M.A. (1st Class Hons) in Psychology
Diploma in Clinical Psychology
Registered Clinical Psychologist
207 Bridge St, Nelson, Ph 03 545 6207
I have been in the field for nearly 40yrs. This experience means I have a good understanding of people and of what can happen in their lives. Life experiences have contributed to my development as a person, enabling me to provide a respectful and genuine service to those who consult me.
It is essential to provide a sound, sensitive and non-judgemental opportunity to talk. This helps draw out what really matters to people, in a safe environment. A counselling relationship imbued with watertight trust and respect enables me to focus on learning about a person and what is going on in their lives and so help individuals (or couples) determine what is really important to them. I can then provide information and practical guidance to help people move toward their own objectives.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why see Geoffrey Samuels?
Because the majority of people get results that matter to them. I get many comments from people saying that I’ve been able to help them.
Why does this tend to happen?
I’ve been in the field for a good time and so have a solid understanding of people and of what can happen in their lives. Usually some new ways of seeing things or themselves help people better understand their difficulties. I provide battle-tested tools and theories from various schools of psychotherapy.
How long will counselling take?
Most people with "average" problems are likely to benefit in two to four sessions. These may be weekly, or more spread out to suit - whatever makes it work. This estimate, of course, depends on a number of things, including the nature of the problem, how chronic it might be, whether there are major issues in childhood to be addressed, and as well, a person’s readiness for the different levels of work that might be required.
Do you also work with couples?
Yes I enjoy working with couples.
Is there anyone you don’t work with?
I don’t work with children. The youngest person I would see is about 16, and it needs to be someone who is reasonably mature, rather than adolescent in outlook. I also don’t work with people with severe mental health disorders where hospital-based services are more appropriate.
What other training do you do?
There are always various courses and conferences to attend, and I look for updates on matters that are most relevant for my practice. Some recent reading has been in the area of complementary medicine alternatives to antidepressants when dealing with milder depression or anxiety.
What modalities do you use?
I use both behavioural psychology (from which CBT developed) and psychodynamic psychotherapy. I occasionally focus on the pattern of someone’s relating with me if it appears something could be learned from that, but I am more usually focused on understanding what is going on in their lives and reflecting on that in ways that enhance understanding or perspective and readiness to move on. I also use EMDR and CBT, particularly REBT. I have some Jungian training which influences my work. I may utilise techniques that help people focus on early experiences/traumas where that seems called for. Acceptance and committment is part of my usual work. I don’t use hypnotherapy, and sometimes I refer to other health professionals who may be better able to help.
What issues do you work with?
• Life changes and loss
• Work relationship issues
• Couples and older adults
• Identifying childhood contributants to longer term patterns
• Trauma and childhood abuse
• Depression and the various anxiety conditions
• Men’s issues: anger, passivity, depression, sexuality
. ACC sensitive claims treatment and assessments
• Psychiatric Issues including Asperger’s Syndrome
• Personal Growth
• The role of micronutrients e.g. Omega 3s, 5HTP in mild depression and anxiety
• Grief and questions of meaning and spirituality
What other experience do you have?
I have worked in the Justice Department (prisons and probation) and Hospital Psychiatric Outpatients as well as in private practice. I have also provided couple counselling for the Family Court and personal psychotherapy and supervision for training purposes for students and provisional psychotherapists.