Welcome to Alpebble Counselling


Exploring emotional histories, life experiences, gaining a better awareness of self are some of the reasons why people seek therapy. For children and adolescents being understood can be all that they need. In all circumstances, my counselling approach draws on the individual’s inner resourcefulness, safely and with gentle curiosity.

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"Providing a contained, empathic and safe space promotes expressivity which is important to feeling accepted, supported and heard. Central to my therapeutic approach is providing healthy counselling where a non-judgemental space enables individual differences and backgrounds to be respected." - Samia 

Samia Quddus (MBACP), PGDip, PGCert, BA (Hons) with QTS
Dual Fully Qualified Primary School Teacher & Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist 

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP). I am fully insured and registered with the Disclosure

Barring Service (DBS), holding an Enhanced DBS check. Due to my training, I am ideally qualified to provide child and adolescent psychotherapy, including adult counselling/ therapy. I have specialised psychotherapy training in the following models:

- Play Therapy
- Integrative Therapy

Based in North London, I am a specialist child and adolescent psychotherapist working with ages 4-18 years. My specialist training draws on play therapy, art creativity and talk therapy models underpinned by psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, person centred, CBT and neuroscience theories. I also provide individual adult counselling-therapy and parent/ carer support.


In addition to my private practice, I have extensive school-based primary and secondary therapy experience. I am published writer for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Children, Young People and Families magazine and appear as TV Mental Health Expert on Islam Channel.

I can support issues such as: 

Abuse  Trauma  Bereavement/ Divorce  Bullying

Low Self-esteem  Anxiety Transitions  Self-harm  

Suicidal ideation  



"Samia has been a breath of fresh air in what could have been a very turbulent time of relocation. Our daughter has come on leaps and bounds under Samia’s guidance and is so much more capable and armed to face issues as they come up. Samia’s empathy, ability to listen, deep knowledge and delivery of tools have supported the weeks of talk therapy all have been invaluable and we thank her so much for getting our daughter back on track and smiling again." Parent of 16 year old. Counselling

"When my teenage daughter said that she felt she would benefit from counselling, I wasn’t sure where to start. A friend, who is herself a counsellor, referred me to Samia and I was so pleased that she did. My daughter found the sessions really helpful - there were some issues she felt she wanted to resolve before she went off to university and Samia helped her to talk through everything and work it out. She is a very calm presence and immediately made my daughter feel at ease. Due to lockdown, the sessions took place online, which worked very well. What was great, as a mother, was that Samia spoke to me too in the first session to find out more about our family and answer my queries. She also spoke to me at the end to give some feedback - obviously, making sure that my daughter was happy for her to share the information first. I think this helped us both as it helped us to talk openly about the benefits of counselling. I highly recommend Samia and in fact have already recommended her to friends." Parent of 17-year old. Counselling

"When we faced the first lockdown, my daughter started having meltdowns and tantrums, which was very unlike her. I felt both helpless and worried, which was when I turned to Samia, as I trusted in her expertise. She was patient and understanding, and put me at ease with the way she approached my concerns with kindness and integrity. She also gave me valuable insight and actionable steps which I could implement straight away with my daughter and is still helpful today. I would highly recommend Samia as the go-to expert in her field." - Parent of 8 year old. Parental Support