as a Staff Counsellor (counselling in Shipley), for Bradford District Care Trust, alongside my private practice (providing counselling in Shipley, psychotherapist near Leeds), where I provided up to 6 sessions for staff members. More recently in 2014-2015, I trained as a Clinical Supervisor, gaining a Diploma in Supervision, so being able to provide supervision to other Counsellors/Psychotherapists, which is a professional requirement for all practicing and professional therapists.
Professional Development (Additional Training)
Low confidence or self-esteem
Problems with addiction
Grief, loss or bereavement
“I have been working with Samantha on and off since 2014 – always picking up our sessions again when I hit a personal crisis or a crossroads in my life. Recently I started again, committed to challenging long-standing patterns of thought and behaviour while my life is in a good place. I cannot recommend her enough. She has helped me move from a very dark headspace to the strong woman I am today. And the lightbulbs in my head just keep coming. Invaluable.”
Jen, Bradford (2020)
“I really am so grateful for your help, it has literally changed my life!”
Ellie, Leeds (2019)
“I’d just like to thank you again for your guidance over the last few months. You’ve been so kind and patient with me and you’ve really helped me to understand myself and the reasons I feel the way I do. I think I’ve still got a way to go and thanks to you I feel I can build up the strength to react differently when faced with certain ‘triggers’.”
Sue, Bradford (2019)
“Many thanks for your help over the past couple of months. Those nine sessions have made a really big difference and I think it was money well spent.”
Stuart, Leeds (2019)
“Thank you Samantha, you have helped us in ways we couldn’t have imagined. We have a long road ahead but you have given us the tools to be able to recognise any changes before they escalate.”
G & D, Leeds (2018)
“You have helped me achieve a level of peace I would never have thought possible in a time this turbulent, and you are incredibly talented at what you do.”
“I feel so different to when I first came to you. I feel I’ve chosen one of the best out there.”
Tim, Bradford (2018)
“Thank you so much, it’s been worth every penny.”
Diane, Skipton (2016)
“I can’t remember if I ever told you, but thank you so much, I can’t tell you how much you helped me when I needed it.”
Adrian, Bradford (2016)
“I have passed on your details to a friend who is seeking a Psychotherapist in Bradford…. Thank you for your help when I saw you last year, I’m still doing well.”
Peter, Leeds (2015)
“I would recommend Sam anytime. She was really warm and friendly (and normal!!) and helped me gain clarity.”
Paul, Skipton (2014)