Mark Samways

Director of Wellbeing - Schools & Organisations
Counselling Psychologist

I was trained in the UK and undertook a master’s in Addiction Psychology and Counselling and completed a second Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching. I started my career working in substance misuse, working with youth offenders in the UK, and moved to Dubai in 2017 to work as a school counsellor and Head of Wellbeing at Dubai College.

A person’s decision to reach out for help can often be daunting and needs a level of bravery and vulnerability that may feel uncomfortable. 

My approach to therapy is aimed at building as much trust as possible and making my clients feel safe about sharing their struggles, by focusing mainly on developing and promoting the therapeutic relationship. I aim to provide them with an empathic non-judgmental space within which they can explore life’s difficulties and struggles. 

During a therapy session, I adopt a person-centred approach encompassing CBT strategies to help clients define and move forward with their therapeutic goals. I have worked in the field since 2010 with both adults and adolescents aged 11 years and above. 

I strongly believe that an early and proactive step toward combating poor mental health is extremely crucial. This belief is what fuels my passion for helping schools and organisations improve their wellbeing quotient by providing training and workshops.

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Mark Samways is supervised by Dr. Tim Baker who is a child and adolescent psychotherapist trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. 

Before this training Tim read English Literature at Cambridge University and had a career as a television script editor and producer. He currently works in the NHS at the Portman Clinic and for a Forensic CAMHS team. He also worked for many years at an adolescent in-patient unit and for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families for whom he continues to lead training in Reflective Parenting (mentalisation based treatment for parenting). He co-developed the group model of this intervention. In addition to offering individual and group therapy and supervision, he also has extensive experience in facilitating Reflective Practice groups for a variety of different organisations having researched organisational dynamics and the workings of multi-disciplinary teams for his professional doctorate.

Qualifications and professional bodies

  • BSc Psychology – Loughborough University, UK
  • MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling – London South Bank University, UK
  • MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching – The University of East London, UK
  • Registered member of The British Association for counselling and psychotherapy (MBACP)
  • Counselling Psychologist, Community Development Authority Professional License, CDA PL 0001182

Areas of Experience

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide ideation
  • Perfectionism
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship struggles
  • Addiction
  • Self-esteem
  • Identity
  • Life transitions & career change
  • Flourishing and human optimisation
  • Dad’s mental health