Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

NLP Practitioner in Caterham

My inspiration for working with children was, in fact, my own son. He was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder two months after his third birthday, and as a result, he has to overcome daily challenges that most children do not have to deal with. This subsequently affects his self-esteem, motivation, concentration and he occasionally suffers from stress and anxiety.

Through my work with special needs children in an educational setting, I have truly found my passion in life which is to help children overcome the challenges they are experiencing. I firmly believe that there is far too much pressure on children today and this is essentially taking their childhood away from them. By lightening their load and making them see that some of their biggest worries are things that they really shouldn't be worried about, I feel like I am making a difference.

This also extends to parents and teachers. As a parent myself and also having worked as a remedial Teaching Assistant I understand that as a Mum there is huge pressure to be perfect and even despite always wanting the best for our children, we all at times feel like we aren't quite meeting the mark. From a teaching aspect, I also understand the pressures you are put under by governing bodies, parents and colleagues alike. Being able to provide you with tools to just make everything a little easier is where I get a buzz; instead of working against each other, let's support fellow Mum's and Dad's and teachers - we all want the same thing, which is for your child to be happy!

The biggest joy I get from working with children is their innocence and the logical way they see and look at things. It makes you realise that children have got it so right, and us adults have it so wrong; we complicate things far too much sometimes, to see things like they do, makes far more sense to me. I read a lovely statistic the other day which makes me completely resonate and explain to others why I love working with children when they ask me. Children laugh on average 450 times a day and adults laugh on average a pathetic 15 times a day. Laughter in itself is therapeutic, studies have long since shown this, and I'm not sure about you but I would rather be laughing with a group of children than sitting in an office full of adults who don't laugh even half as much as the children do during the course of the day. Again, kids have it so right!

Background & Qualifications

Since moving back to the UK in July 2019, I have completed the Platinum Level Training with NLP4Kids, started my own business in NLP & Hypnotherapy and am also contributing to a blog for parents with children who have special needs. My passion is working with children and helping them to overcome any challenges they may be facing. My dream is to write a book on how NLP can specifically help children with learning challenges, so watch this spaceā€¦..

I am affiliated to

The Association of Neurolinguistic Practitioners
The International Alliance of Holistic Therapists
Accredited Counsellors Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists.
I am fully insured to work in schools and also from my private practice, have a full and clear DBS check, and have completed extensive training in first aid and child safeguarding.

My Specialisms

How I can help your child!

I really enjoy working with children with special needs, they make me so humble, however, I also enjoy working with mainstream children. The challenges I can help your child with consist of:

Stress and anxiety - whether this is home or school-based or whether there is a certain trigger that causes it, potentially leading to a phobia.

Bereavement - This is always such a hard time for children, who already struggle to regulate and vocalise their emotions. Whether the death of a parent, grandparent, friend, pet or other loved one I can teach your child effective techniques to help them deal with their emotions effectively.

Boosting their confidence - always worth boosting this. A child with confidence feels they can achieve anything and be anything they want to be, such an important attribute to have in today's competitive society.
Boosting their motivation - let's be honest, sometimes we all feel a bit demotivated. However, if this runs into a long period of time or is affecting their school work, intervention needs to take place. NLP can teach your child excellent and simple tools to boost and enhance their motivation.

Building their self-esteem - this is something that many children battle with, especially if there are struggles in their peer groups, they are being bullied or are worried about a transition to a new or bigger school. Once depleted, lack of self-esteem can lead to far more serious problems such as depression, so it's worth nipping in the bud early on.
Enabling them to set goals effectively so they can achieve them - the ability to set and achieve goals is so important to our self-worth and feelings we have about our lives and how happy we are with it. Using the concept of SMART goal-setting, along with a range of other NLP techniques, your child will literally be able to reach for the stars with the goals they set for themselves.

Managing anger - often anger is misunderstood in children. It is often a call for help, a sign of wanting to escape from something, or attention-seeking. By enabling a child to regulate their emotions and control their anger they will be able to experience a greater sense of control over their lives. For someone to feel they are in control of their own lives and their own emotions is massively empowering, especially to a child.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

My work at NLP4Kids involves working with parents, teachers and students, offering either workshops or one-to-one therapy sessions. The workshops provide the target audience with a general overview of NLP tools and techniques that can be used in a wide-ranging set of circumstances, whereas the one-to-one sessions are more therapeutic in nature and tend to focus on a specific area for improvement. Whether a workshop or one-on-one session, there is so much that can be gained from the tools and information you are provided within these sessions, not only for use in the present but for long into the future.

I am also a qualified Hypnotherapist, with training provided by NLP4Kids that is specific to working with children. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool for using in conjunction with NLP as it embeds the ideas and concepts you introduce in NLP at a subconscious level, with makes the overall level of therapy more intense, in-depth and effective. I generally offer a hypnotherapy session for my one-on-one clients at a discounted rate, post NLP therapy, if I feel they would be an ideal candidate for hypnotherapy.

The typical age range of the children I work with is 5-16. I do offer a free consultation to assess your child's requirements. This is a great time to meet with the parents, explain who I am, what NLP is, and overall, what you can expect. I find the free consultation which lasts an hour is essential because all the questions are out of the way, and when it comes to therapy, the questions have been answered, the paperwork signed and completed and the child can get their full hour session with me. Without this, a lot of time is spent going over things that could already have been addressed, had we met prior.

I typically run a "no watching" rule during my therapy sessions with children, unless there is a medical reason for the parent to sit in. This is merely because, and I have seen this first hand with my own children, children do like to act up and put on a performance for Mum and Dad - I spent a full two years not being able to watch my daughter on watching day at ballet as she performed so much and kept running back to see me. I genuinely get more from your child if you, as a parent, are not there. The therapy is far more effective without the eyes and ears of Mum and Dad being present. But don't worry; you will get full feedback over what we have covered and any areas for concern etc after the session. You as the parent will always be kept in the loop, and I generally prescribe a small amount of "homework" to be done prior to the next session. This is to merely reinforce an area or topic we may have worked on during the session, and is not lengthy in time; it is just about cementing what is a really important concept or problem that may have come up during their session with me.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
NLP In Person £100 per 60 minutes