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About the Therapist

My name is Diana Samuels and I am a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Play Therapist, and Social Worker for South Hertfordshire.  


I am a full member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP), registered in the College of Child Psychotherapy.


In private practice I am able to combine my skills and experience to offer an assessment and together with families work out the most helpful way forward, whether it be one to one work with a family member, working with the whole family or helping to find another professional who may be better placed to help.

Difficulties I can help with:-

  • Abuse Survivors

  • Adoption and Foster Care

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment Disorders

  • Behavioural Problems

  • Bereavement

  • Bullying and Being Bullied

  • Depression

  • Domestic Abuse

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Phobias

  • Self Harm

  • Separation and Divorce

  • Sleep Problems

  • Trauma

  • Young Carers

“It has been so helpful and at times invaluable. I feel much stronger to move into my future”


Mother of 10-year-old girl

Diana Samuels

“Thank you for all you have done for me”


10-year-old girl

Qualifications & Training

2017      Diploma in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision, Terapia

2015      MA, Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and  Counselling, Middlesex University/Terapia

2014      Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy training

2010      Certificate in Counselling Skills and  Theoretical  Perspectives in Psychotherapy, Terapia, London

2002      Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy, University of Surrey, Roehampton

1990      Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) Birmingham University

1990      Certificate of Qualification in Social Work

Work Experience

  • Individual and group clinical supervisor for therapists working with  adults and/or children in London and Hertfordshire

  • Local authority social worker in South Hertfordshire in both child & family and fostering & adoption teams

  • Voluntary sector social worker in South Hertfordshire

  • Play therapist for Local Authority in South Hertfordshire

  • Child and adolescent psychotherapist for a voluntary agency in South Hertfordshire

  • Child and adolescent psychotherapist with Local Authority South Hertfordshire  in school counselling service

  • Group Facilitator for child and adolescent training course in South Hertfordshire

  • Psychotherapeutic Consultant to staff in Children's Residential Homes, Hertfordshire

Additionally, I have led groups for adolescents and run workshops for social workers, teachers, foster carers, birth parents and adoptive parents on subjects including ‘The Importance of Play’, ‘What is Play Therapy’ and ‘Sand Play’. Additionally, I have offered regular consultations to family support workers, teachers and social workers. 


My work integrates creative techniques, (such as art and play), with talking therapy, as appropriate for each client.

Each and every person I work with is different. I recognize this in my work and so each intervention I offer is tailor-made, specific for that young person and family.

Professional Bodies / Recognition

  • UKCP

  • Social Work England Registered

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