Sammy Alattar Integrative CounsellorSammy Alattar

Integrative Counsellor (MBACP)


Hello, my name is Sammy Alattar and I’m a qualified Integrative Counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I provide both open-ended and short-term psychotherapy at HQ Therapy in Dalston and Haggerston, as well as other East London locations.

What I can offer you
What I offer is a safe, confidential, empathetic and non-judgemental space for you to explore and unpick whatever it is you’re struggling with, no matter how unmanageable, vague, irrational, unthinkable or unspeakable it may seem to you at the moment. Together we can shine a light on what is troubling you, to help you find your own unique way through it.

Your reasons for seeking out therapy may be that something is missing from your life rather than any particular or obvious issue. Here I can support you to discover what is lacking in your daily existence and pinpoint your unmet needs to find purpose, meaning and fulfilment.

I work with many issues, though I specialise in working with depression, anger, guilt, relationship and attachment issues, perfectionism, the legacy of narcissistic parents/partners, life transitions, lack of intimacy, loneliness and existential concerns.

I also have extensive experience working with anxiety, shame, family and workplace issues, prejudice, family estrangement, intercultural partnership, lack of meaning, infidelity, social isolation and bullying.

How I work
Being an “integrative” therapist means I bring together humanistic, psychodynamic, existential, somatic and cognitive types of therapy approaches, as well as myself and my own life experiences, in the way I practise. This enables me to work from a variety of perspectives in a natural, non-dogmatic way, tailoring therapy to your individual, evolving needs.

My philosophy for practice is a “bio-psycho-social-spiritual” one. This means I consider biological, psychological, social (& economic) and spiritual factors to be interrelated and of equal importance in contributing to a person’s psychological well-being. I believe that gaining awareness of, giving attention to and focusing efforts on multiple factors simultaneously promotes deeper, longer-term, more sustainable and more resilient mental as well as physical health.

My background
Before training as a counsellor I had an office-based career for many years, as well as stints working in kitchens, in events and as a recording/performing musician, and I’m familiar with the
challenges faced by those who are trying to make a living in similar situations.

I am mixed-race, of British, Iraqi and Iranian heritage, and have lived experience of growing up in an intercultural, interfaith environment.

Getting started
If you would like to explore working with me then the first step is to send me a message. I will then contact you to introduce myself and together we can arrange a free 30-minute phone consultation.

This is an opportunity for us to get acquainted, to discuss the practical side of things and for you to ask any questions about me or the way I work. We’ll also talk about what brings you to therapy and how I/it may help you.

If at the end of the call you feel that you would like to try therapy with me then we can arrange the first session and take it from there.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Fees & availability
I currently have some availability for weekly therapy on Wednesday afternoon/evening and Thursday morning/afternoon. My fee for a 50-minute session is £60.

I am currently just seeing clients face to face.

***If you are interested in contacting Sammy Alattar, or needing information and guidance about therapy, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.***

Clients Sammy Works With

Client Issues Sammy Deals With

Therapy Modalities Sammy uses With Clients


Sammy Alattar – Working Hours

Monday N/A Thursday 12:00 – 16:00
Tuesday N/A Friday N/A
Wednesday N/A Sat-Sun N/A


Contact Details

Sammy Alattar, Integrative Counsellor, can be reached using the following:
Email: [email protected]


Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.

 

***Please include some information about yourself and issues/problems, and/or, the therapist’s name that you are interested in working with. ***