Samantha McMillan’s aim is to provide a safe, warm and non-judgmental space for her clients. She believes the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the biggest indicator of any positive therapy outcome. She accepts and welcomes her clients with unconditional positive regard, bringing within the process empathy and understanding to her client’s difficulties.
Sam works in an integrative approach. She draws upon person-centred techniques to facilitate her client’s growth; psychodynamic theory to gain a clearer understanding of issues from formative years and CBT to help identify and work through thought, behaviour and emotional patterns that may be creating internal conflict. She views each individual client as unique and as an expert in his or her own life story. To this end, she works with her clients in a collaborative way, by creating an individual tailored approach to help process difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions within the healing process; so her clients can begin to feel happier and with renewed energy to meet their full potential and wellbeing.
Sam comes from a corporate background, where working at senior level has a provided her with good understanding of workplace stress and the affect it can have on health and relationships outside of work. In addition to workplace stress and anxiety, she has an interest in self – esteem issues especially around those associated with appearance. Her training has included make up artistry and specialist skin-camouflage artistry for those with skin trauma.
Sam is a member of the BACP and is currently completing a BSc degree in counselling. She works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service in Wandsworth.