• 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 through the Independent Schools system

I am an accredited Humanistic Counsellor with over 12 years experience working with children and young people from 7 - 18+. I work a person-centred solution focussed way focussing on the needs of the 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 imperfectness of being human too.   

What I do: 

I specialise in supporting children and young people's emotional and mental health wellbeing 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 pressure 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 ranging from anxiety, depression, perfectionism and an existential dread of the future to name but a few issues, are prevalent and can be helped by talking to a third party, in a confidential 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, to help support and further empower the young person 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. To help them to understand what barriers are present to growth and therefore to support them to enable and take steps to make positive changes. 


This process is taking things one step at a time, helping the young person to be aware and be 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 is obtained.     

I help students to become aware and find a depth of resilience they already acquire within, which can help lead them to use the tools to take control


Due to the continued COVID-19 restrictions I am now only counselling online through Google meet or Zoom. Working online may of course be different to in person counselling. However, it is also an effective way in helping to support others through the many changes of life, which is particularly pertinent during these uncertain, unsettling times. Online counselling can be an anchor when things are feeling out of control.  


I will understand if it hard to understand the different counselling approaches with their own technical languages! I am very happy to discuss my modality further or other modalities that may be better suited and more appropriate to your child 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 pathologies or label, but instead understands empathically, and unconditionally accepts the human experiences of the inner world of the young person.   

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.   


I charge £125 per session, with a sliding scale for termly blocked bookings.  

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 a multitple of 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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