Sam McDonnell

Sam McDonnell

Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Certified Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment Therapist.

Professional Bodies: BACP

Special interest: Working holistically with mind and body to help resolve past trauma and developmental injury; LGBTQ+.

sam Mcdonnell - therapist

About Sam:

Sam offers a warm, inclusive and compassionate approach, drawing on her extensive training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Humanistic approaches, to help you live your life more fully in the present. Sam believes that each of us has a core Self with a natural capacity for growth and healing, allowing us to feel more integrated and whole, resilient and self-compassionate. Improving the relationship we have with ourselves, enables us to set healthy boundaries, increases self-esteem, and fosters healthier connections with others.

Also a Certified Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment (TIST) Therapist, Sam uses a holistic body-oriented approach to treat the somatic, emotional and psychological elements of unresolved trauma. Such symptoms may lie deep within the body, often at an unconscious level, and which traditional talking therapies may fail to address.

Sam has considerable experience working with LGBTQ+ and gender-diverse people, as well as those who may be questioning their identity. Alternatively, she’s willing to provide support to their parents and other family members.

Earlier in life Sam was a professional singer and teacher, which means she’s very familiar with careers and situations requiring you to perform under pressure.

In addition to her private practice, Sam has worked for NHS IAPT and trauma therapy specialist teams. She currently has an honorary psychotherapy post at The Maudsley Hospital, working on acute psychiatric in-patient wards.

During five years volunteering for Victim Support, Sam worked mainly with survivors of rape and domestic / sexual abuse.

Sam works with adults aged 18+.

Sam's key areas: 

  • Trauma
  • Sexual / Domestic Abuse (inc. Coercive Control)
  • Childhood or Historical Abuse
  • Dissociation
  • Bullying
  • Mood Disorders (inc. Bipolar)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • LGBTQ+, (inc. those questioning their identity)
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Depression