Welcome to Royston Counselling

Individual and group therapy for adults in a safe and comfortable setting

Counselling and support for individuals

Welcome, and thank you for visiting. My name is Sam.

I am a friendly and compassionate counsellor that has been living and working in Royston for seven years providing counselling to adults over 21 years old. I have an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD Counselling School in London and have undertaken additional training in trauma therapy, including training in Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild, internationally recognised body-psychotherapist and specialist in the treatment of trauma. I also hold a certificate in facilitating group therapy from Re-vision.

Before setting up my private practice in Royston, I worked as a counsellor for an organisation specialising in women's health in Camden and at West Essex Drug and Alcohol Service. I am a fully insured and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

How can counselling help?

We all struggle and feel low at times. Sometimes we know exactly what the problem is; other times it's not clear. I will work with you to get to the bottom of what is bothering you and help you to find a way to move forward with your life. As a humanistic integrative counsellor, I have studied and practised a range of therapeutic approaches and would draw on the techniques that best fit with you. Every person is unique and has had different experiences. My way of working can respond to that. I am honest and non-judgemental, and our work will always be confidential. I am committed to working towards the best possible outcome for you.

Counselling can sometimes be challenging, and hard work, but it should never feel unsafe. My practice is trauma informed and your emotional safety will be at the centre of our relationship. We will work at a pace that fits for you, covering the areas of your life that feel important. Counselling can be enlightening and life changing - it is a responsible choice and a step towards putting yourself first and developing a healthier relationship with yourself and with others.

I also offer small supportive counselling groups for three to six people. They are a lower cost therapeutic option and group members provide and receive emotional support. Group counselling can help improve relationships, decrease social isolation and increase feelings of belonging. The group numbers are small to increase the emotional safety of the group and to ensure that everyone gets enough space during a session.

Speak in Confidence

Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. Thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely, in confidence, and at your own pace.

A problem shared...

Many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. By sharing and exploring these difficulties in counselling, you can gain a greater insight into the problems you are facing and why.

Make healthier choices

Counselling can help you to understand why you act in a certain way or react to people or situations the way you do. With this awareness you can start to manage and resolve difficulties and make better, healthier choices moving forward.

What can counselling help with?

People contact to me for support with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:

Stress, anxiety or panic


Family or relationship problems

Grief, loss or bereavement

Trauma and post-traumatic stress

Current or childhood abuse


Issues relating to sexuality or identity

Low confidence or self esteem

Loneliness or isolation

Get in touch

Please contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial consultation appointment. The consultation enables us to meet and talk about the reasons you are seeking counselling and whether it could be helpful to you. After that, if you decide to work with me, we would book some sessions.

You can also call me on 07935 677650 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial consultation appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 48 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

Counselling in a small group

Would you benefit from being part of a small supportive counselling group? The group of three to six people will meet in Royston town centre each week for 90 minutes. The group will be fully inclusive and respect the difference and diversity of people and their life experiences. By keeping the group numbers small, the sessions will be as safe as possible, allowing enough space for each group member to share their experiences and respond to each other in an inclusive environment.

This group would be most suited to people struggling with anxiety symptoms, depression or low mood, stress, overwhelm, low confidence, isolation or loss.

Benefits of group counselling:

  • It can be as effective as individual therapy and positive effects can be experienced quickly.
  • Working with others supports interpersonal relationships and improves social confidence.
  • Sharing experiences increases a sense of belonging, which can decrease isolation and loneliness.
  • When responding to and supporting other members of the group, we can experience personal growth and the development of our own resources.

Please get in touch to register your interest or to arrange a consultation.


  • The group meets every week for 90 minutes.
  • There is a minimum commitment of 12-16 weeks to support the groups continuity.
  • The group will break every 12-16 weeks to pause for reflection and for participants to leave or join the group.
  • The group is confidential and each group member must be able to commit to this principle.
  • Before you join the group, the first step is to have an initial consultation session with me to discuss your needs and explore whether group counselling is right for you.

My location

I offer counselling to adults over the age of 21 from a safe, warm and welcoming setting in Royston and am easily accessible from the surrounding areas including Baldock, Letchworth, Hitchin, Bassingbourn, Melbourn, The Mordens, Gamlingay, Harston, North Herts, South Cambs

Fees and availability

The fee for individual counselling is £55 per session and I offer a concession fee for anyone on a low income or studying or in receipt of benefits of any kind. Sessions are 50 minutes long and take place weekly or fortnightly.

The fee for group counselling is £30 per session. Sessions are 90 minutes long and and the minimum commitment is a term of sessions (12-16 sessions).

The first step is always a consultation session, which gives us the chance to meet and discuss your needs and what might work best for you. This is a one off session which lasts 50 minutes.

I work Monday to Thursday during the day and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Please get in touch to find out what availability I have.

© Sam Crisp

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