My Story

 

My journey to psychotherapy 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. 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 also published a book in February 2017 called “Sons and Daughters, A View to Understanding Transgender Issues” also available on Amazon Kindle.

I hold a masters degree in Psychotherapy, and UKCP accredited, MBACP registered and the founder of Samantha Carbon Therapy and founder of Baker Street Therapy – www.bakerstreettherapy.co.uk.

I offer counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment in a number of areas including: Shoreditch, Barbican, Ruislip, London Baker Street W1 .

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.

I practice Relational psychotherapy in Baker Street, City and Ruislip. I adapt my approach to suit each individual, ensuring that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of everything.  Clients gain a huge sense of relief from sharing what they have previously been trying to deal with on their own. As your therapist together we can explore and examine the past in the present,  which can welcome rather than fear the future.

So why me? I like people and I am genuinely curious about how people work, and why they think and do the things they do.  I strive to support people be the best version of themselves. When you are caught up in a difficult or a challenging crisis it can be hard to see things objectively and make significant decisions. My role is to offer you support, insight and the tools you may need to make sense of your situation.

People seek therapy when avenues for understanding themselves or moving forward come to a standstill. They make contact with me if they experience anxiety; loss, depression, bereavement, gender dysphoria, addictions. They may have lost touch with themselves; or have difficulty in relationships; or bruised from life events.  You are here if you are feeling pain, confusion, anger, shame, sadness or fear. As your therapist I will take the time to listen closely and together we can find entry points,  so that thoughts and feelings can surface safely and be acknowledged, along with angers being heard, disappointments being felt and anxieties unpicked.

I have worked with a variety of individuals and presenting problems and can support individuals to address the problem that is brought into the room. I will invite you to get to know more about your existing emotions and support you to talk about your feelings and what to do with them.

As a relational psychotherapist I support individuals to decrease stress, set appropriate goals, and make better choices.

If you are suffering from emotional distress or mental health issues contact me. You may want to take some time to review the past in order to make more satisfying choices in the present. Maybe you are struggling with confidence and a sense of self behind the roles and often necessary masks at work or in family life.

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, WPA.