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  • 2012/15 University of Nottingham - MA Humanistic Counselling Practice

  • 2011 University of Toronto - Certificate in Cyber Counselling

  • 2011 University of Nottingham - Robert Peers Prize for achievements in counselling.

  • 2007/10 University of Nottingham - BA Humanistic Counselling Practice (First Class Honours)

  • 2007/8 University of Nottingham - Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Practice (Distinction)

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Sam McManus,
BA (Hons), MA, MNCS (Accred), MBACP  

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Who I am:

My name is Sam and I am based in West London. I am a specialist in supporting children and young people through the Independent Schools system

I am an accredited Humanistic Counsellor with over 12 years of experience working with children and young people from 7 - 18+. I use a person-centred/solution-focused approach which works with the needs of my clients in a non-direct, unconditional and empathic way. I am fundamentally a human being first, here to help others to connect and accept the imperfections of being human too.   

What I do: 

I specialise in supporting children and young people's emotional and mental health/well-being within the Independent School sector. 


I have been working as a counsellor at Latymer Prep School and Latymer Upper School for the past 5 years. During this time I have understood the acute pressures that this particular cohort face on a daily basis. Over the years, I have developed different creative ways to support individuals to cope and to take control of what they need. The pressures that young people face today are many, ranging from anxiety, depression, perfectionism and an existential dread of the future to name but a few. These issues are all too prevalent and can be addressed by talking to a third party in a confidential, safe setting. I hold these boundaries to help the client to grow into their fully-functioning self.      

(Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, I am mainly working online with students until restrictions are eased).    

How I work: 

As a Humanistic counsellor I work in a holistic, non-directive, person-centred way, focussing on the relationship between counsellor and client, helping them to find solutions to barriers in their lives. I believe that this relationship is key, helping to support the young person and further empowering them to grow into to their fullest selves and to take control of what they need. 

I work by creating a safe space to allow the young person to express their true authentic selves in the here and now. This helps them to understand which barriers are present to their growth and to support and enable them in taking steps to make positive changes. 


This process is taking things one step at a time, helping the young person to be aware and in control of each moment, giving them the autonomy to make changes. I can therefore work short term or long term depending on the needs of the young person (please note that I only work with young people privately when parental consent has been obtained).     

I help students to become more self-aware and to find a depth of resilience they may already possess within, this can help to equip them with the tools they need to continue to grow.  

Please note I am always very happy to discuss my counselling modality further or after an initial consultation to sign post to other modalities that may be better suited to your child's needs at this moment in time.     

How I can help: 

It can sometimes be useful to speak to someone who is separate from the normal circle of friends and family. This, in tandem with a confidential, accepting, non-judgmental, safe space, is beneficial for the process of change.   


I am here to support in a way that doesn't pathologise or label, but instead understands empathically, and unconditionally accepts the human experiences of the young person and their inner world.   

As humans, we all feel and experience a multitude of emotions that can sometimes be hard to make sense of. I am here to support in these moments of transitions, to help the young person to cope with what is going on in life. Growing up can be hard and we all need some support sometimes, no matter who we are.   


My fees range between £150 per private counselling session, depending on the specific nature of support required, the frequency and the duration of the sessions. This also includes initial consultations.


Working in schools I charge £90 per hour.   

Professional bodies:  

I am an accredited member of The National Counselling Society (NCS) and abide by their code of ethics (please click here for more information).


I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework for good practice (please click here for more information). 


Disclosure and Barring Service:


I have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check that enables me to work safely within different environments. 

GDPR Compliant:

I am registered with the Information Commisioners Office and am fully GDPR Compliant:   


I am insured to offer therapy in multiple places including online (within UK jurisdiction), in schools and outside through walking therapy. 



If you would like any more information regarding how I work or would like to talk further about your child, please feel free to contact me below:

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