Dr Samantha Ann Baillie Mansell
What I can help with
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Health Anxiety
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating disorders
- Grief and Bereavement
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Interventions
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
Sam specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for trauma, mood, anxiety, psychosis, and distressing, unusual experiences. She has a passion for supporting people to discover this resilience within themselves, as a tool to navigate the challenges that life invariably throws at us. Sam sees therapy as a journey that a therapist and client embark on together using creativity, reflection and a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship to evoke desired changes in a client’s life. The targeting of patterns whereby past pain and trauma dictate one’s present and future is something Sam sees as a key goal of therapy. She aims to support clients to move forward, to rebuild and enrich their lives with an understanding of their past and the inner strength this confers them.
Sam is a HCPC accredited Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist with over ten years’ experience treating a wide variety of psychological difficulties with varying degrees of severity. These include depression, anxiety, panic, stress, low self-esteem, trauma related difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger, interpersonal difficulties, sleep problems, eating disorders and unusual or psychotic experiences.
Sam completed her clinical doctorate training (DClinPsy) at University College London (UCL). Since then, she has worked across a range of National Specialist and Local NHS settings. Sam’s most recent NHS post was as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist for the Study of Trauma and Recovery, a trial investigating the effectiveness of a trauma focussed cognitive behavioural therapy (tf-CBT) for individuals experiencing symptoms of psychosis. She also has experience working internationally and through this has developed a sensitivity and flexibility for working within different cultural conceptualisations of mental health.
Sam primarily works within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework. However, she has an integrative style and aims to tailor therapy to the individual by drawing on other third wave approaches such as Compassion Focussed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness based CBT. She also has experience using Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques where appropriate.
Sam’s particular areas of interest are trauma related difficulties and working with unusual experiences, such as hearing voices, feeling paranoid or having bizarre and distressing beliefs.