My Story

 

My journey started after I no longer felt challenged in the corporate world I had known for over 25 years. After volunteering for Victim Support I felt motivated to make a difference and had always had a strong interest in psychologies so carved out a new career that complemented my people skills from being a lynchpin in the salesforce team on the trading floor, to supporting others in a new way. I had previously undertaken counselling at 28 after losing my mother as needed help getting through this difficult period in my life. At 39, I retrained and qualified as a UKCP Psychotherapist at the Metanoia Institute in London, one of the most renowned institutions in the world.

My successful women’s fiction book; ‘All That Glitters’, was published in 2010 and is still available on Amazon.

I hold a masters degree in Psychotherapy, am UKCP accredited, MBACP registered and the founder of Samantha Carbon Therapy.

I offer counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment in a number of areas including: Shoreditch, Barbican, Ruislip and Marylebone London

Psychotherapist London

Clients are able to gain a huge sense of relief from sharing what they have been trying to deal with on their own as they are encouraged to explore their past and present environments.

My Philosophy

“We are all work in progress”: I advocate the use of psychotherapy as an ‘ordinary’ investment in ourselves and our emotional wellbeing and believe that the American philosophy of people embracing therapist sessions as part of everyday life would be beneficial to us in the UK as it would challenge the prevailing British approach of maintaining a ‘stiff upper lip’. I am keen to encourage a new generation of counselling where people all take regular time out to learn more about themselves.

I practice Relational psychotherapy and adapt my approach to suit each individual, ensuring that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of everything. I believe that when two individuals, e.g. a therapist and client, are working towards a common goal and are both implicitly available in the therapeutic process then they can work together towards a course of action. Clients gain a huge sense of relief from sharing what they have previously been trying to deal with on their own and together we can explore the past and present.

I follow the Transactional Analysis philosophy which works on the basis that:

• People are born OK

• People having emotional, relational or other difficulties are nonetheless full, intelligent human beings

• We are responsible for our own experience

• Human behaviour is predictable

• All emotional problems are curable given adequate knowledge and the proper approach

• Change is possible

• People know what they need

Committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, I abide by the Code of Ethics of the BACP and UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Code of Ethics of the Metanoia Institute (MET) London. My professional background consists of academic work, counselling and supervised clinical experience.

 In working with an experienced psychotherapist/supervisor my work is reviewed. I view supervision as an ethical imperative to ensure that I protect clients along with improving my ability to safely practice.

Qualifications

I have undergone a great deal of training and have experience working across multiple cultures. My background in investment banking gives me an understanding of corporate pressures.

Qualifications gained at Metanoia Institute:-

• MSc Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy

• Certified Transactional Analyst with Psychotherapy Speciality (European Association for Transactional Analysis)

• Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy

• Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling

• Diploma in Clinical Supervision

• Practitioner Certificate: Working with Eating Disorders & Addictions

 Memberships

• UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists)

• IARTA (International Association of Relational Transactional Analysts)

• EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysts)

• UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis)

• Metanoia Institute

• BACP(British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) REGISTERED 077761

• Pink Therapy

• BAATN Organisation

I am an approved and recognised healthcare provider for AXA PPP and Aviva.