Samuel Waumsley Clinical Psychologist
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Samuel Waumsley Clinical Psychologist

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I make use of a range of therapeutic theory and approaches in my work, including:

Psychodynamic psychotherapy:

Writers within this approach include Steven Stern, Patrick Casement and Judith Herman, authors who have written about the influence of emotion and experience in life.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy:

Sigmund Freud, father of modern psychology, is best known for his naming of and study of the unconscious mind. Freud realised that our dreams and our Freudian slips of the tongue pointed to something unconscious in us; that our conscious minds could be the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg’; only the small visible or known part of a larger unknown or unseen ‘whole’ self, that is often relatively unconscious, though not unintelligent.

Narrative therapy:

Narrative therapy is a growing school of thought and practice that considers human psychology and the struggles we sometimes have in life, including psychologically, within a personal life story or narrative perspective. From this point of view we work in therapy to construct or uncover our own narratives, and their meaning in our evolving life story.


Viktor Frankl, a prominent neurologist who survived the Holocaust in Nazi Europe spoke of the ‘logos’ or importance of finding the personal meaning or significance of events or situations.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT):

This school of thought emphasizes the behavioural and conscious thinking aspects of our psychology. CBT considers for example how ‘reinforcing’ behaviours or thoughts with a reward of some kind can create changes in behaviour for the better, or indeed worse. By giving attention to how we respond and act for example with our children or others, even ourselves, we can start to ascertain the messages and emotional and behavioural queues we may be expressing or communicating.


Cultivating a mental state and attitude of self-awareness and mindfulness in our daily lives can allow us greater control in our responses to certain situations and potential stressors. While being a meditative and cognitive exercise of ‘centering’ or calming the mind, a mindfulness approach may also consider the physiological aspects of a difficulty, such as learning a breathing exercise to alleviate panic for example.

Jungian psychology:

Carl Jung, a contemporary and to some extent rival of Freud’s put forward the idea of a “collective unconscious”, the deep ‘well’ of human experience and knowledge acquired during our evolution, and that is seen in our still-present old instinctual drives, and in our dreams and wants. Jung and Freud both gave great credence to dreams, and the symbolism in them, though it was Jung who saw all dreams as aspects of a greater human collective unconscious, shared between everyone, and with a shared symbolism.

Socratic dialogue:

The Socratic method or dialogue is a manner of asking questions and inquiring into matters based on a process of clear fact-finding and meaning-making in discussion between two people.


This broad term encompasses a range of positive, health and evolutionary psychology approaches that seek to connect some of the principles of psychology with those of ecology, considering our place in the natural world.

Overall I try to emphasize respect and compassion in my work. I view clients as experts in their own lives and it is in working together with clients that I hope to assist them in finding understanding, healing and growth.

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