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Julia Samuel

Psychotherapist Julia Samuel is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the psychotherapist, Julia Samuel.

Counsellor for Paediatrics at London's St Mary's hospital, Paddington, she works with parents whose children have died and children who've experienced loss themselves. She is a Vice President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, an Honorary Fellow of Imperial College and Founder Patron of The Child Bereavement Trust - now Child Bereavement UK.

One of five children, she was born into the banking line of the Guinness family. She describes her childhood as rather old-fashioned - her governess was an important figure in her life. As a young woman she worked in Paris and then set up her own interior decorating business. But it was her work with the charity, Birthright that lead to her finding her vocation as a counsellor. In the late 1980s she met and became close friends with Princess Diana who was both a supporter of the Child Bereavement Trust and godmother to her son. Today Julia Samuel is one of Prince George's godparents.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 6 Mar 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • James Brown

    Good Good Lovin'

    • Star Time Disc 1 Mr Dynamite.
    • POLYDOR.
  • The Beatles

    All You Need Is Love

    • The Beatles 1.
    • APPLE.
  • Neil Diamond

    Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)

    • Neil Diamond: 20 Golden Hits.
    • MCA.
  • Elton John

    Something About the Way You Look Tonight

    • Candle in the Wind 1997.
    • ROCKET.
  • Eric Clapton

    Tears in Heaven

    • Diana Princess Of Wales: Tribute CD1.
    • V2 ?.

    • Ella Fitzgerald

      Blue Moon

      • The Rodgers and Hart Songbook, Vo. 2.
      • VERVE.
  • Meredith Brooks


    • The Best Anthems… Ever!.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No. 2

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
    • Rachmaninov: London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
    • IMP Classics.

    Other Men's Flowers: An Anthology of Poetry edited by A P Wavell


    A notebook and a pen her mother gave her


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Julia Samuel
Producer Cathy Drysdale


  • Sun 1 Mar 2015 11:15
  • Fri 6 Mar 2015 09:00

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