Samantha Summerscales

Dip Couns, MBACP

Town: Hastings  (View Map)

Postcode: TN34 2NH

Phone: 07925 022145



Counselling in Hastings

My name is Samantha (Sam) and I have a private practice in Hastings. I worked with a local charity for 5 years as a counsellor and ran well-being groups. I work with clients who have a broad range of issues including anger, bereavement, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulites, abuse, trauma, self-esteem and childhood issues. I work with individuals and young adults.

As you read through this page, you will discover more about me and how I work. My aim is to give you enough information to help you decide if you would like to take the next step and contact me – whether it’s for an informal chat or to arrange an initial assessment appointment (I offer a  half-hour assessment appointment free of charge).

Sometimes we experience our lives as difficult, having problems or being unhappy. Whether you are struggling with past, present or future worries, counselling can be a helping hand in finding a way forward. Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk things through with someone who is objective and non-judgemental. 

As a qualified counsellor I am trained to help you recognise and unravel what is going on for you.  I can offer a safe, supportive and confidential space in which to explore what is troubling you.

I trained at the Wealden College of Counselling and Psychotherapy on their British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) accredited Diploma in Counselling Course and was awarded a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. I continue to attend further training to keep my skills up to date and to be able to best help clients.

As a humanistic integrative counsellor, I believe that the client and counsellor working relationship is at the heart of successful therapy: built through warmth, trust and openness.

 I believe that we are born inherently good and strive to grow in a positive direction. However, life’s experiences and circumstances can sometimes hinder that ability and have a negative impact on how we think, feel and behave. This view is also known as humanistic. 

The Integrative approach to counselling means I am able to draw on different models of counselling and psychotherapy, for example, Person-Centred therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt. For further information on these counselling models please visit  Although we can have similar experiences e.g. anxiety, relationship difficulties, abuse etc, we all cope and react in our own unique way. So my way of working with each client is as different and unique as the person themselves.

Previously, I have worked for a national bereavement charity and hold a certificate in bereavement counselling. I also hold a mentoring qualification and have worked as a volunteer mentor for young people at the Prince’s Trust and with a charity for single parents.

I am a fully registered member of the BACP and I work to their code of practice and ethics.  I hold professional insurance.

And finally, I understand how the thought of coming to counselling could seem daunting, so please feel free to contact me for more information or to discuss your situation further.

Some of the issues I work with are;

  • anger
  • anxiety
  • abuse
  • bullying
  • childhood issues
  • communication
  • depression
  • domestic violence
  • feelings of panic
  • family issues
  • loss/bereavement
  • loneliness
  • low self-esteem and confidence
  • relationship breakdown
  • self-harm
  • social anxiety and shyness
  • stress
  • trauma
  • work-related issues.



I offer the initial assessment session is free of charge (30 minutes); thereafter each counselling session (50 minutes) is £40. I can offer appointments during the day and evening.

Additional information:

If you drive there is plenty of on-street, unrestricted parking. I am also a 5-10min walk from a bus stop.

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