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Gill Sampson

London
Anxiety
Career
Insomnia
OCD
Stress
Trauma
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Me in a nutshell

I am an ex-historian and lawyer who has lived in New Zealand and Germany. For the past 17 years, I have been a psychotherapist with my own private practice in Central London. I love working with people from all backgrounds and cultures and am currently integrating my passion for crafting into my work with clients, particularly those suffering from anxiety.

One thing that continues to fascinate me about my work?

What enables people to make the changes they long for and what gets in the way of that and causes them to self-sabotage and get stuck.

The people who succeed most in therapy have...

A willingness to trust in the process, accept that real change may not happen quickly and the ability to stick with it and just keep showing up.

My specialities

  • Anxiety
  • Career
  • Insomnia
  • OCD
  • Stress
  • Trauma

I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.

My qualifications & experience

  • 17 years’ experience as a therapist in private practice, the NHS, Employee Assistance Programmes and Domestic Violence projects
  • 8 years’ higher education training in psychology and psychotherapy
  • Ex-City lawyer with a keen understanding of the stresses of corporate life
  • Extensive experience living abroad and working with clients from diverse, non-English backgrounds

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a more structured, goal-oriented approach to therapy. According to CBT, destructive behaviours result from unhealthy emotions, and unhealthy emotions stem from distorted patterns of thinking - for example, overgeneralising, catastrophising, magnifying negatives and minimising positives. CBT helps clients to identify and challenge these cognitive errors, to replace them with more realistic thoughts and to learn coping skills and practical strategies that minimise dysfunctional behaviour.

Existential Therapy

Existential Therapy focuses on our subjective way of being here and now and the unique meaning we give to our experiences. In this approach, there is no right or wrong way of being. Instead, it's important to realise the power and responsibility inherent in our choices, the freedom to make new ones and the need to face reality, rather than try to escape from it. Existential therapy explores our unique responses to universal questions like alienation, despair, meaninglessness and mortality, but its ultimate goal is to help us live with deeper awareness, authenticity, courage, presence and awe.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is considered especially effective in treating trauma in children, adolescents and adults. It relies on left-to-right brain stimulation, which happens as you move your eyes from side to side, or through alternating taps that you can feel. The theory is that trauma disrupts our brain’s ability to process information, so difficult experiences get trapped inside and fester. Improving the communication between the left and the right brain helps to unlock, process and resolve distressing memories.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is based on the Buddhist practice of focusing our attention on the present moment and responding to whatever is happening with acceptance, curiosity and openness. Mindfulness helps us learn to notice our thoughts and feelings without judging or identifying with them. In this way we can acknowledge and observe what's happening to us without reacting to it in self-destructive ways. Mindfulness helps us 'catch' ourselves before we get sucked down a rabbit hole of self-criticism and rumination. It has been found especially effective in the treatment of depression, stress and addiction relapse.

Fees

We will meet once a week for 50 min. I charge £70 per session for individuals and £90 per session for couples.