Sam McCarthy


Meet Sam

Life presents a multitude of events, challenges and obstacles, that at times can be difficult to surmount. Each person meets these with different perspectives and emotions; these differences are part of what makes us human.

Another vital part of being human is the need for connection and to share what we are experiencing, to help make sense of our existence. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed and resources are depleted, it can be hard to find space to reflect and find a way through.

I aim to offer a compassionate, safe and nonjudgemental environment, where you are free to explore what’s important to you. Together we will work collaboratively, and mindfully uncover the values and beliefs influencing your responses to concerns which may be arising.

My work is grounded in a person centred approach, which acknowledges your intrinsic capacity for growth and is informed by my long standing practices of mindful and somatic embodied awareness.

With conscious attention, I use my body and discreet interoception – the sense that helps us understand and feel what’s going on inside our bodies – to attune to your needs in our therapeutic relationship, and help you to determine the outcomes you desire.

I began working online and via telephone early March 2020 and have supported clients throughout the pandemic. I also facilitate therapeutic support groups for mothers who’ve experienced birthing alone, restricted visits, traumatic birth, pregnancy complications, premature birth and neonatal illness.

Humanistic and Integrative Psychological Therapies

Individual Counselling

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Facilitated Peer Support Groups

UMEmamas is an honest, supportive community, nurturing mothers of babies and pre-school children using mindfulness and yoga as tools to support the journey in motherhood.

Mamas Therapeutic Circle
Meeting Motherhood

On Becoming a Mother…by Sam McCarthy

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On Becoming a Mother… by Sam McCarthy This is not my story of becoming a mother, but a contemplation of what can happen, and why we have hopes at UMEUS … read more

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"Working with Sam has provided an invaluable space for self exploration and collaborative understanding of some of the challenging events in my life. Sam has the ability to be warm and welcoming, as well as competent and professional. Her approach has allowed me to navigate a tricky time in my personal journey, with the knowledge that I had a trusted place where my anxieties and strong emotions could be examined safely and constructively. I am very grateful for having met Sam, and for all the support she continues to offer with professional dedication and unshakeable kindness."

Client - Brighton

"When I started seeing Sam I told her I wanted to be the best version I could be of me, to enable me to deal with the potential loss of my partner due to illness and parenting alone.
Sam really listens and has a wide understanding of trauma, suggesting reading material or blogs that have been hugely helpful. The most important skill Sam has helped me to realise is to be more compassionate to myself, which has been key to recognising my many strengths and has enabled me to get on and enjoy life!"
Client - Brighton

“Sam is a wonderful, experienced therapist. She is warm and nurturing and has created a safe space for me to explore my difficulties which she always meets with empathy, compassion and acceptance.

Sam has a lot of insight and knowledge and has a great way of combining approaches to address my whole self and this has really helped me to consider what happens for me on a mind and body level. I have learnt so much in my sessions with Sam and continue to make positive changes in my life as a result”

Client - Brighton

“I’ve been having sessions with Sam and have found them hugely valuable. She is warm, empathetic and provides a safe, supportive environment where it is possible to really open up.  

It was important to me to find a counsellor who really understood the challenges around parenting, as well as a background of working with grief and Sam’s personal and professional experience really shines through.”

Client - Brighton

Events and Groups with Sam


UMEmamas – Meeting Motherhood

UMEmamas is a facilitated therapeutic support group. For women with children of all ages, in any family configuration. Meeting weekly our mamas has discussed birth stories, ageing (mother and child),...

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