Samantha McDonnell’s approach is empathic and non-judgemental. She aims to create a safe environment where her clients can feel truly accepted for who they are, whatever they might bring to therapy. She is genuine, trustworthy, compassionate and willing to validate clients’ feelings. Samantha uses a humanistic, integrative and client-centred framework, drawing on a range of methods to best fit the unique needs of the individual. She doesn’t analyse and direct her clients or follow a one-size-fits-all process, but instead aims to enable them to deal with painful memories and to empower them to make difficult decisions for themselves. Her belief is that, with the right help, all of us have within us the ability to realise our potential and find contentment.
Samantha’s first career was as a classical singer and teacher, and she maintains her passion for the arts. Through her professional training and work, she is familiar with how to adopt healthy approaches to managing nerves, anxiety and stress in tense environments. Her background helps her collaborate with clients to find creative ways to adjust to their situation. More recently, she has worked for a number of years as a case worker at Victim Support: she has a particular interest in trauma, and has specialised in historical abuse, rape, domestic violence and homicide, with experience in family, relationships, LGBTQ, mental health, PTSD and personality disorders.
Originally from Scotland, Samantha is currently studying for a Masters in Humanistic Psychotherapy and is a member of the BACP and UKCP. She works as a counsellor in a Lambeth GP surgery for the NHS IAPT service.