About me

Before training as a psychotherapist I spent many years as a musician, teaching the piano and working mostly with children and young people. Realising that a weekly piano lesson was in some ways similar to a weekly therapy session (in the sense of being a long term 1:1 relationship which in most cases continued for years) my interest in working with young people led me to train as an Integrative Psychotherapist and then as a Family Therapist. 

In 1999 I had to spend time doing a placement in a psychiatric hospital and for this reason I went to the Priory Hospital Eating Disorders Unit. This led to a part time job as a Healthcare Assistant, which continued for three years. After completing my Family Therapy training in 2008 it was a natural step to return to Eating Disorders, and I have worked as the Family Therapist on the Eating Disorders Unit in The Priory since 2011, and have also developed a private practice.

My psychotherapy qualifications

  • MA Psychoanalytic Studies (The Tavistock Institute/University of East London)
  • MSc and Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University)
  • MSc in Systemic Family Therapy (The Institute of Family Therapy/Birkbeck College University of London)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic & Organisational Approaches (University of Surrey Department of Psychology)

I am accredited with the UKCP as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist and with the Association of Family Therapy as a Supervisor.

Irene Samuel
Tel. 07956 448 575


The Priory Hospital
Priory Lane
London SW15 5JJ


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