- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
Sam is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the NHS since 2012. He is lead psychologist for staff wellbeing in the emergency department at a major London hospital, and also works in a psychological therapy service for adults with complex mental health problems.
A warm, curious, and compassionate clinician, Sam believes that psychological problems usually arise because difficult things happen in people's lives, not because something is "wrong" with them. He approaches therapy as a joint endeavour, where the goal is to help people connect with their innate strengths and capacities to bring about positive change.
Sam is experienced in supporting people who have struggled with depression, anxiety, work-related stress, relationship difficulties, and who have suffered trauma and abuse. He particularly values Compassion-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment, and Solution-Focused models of therapy, and has undertaken additional specialist training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Narrative Exposure Therapy for complex trauma.
In addition to his NHS and private work, Sam provides consultation and training for The Listening Place (TLP), a volunteer-led charity offering support to people in suicidal crisis. He is also a member of the British Red Cross Psychosocial Support Team, working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide a rapid response to traumatic events overseas, including terrorist incidents, natural disasters, and major accidents.
Sam came to clinical practice following a career in the policy and academic worlds. After a PhD in social psychology he worked for a leading think-tank and held a number of academic posts,
publishing widely on the psychology of happiness and wellbeing. Although now a full-time clinician, he remains active in research. Recently, for example, he explored the relationship between financial debt and depression as part of a large multi-centre randomised trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research. He also currently chairs the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology subcommittee on Public Health and Prevention.
Areas of interest
PTSD and Complex PTSD
Identity and sexuality
- Balanced Minds Ltd.
- Balanced Minds The Canonbury Clinic 265 Upper Street London N1 2UQ
Current NHS consultant posts held
Lead Psychologist for Staff Health and Wellbeing - Emergency and Acute Medicine, St Thomas's Hospital, London
Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Integrative Therapy Team, Newham Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Service
Public mental health and prevention
Trauma and emergency response
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- Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) University of East London 2015
- MA University of Sheffield 2000
- MA St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge 1999
- PhD in Psychology Royal Holloway, University of London 2005
- Group facilitation Cruse Bereavement Counselling 2012
- Motivational Interviewing MINT 2017
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Psychwire 2018
- Clinical supervision North Thames Clinical Psychology training programmes 2017
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy BRIEF 2016
- ACT for trauma Russ Harris 2018
- Couples as parents and parents as couples Tavistock Centre 2018
- Narrative Exposure Therapy for complex trauma Vivo International 2015
- EMDR Pts 1-3 Richman Training 2020
- Solihull Approach for working with children and families First Steps Hackney 2014
- CBT groups for childhood trauma Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre 2019
Affiliations / memberships
Registered Clinical Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (reg. no. PYL 32278)
Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) and Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), British Psychological Society
Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)