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Sam McManus


4 - 18+

Independent Schools Specialist

About Me

My name is Sam McManus I am an accredited humanistic counsellor based in London with over 15 years counselling experience working with children and young people.

I have a strong connection with the Independent Schools sector, collaborating with institutions like Latmyer Prep School, Latymer Upper School, Kensington Prep School, and Connaught House School.

Within Independent Schools, my support extends not just to the students but also to the dedicated educators. I provide bespoke guidance to teaching staff, helping them better understand and address the diverse emotional needs of their students. With a stronger grasp of these pastoral intricacies, educators can more effectively foster a nurturing and understanding environment for every pupil.

For parents, navigating their child’s emotional landscape can sometimes feel like uncharted territory. Beyond understanding, it’s about ensuring they have the right tools and knowledge to respond effectively. I work closely with parents, offering insights into their children’s unique emotional needs and behaviours. Every discussion and intervention is anchored in strict confidentiality, ensuring your child’s well-being and privacy remain paramount. By facilitating open communication, suggesting practical strategies, and sharing relevant resources, I assist families in providing the most nurturing environment possible for their child. And when a situation requires it, I guide parents towards more specialised forms of support, ensuring they’re never alone on their journey.

As a counsellor, I believe in the importance of creating a safe space to help young people understand which barriers are present and might be inhibiting their personal growth. I work in a non-directive, person-centred way, focussing on the relationship between counsellor and client with an abundance of patience and care. I am here to support and empower young people as they face the natural ebbs and flows of life, helping them to take charge of the changes that they may need.   

For further information about the way I work, my qualifications and how much I charge, please click this link below: 


School Counselling Service

I have created a number of in-school counselling services and offer this service to a select number of independent schools. This always needs to be negotiated with the school prior to any sessions taking place but is especially useful for Prep school pupils aged between 5 - 11 years old who may benefit from face-to-face support. 

This service is term time only and is reviewed at the end of each term.  


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School Drop-in Service

I offer a term time drop-in service for pupils at school. This operates on a weekly basis and works in conjunction with the school.

This service is about offering intermittent support for pupils who may only need one or two sessions, when it is needed. For longer term support they can be referred on for weekly sessions at school.


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Online Counselling

I can offer online counselling sessions through either Zoom, Face-Time or Google Meets. Although different from counselling in-person, this is a proven and effective way of supporting young people to cope with change, especially pertinent during these uncertain times.

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