About Sam Shilton

I am a qualified counsellor who practices psychodynamic counselling.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), working in the Warwickshire area.

I believe that our past experiences in our childhood and adulthood years are the roots of how we feel, think and behave in our present day lives. I adhere to the BACP ethical framework for good practice and professional code of conduct procedure. I am committed to a confidential, non -judgemental and respectful approach, showing empathy, competence and sincerity whilst supporting you in finding your way through life changes.

Psychodynamic counselling helps people review emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and their present-day problems to identify patterns they have developed over time. Recognising recurring patterns helps people see the ways in which they avoid distress or develop defence mechanisms as a way of coping so that they can take steps to change these patterns.

Psychodynamic Counselling works by bringing the unconscious thoughts and feelings to the surface. There is an emphasis on the influence of the past, and on recurring patterns of relationships. A difficult and painful situation in the present may have its roots in the past but the individual may not be aware of the connection.

During our counselling sessions we may consider your current difficulties in the context of past influences and experiences, exploring your childhood, significant relationships, beliefs and responses. You may be able to recognise more choices available to you in order to make changes now and in the future.

My approach to counselling is to allow people the freedom to talk and to help assist people with their self-awareness which in turns helps them to become more aware of themselves and how they feel about other people and the world in general around them.

I have gained my counselling experience practicing in local community organisations and I also work closely with the addiction support services in Warwickshire.

I also have a professional and personal interest in addiction, including drugs, alcohol and gambling.

Qualifications

    • Certificate in Counselling Concepts
    • Certificate in Counselling Skills (Person Centred)
    • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic)
    • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Skills
    • Foundation Degree in Counselling
    • Certificate in Counselling Children