Akira Counselling is a bespoke one to one counselling service offering emotional wellbeing support to children, young people and adults online and within educational settings.


My name is Samantha Howell, I am a person-centred counsellor with a first class honours degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice awarded by Nottingham University.

I am a professional member of the Association for Counsellors and Therapy Online.

I work with young people and adults online, and offer in person counselling within educational settings for children, young people and adults alike.

I provide a safe and confidential space where individuals can explore emotions, thoughts and feelings. A space where welfare and wellbeing are always first and foremost.


I hold the belief that as individuals we are our own experts. We respond to the best of our abilities within our given situation, and that within us is an inherent drive to positively grow. Counselling provides the environment and opportunity to work towards our full potential.

Empathy towards emotions intrinsically supports positive psychological growth.

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Educational Settings

Counselling takes place from school as weekly sessions of up to 50 minutes. Individuals explore their emotional needs supported by my empathic and non-judgemental way of being. I do not offer advice.

I practice in mainstream primary and secondary schools and pupil referral units. Contracts with schools are ordinarily set for the academic year, term time only. I provide weekly blocks of either three or five sessions with additional drop in sessions or other services as desired.  Sessions with clients can range from short term, 8 weeks, to long term, whole academic year or beyond.

Counselling is attended either in person or online.

Online Counselling

Counselling through online platforms can be a very rewarding experience; eliminating the need for travel, whilst presenting relaxation of familiar surroundings. Sessions are offered to those aged 11+ at a cost of £40 and can last up to 50 minutes.

Many young people, including those with ADHD, find online counselling works well for them.

There are many reasons why a child or young person may need additional emotional support; needs which are often presented as behavioural concerns. As a humanistic counsellor I endeavour to understand the child or young person’s emotional world as it is experienced by them; as if to walk in their shoes. It is this close, genuine relationship that enables the individual to safely look at parts of their world that will help them develop a greater sense of self with enhanced emotional well-being and increased resilience towards future life events.



  • First class honours degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice awarded by Nottingham University.

  • Professional member of Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.

  • Accredited member of the National Counselling Society and as such am bound by their ethical code of practice.

  • Enhanced DBS certificate and registered on the update service.

  • Full liability insurance.

  • Up to date EduCare safeguarding training.

  • Complete regular CPD.

  • Attend regular supervision

  • Trained to work with individuals with additional needs.


Contact me

Online Counselling

If you feel that either you or your child/young person may benefit from having someone empathic and confidential to talk to then please do not hesitate to contact me at akiracounselling@gmail.com

We can arrange an initial chat,

understanding that many enquiries are around learning how online counselling may be, and considering if it is for you.

Educational Counselling

If you are interested in bringing Akira Counselling into your school's Well-being support service please do contact me so that we may arrange a visit where we can discuss schools needs and tailor a bespoke service.

I endeavour to reply to all correspondence within 48 hours.