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Dr Samantha Farag

Expertise in individual, couple & young person Therapy

 

Expertise in Wellbeing & Performance Coaching

Consultant Counselling Psychologist (BPS)
Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC)
Accredited CBT Therapist (BABCP)
Accredited Clinical Supervisor (BPS)

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ABOUT ME

My name is Dr. Samantha Farag and I am a Consultant Chartered Psychologist. I started my career in counselling 28 years ago working in mental health charities and educational settings. I was inspired by the ability of therapy to help others live a full and meaningful life, and so I extended my training to become a qualified psychologist.

 

I have been a Chartered Counselling Psychologist for over 16 years with experience of psychological assessments and therapy for adults and young people. I am also trained in occupational, personality, ASD and ADHD assessments.

 

My main therapeutic approaches are Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness therapies, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

 

I have worked as a Clinical Team Leader in an NHS Talking Therapy Service, as well as a working for 12 years in a private Harley Street clinic.

 

I have been a Course Director for an MSc in CBT, an MSc in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health and worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology on doctoral training programmes.

 

My most recent role was as Course Director for the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a course which I designed and implemented at Goldsmiths, University of London. My most recent contract offer was by

THERAPY FOR ADULTS

I work with adults and couples experiencing a range of difficulties over both the long and short term. I am committed to using therapeutic work to enable us both to understand your difficulties in the context of your unique life experiences. In this way, I aim to reduce your symptoms and tackle present problems to increase your current wellbeing but also to understand their roots so that your awareness leads to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

I employ an integrative therapeutic style, collaboratively working with you to tailor my approach to your particular needs. My main therapeutic approaches are Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness therapies, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

My approach to my client work has been developed through extensive training and experience working in the NHS, charity, private sector and workplace settings.

 

I am a Consultant

Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and Accredited CBT Therapist (BABCP)  and I am registered with the Health Care Professional Council and the British Psychological Society.

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COACHING: WELLBEING & PERFORMANCE

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I am a coach with experience in both corporate and sports environments. I have worked with clients from well-known companies such as PWC, JP Morgan, Allen Overy, and Deloitte, as well as sports teams like Maccalren F1, English Rugby Team, English Football Team, and national union rugby clubs. My expertise in psychology is an absolute asset in coaching allowing me to accurately assess and identify goals and underlying mechanisms for progression in both wellbeing and performance. In addition, I am able to addrerss any stressors or underlying mental health difficulties that are inhibiting your goals.

Coaching is offered as either standalone sessions with the client booking additional sessions ad hoc or as a set of 4 weekly sessions that assess progression over time. The former gives the client more time to work on goals whilst the latter is focused on efficient progression.

THERAPY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Please note, I am only working with young people 16 years and over due to the nature of online working. I offer short and long term therapy to young people and families. I employ an integrative approach focusing on the wellbeing of the child or young person, and how they can thrive within themselves, their families and their schools. 

I have worked with children and young people within the NHS, the private sector and within charities such as Childline. I have set up a Play Therapy Service within a charity where I was employed as a Child Psychology Specialist and I have also run group workshops for parents, children and young people, and published self-help Parent Guides.

 

I was also Course Director of an MSc in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health.

My earlier career was as a Qualified Teacher within London secondary state schools for 7 years and this has been an essential benefit in understanding and communicating with schools and EP's as part of assessment and therapy work. 

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ADHD ASSESSMENTS

Online and In Person Assessments for Adults and Children

Overview
ADHD assessments involve gathering information from multiple sources, including standardised behaviour rating scales, past and current functioning, and input from family members or individuals who know you well.

 
Adults
Pre-Assessment
- You will be asked to complete four questionnaires via email to provide a comprehensive understanding of your experiences during childhood and adulthood.
- You will also be asked to email any relevant information that can provide a more complete understanding of your experiences growing up, such as old school reports, speech and language assessments, psychology reports, or other medical records.
- If possible, you will choose a trusted informant (family member, partner or friend) who will also be asked to complete one questionnaire via email.

Assessment 
- You will then attend either online or in person a 90 minute diagnostic interview using the DIVA-5 to determine the presence of core ADHD symptoms and how they impact your daily life. The DIVA-5 is based on the DSM-V and is the most reliable and well-validated diagnostic measures available. 
- It is best practice that one or two trusted informants attend with you or that they are able to attend a telephone assessment at their convenience. One person who was an adult present in your childhood (a parent) and the other who is present in your current daily life (a parent, partner or friend). While it is possible to receive a diagnosis without informant support, research indicates that the most accurate results come from this comprehensive diagnostic approach, ensuring reliable outcomes.

Outcomes
Following the assessment, you will receive a personalised report that may include a formal diagnosis, clear recommendations for support within professional and personal settings, and any referrals for additional assessment and treatment. Psychologists cannot recommend or prescribe medication and therefore if you would like to consider medication following diagnosis, I will refer you to your NHS GP or a private psychiatrist.

Children & Adolescents

Pre-Assessment

- Parents will be asked to complete an initial questionnaire and send on any available reports to gain a comprehensive understanding of your child's difficulties and their history.

- I will contact your child's school and ask them to also complete an initial screening questionnaire

 

Assessment

- You will be asked to complete three online questionnaires known as the Connors Scale.

- The parent and child will then attend either online or in person a 60 minute diagnostic interview using the Young DIVA-5 to determine the presence of core ADHD symptoms and how they impact your child's daily life. The Young DIVA-5 is based on the DSM-V and is the most reliable and well-validated diagnostic measures available. 

 

Outcomes

Following the assessment, you will receive a personalised report for your child that may include a formal diagnosis, clear recommendations for support within educational and home settings, and any referrals for additional assessment and treatment. Psychologists cannot prescribe medication and therefore if you would like to consider medication following diagnosis, I will refer you to your NHS GP or a private child psychiatrist.

 

 

LOCATIONS AND FEES

THERAPY

The Harley Street Clinic is based at Cognacity, 52 Welbeck Street, London W1G 8EF. Welbeck Street therapy sessions are booked directly with Cognacity. To book your first session please ring 020 3219 3080 or email enquiries@cognacity.co.uk. Sessions are charged at £240. Most insurers accepted. 


The South East London Clinic is based near Dulwich, SE21. If you have any questions or would like to book your first session, please click the Book Assessment link below or email me at samanthafarag@gmail.com or complete the Contact form.

Fees are £130 per session for self-pay individuals and £150 for self-pay couples. Fees for those with health insurance are dependent on insurance provider.  I am approved by AXA PPP, Cigna, Aviva, WPA, BUPA, Vitality, Simply Health.

COACHING

Fees are £150 per session. Fees for those with health insurance are dependent on insurance provider.  I am approved by AXA PPP, Cigna, Aviva, WPA, BUPA, Vitality, Simply Health.

 

ADHD ASSESSMENTS

ADHD Assessment (Adult) = £850

ADDD Assessment (Child) = £950

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CONTACT ME

Dr. Samantha Farag

samanthafarag@gmail.com

07401 804 304

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