Sammy Alattar

Sammy Alattar


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

Contact information

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Therapist - London

London EC1V
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I am currently available for in-person or online therapy at the following times:

Tuesdays 5pm-10pm

Wednesdays 3pm-10pm

Thursdays 10am-4pm

I also offer a small number of online-only slots at other times in the week. Please enquire for details.

About me and my therapy practice

I offer a safe, confidential, empathetic and non-judgemental space for you to explore whatever you're struggling with, no matter how unmanageable, hard to grasp, irrational, unthinkable or unspeakable it may seem to you right now. Together we can shine a light on your troubles, to help you find a way through them.

What brings you to therapy may be more about what's missing in life rather than a particular issue. I will support you to locate what is absent for you, and to find purpose, meaning and fulfilment.

Though I work with many issues, I specialise in working with depression, anger, guilt, relationship/attachment issues, perfectionism, the legacy of narcissistic parents/partners, life transitions, lack of intimacy and existential concerns.

I'm also experienced in working with anxiety, shame, workplace issues, prejudice, family estrangement, intercultural partnership, lack of meaning, infidelity, social isolation and exclusion.

Practice description

I am a BACP-registered integrative counsellor.

Being "integrative" means I bring together a range of humanistic, psychodynamic, existential, somatic and cognitive approaches in my practice, enabling me to work from a variety of perspectives and tailor therapy to clients' individual, evolving needs.

My philosophy for practice is a bio-psycho-social-spiritual one. This means I consider biological, psychological, social (& economic) and spiritual factors to be interrelated and of equal importance in contributing to a person's psychological well-being. I believe gaining awareness of, giving attention to and focusing efforts on multiple factors simultaneously promotes deeper, longer-term, more sustainable and more resilient mental as well as physical health.

Before training as a counsellor I had an office-based career, as well as periods of working in a kitchen and as a musician, and I'm familiar with the challenges faced by those who are trying to make a living in similar situations. I am mixed-race, of British and Iraqi heritage, and have lived experience of growing up in an intercultural environment.

Currently, I have availability for both open-ended and short-term psychotherapy, in-person at my practices by Old Street (EC1V) and in Stoke Newington (N16).

Old Street

Tube/Train: Old Street (5 min walk), Moorgate (14 min), Angel (15 min), Barbican (15 min), Shoreditch High Street (17 min), Liverpool Street (20 min), Farringdon (20 min) & Hoxton (20 min)

Buses: 21, 43, 55, 76, 135, 141, 205, 214, 243, 271, 394

Stoke Newington

Train: Stoke Newington (12 min walk), Rectory Road (12 min), Dalston Kingsland (18 min), Dalston Junction (20 min), Clapton (22 min) & Canonbury (24 min)

Buses: 21, 67, 73, 76, 141, 149, 236, 243, 341, 393, 476

On-street parking available

Online work

I also offer a limited number of sessions online.

My first session

If you would like to explore working with me then the first step is to send me a message. I'll then contact you to introduce myself and together we can arrange a convenient time to speak on the phone or via Zoom/Skype/Whatsapp for approximately 15 minutes. This is an opportunity for us to discuss the practical side of things and for you to ask any questions about me and the way I work, as well as for me to briefly hear what brings you to therapy.

Following our chat, if you would like to arrange a first session then we'll aim to meet at the earliest opportunity, probably that week or the following week. In this session it's important for you to get a sense of whether you can work with me before you commit to further sessions. We will talk about what you would like to get out of therapy and how I/it might help you.

If at the end of the session you have a feeling we are a good fit and would like to continue working together then we can agree to a regular, weekly meeting. If, on the other hand, you feel you'd be better matched with another therapist then I will gladly assist you in finding someone more suitable.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sammy

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling