‘Hi, my name is Sami, thank you for vising my page. I am an integrative counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I feel passionately about the potential that counselling has to change lives and to help clients live in a way that is meaningful and fulfilling for them. Through my own experience with counselling, I know there is no single path when it comes to mental health and well-being – my style of counselling draws on many different theories, which enables me to best support the client as their needs and wants shift as therapy progresses. It also means I am able to draw from the experience and expertise of many theorists and therapists to best support you as a client.
You may be wondering what happens in counselling and if it’s right for you. Counselling provides a unique space for you to bring your true, authentic self to speak freely about issues that may be concerning you – without fear of judgement from your counsellor. You are the expert of your own life, counselling gives an opportunity to get to know yourself better, and explore parts of your life that may be leading to feeling ‘stuck’. By providing a supportive, caring and patient space, it allows for parts of the self that may be disconnected to emerge and be expressed. I have worked with clients with varying concerns, I have a particular interest in, and passion for, working with anxiety, self-esteem and self-acceptance.
Training, qualifications and experience
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am about to start a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I am committed to ongoing learning and growth to best support my clients and remain up-to-date with advancements in the counselling field. I hold a BSc in Psychology and Counselling, as well as a MSc in Health Psychology.
I have spent many years volunteering at the Zone with young people in Plymouth as a Youth Support Worker, advocating for young adults to access the right support, education and services; this role involves speaking openly about mental health, sexual health and sexuality, and encouraging empowerment in the client’s autonomy… something that is echoed in my counselling work. I have also volunteered with Devon Mind as a student counsellor with clients ranging in age between 18-70 with varying presenting concerns, such as depression, anxiety, feelings of grief, life stage changes and self-esteem concerns.