Amanda Smith MCS

Amanda Smith MCS

Brise Close
Braintree
Essex
CM7 1BP

01376 550570 / 07905190411

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Brise Close
Braintree
Essex
CM7 1BP

01376 550570 / 07905190411

About me

I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor a member of the National Counselling Society, working with individuals, couples and children. I also work with families, to assist with relationship  breakdowns and any other problems they may be going through.

The type of therapy I use is intervention, using different models to help you understand your present situation. These models are CBT, Person Centred, Psychodynamics and Transactional Analysis, which all allow a personal therapy plan that is best for you.

I have worked with many clients, who present different types of issues including abuse, depression, anxiety & panic attacks, confidence - low self esteem and self worth, relationship problems, issues from childhood, bereavement, Illness, alcohol and drug addiction.

My specialties are:

  • anger management
  • bereavement
  • all relationship problems (both couple and individual)
  • stress and anxiety
  • addictions
  • OCD
  • and eating disorders.

Relationships are affected due to a breakdown in the lack of communication and understanding. You start to feel frustrated and trapped, even unsupported. This is the time where help may be needed, to gain understanding, to the reasons to why you feel the way you do.

Bereavement Counselling is also one of the many other areas I work. When we lose a loved one, we find ourselves lost, we feel shock, denial and despair. We yearn and search for the ones we love, and feel life will never be the same again. Bereavement counselling helps you to recognise, all that you are feeling is very normal. You are not going mad, you are just lost and empty without the one you loved so dearly.

Sometimes the need to talk to someone is often thought about, but not always followed through. It can be very difficult to talk to a partner, family member or friend about things that are affecting us. As we hold ourselves back, from expressing how we really feel, from fear of being a burden or causing worry to them. Contacting a counsellor can be a large step to take, but it may well be the best thing you ever did.

My aim is to offer you a safe, confidential place for you to explore your problems, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I will help you work through your issues, and assist you in learning to understand, who you are. Which will help you to gain new insights enabling you to move forward in your life more positively.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
Certificated levels 1,2,3, EFT Practitioner
Certificated EMDR Practitioner
Distinction Diploma Reflexology
Reiki Degree 1 and 2
Accredited member of the Counselling Society
Accredited member of the Hypnotherapy Society
Fully Supervised
Fully insured

My Training

I trained at college, reaching Diploma levels in all my therapy qualifications. I attend new courses to extend my knowledge, in order for me to bring useful tools of therapy, to the assistance of each of my clients. I enjoy the challenge in finding the answer to any given situation we find ourselves going through.

I am on the panel of the Excalibur Legal Service helping their clients to overcome road traffic accidents or work related accidents.
Also the panel of Moving Minds Organisation,which is an independent organisation specialising in the psychological issues related to trauma and absence from work. I help assess and treat their clients.
The type of counselling I often use in these situations are CBT and Transactional Analysis and also EFT and EMDR Therapies, which clients find very rewarding and encourages them to move towards the path to being themselves again.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding Counselling and Psychotherapy services Braintree. If you leave a message, I will return your call as soon as possible, you will not be left waiting for a reply. If you do not receive a reply email, it will be due to the email not reaching me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

NCS

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet Bereavement
Gender issues
Children's health care

Fees

Consultation £45

Following Sessions £45

Concessions are available for those on low income.

Fees are subject to change on an annual basis

Cancellation of Appointments

A 48-hour notice policy has to be followed either by speaking to me personally or by leaving a message on my answer machine on either landline or mobile. If an appointment is cancelled on the day, full charge is incurred.
I can I can arrange an appointment for another day of the week your appointment was arranged.

Areas I cover and where your sessions take place.

I counsel clients in the Braintree and surrounding areas, Bishop Stortford, Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Sible Headingham.

Your counselling will take place, in a specially allocated room in my private practise. Complete confidentiality is given a place where you can express the things you have hidden from others without feeling judged in any way. You will find me, very emphatic, supportive, understanding - someone you can trust.

The initial consultation and following sessions are for 1 hour. You will be able to talk at your own pace, only touching on areas you feel comfortable discussing at the time. We will get to know each other a little  and start to explore your concerns.

Further information

Testimonials

Here are a few testimonials, past clients have kindly wrote. I have retained client identity as I believe in complete confidentiality.

“Amanda gets to the heart of the problem quickly and professionally” anonymous.

“If you have an issue that is getting you down you really do need to make the effort to get it resolved, I did and the results I achieved with Amanda’s help were amazing” anonymous.

“Amanda guides you through the darkness with skill and understanding until you can see the light once again” anonymous.

“I was broken, Amanda helped me heal” anonymous.

“Amanda’s dedication and thoughtfulness helped me recover my self-esteem and allowed me to make a new life for myself” anonymous.

Maps & Directions

Braintree, CM7 1BP

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

My hours of work are: 9am - 9pm Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm Saturday Available Sunday if necesary

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
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