Amanda Asserati MBACP Accred. UKRC & NRMSAC Reg. Approved Adoption Counsellor
01252 834864 / 07790 169235
I have 20 years experience working in Private Practice and for various organisations, which currently include NHS, Barnardo's (Link) and most well known Private Healthcare Insurance Providers (EAP's). I aim to offer a highly professional, sensitive and confidential Counselling Service.
It is important that you feel comfortable with a Counsellor, otherwise you will not gain the most from your sessions. Therefore, when you contact me for the first time, I will offer you a Consultation, during which you will be able to ask me any questions you may have and I can assess how to best help you.
I will ask you to arrive at the allocated time and, if early, to wait in your car. This is so that I can maintain your confidentiality and that of others that I may be seeing before you.
We will meet in a private room on the side of my house, which I hope you will find a safe space for you to explore what is happening in your life.
At the end of the Consultation, I will ask you if you would like to have some Counselling. You will be under no obligation to book further sessions but, if you would like to do so, these will be for one hour and booked on a weekly/fortnightly basis (I can be flexible for those who work shifts). You are in charge of how many sessions you have and we will regularly assess your progress together, in order to ensure you are receiving the very best of help.
Within our counselling relationship, I will see you as a unique individual and I will endeavour not to form an opinion as to what kind of person you are or judge you in any way. My interest is in helping you understand yourself and explore how your life can be satisfying, by taking responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
If you change anything at all about yourself it will be because you want to, not because I think you ought to.
We will spend most of our time together talking, but it won't be like the conversations you are used to. You will be in charge of the 'agenda', and I will do my best to understand what you want to achieve and help you to do so. You may find that there are times when you don't really know what to say or you might want to think about something before you say the words. You might even feel like saying nothing for a while which is fine by me. I will be happy to wait until you want to talk.
I will try to understand how you are experiencing your world and what is happening to you. Consequently, I will often reflect back what I have understood you to be saying and how you might be feeling. You will then have an opportunity to check on how well I understood you.
I use an Integrative Humanistic Approach, making use of Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Models.
I have also integrated a Psychodynamic, Task Orientated and Cognitive Behavioural flavour to my work, which I find very useful.
My Approach provides me with the tools to offer my client(s) various ways of exploring their feelings and emotions. By looking at how they communicate with me, I can vary techniques according to the needs of my individual client(s), in order to avoid confusion/misunderstanding.
I have made a serious commitment to working with issues of difference and equality. Therefore, I regularly attend workshops focussing on these issues, along with other regular training courses to inform my practice and enable me to provide a safe and highly professional service.
As do all counsellors, I have ongoing formal consultative support (Supervision) for my work in accordance with professional requirements. This is so that I can regularly monitor and review my work to maintain good practice. During these meetings I will only be discussing what my thoughts were in our sessions, therefore maintaining client confidentiality.
COUNSELLING HELPS LOTS OF PEOPLE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES. I WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT YOU BUT, YOU ARE THE ONE THAT WILL DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT YOU MAKE ANY CHANGES.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A.C.P. Accredited - British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
U.K.R.C. Registered - United Kingdom Register of Counsellors
N.R.M.S.A.C. - National Register of Male Sexual Assault Counsellors
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
IAPT Counselling for Depression
Approved Adoption Counsellor via Barnardo's Link
Certified Rape & Sexual Abuse Counsellor
Certified Relationship Counsellor
Certified & Accredited Bereavement Counsellor
Certified Drug/Alcohol/Gambling Counsellor
Certified Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing
Plus many other training Courses attended.
Private Practice - Counsellor and Supervisor
Registered Provider for many Private Healthcare Insurance Companies (Employee Assistance Programmes)
NHS Primary Care Trust (GP Surgeries)
NHS Drug/Alcohol Service
Rape & Sexual Abuse Crisis
Cruse Bereavement Care - Counsellor and Supervisor
Drug & Alcohol Service
Surrey Trauma Support - Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing
Adoption - Birth/Adoptive families plus Adopted Children/Adults.
Rape & Childhood Sexual Abuse (inc. Male Rape & Childhood Abuse)
Relationships (inc. Gay/Lesbian relationships)Divorce & Seperation
Bereavement/loss (inc. Child Loss, Miscarriage, Bereaved Children)
Addictions - Drug, Alcohol & Gambling
Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing
P.T.S.D. & Trauma
Eating Disorders (inc. Anorexia, Bullimia or Binge Eating)
Work Related Problems (Including bullying)
Low Self Esteem
Terminal or Serious Illnesses
Employee Assistance Counselling
Counselling for Student Counsellors
Also, I run Workshops/Training on various subjects and I am a Counselling Supervisor both 1-1 and in groups.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues associated with Adoption.
For successful Counselling, it is important that you feel comfortable with a counsellor. To this end, our first meeting will be a Consultation, where you can ask any questions you may have before you decide to commence counselling and I can also see if I am able to help you.
Consultation is £30.00 for up to one hour.
Individuals £45.00 for one hour.
Couples £50.00 for one hour.
In exceptional circumstances and for students, I may consider offering a concession which will be discussed during the Consultation.
Fees are payable one session in advance (the first payment due on our first meeting). I am happy to accept online payments or cash.
CAN I USE MY PRIVATE HEALTHCARE INSURANCE?
Yes. I am a Registered Provider with most well known Private Healthcare Insurance Companies (Employee Assistance Programmes). Please find me via the Company Website where you will be given an Authorisation Code or contact me for details.
WHAT ABOUT CANCELLATIONS?
I ask for 24 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise I may charge the full session fee. Obviously, there may be exceptional circumstances, which will be taken into consideration.
WHEN CAN I COME FOR SESSIONS?
My working hours are:-
Monday - Friday - 8 a.m. until 10.00 p.m. (Please note that I only work two evenings per week, which get busy. I, therefore, recommend booking early).
HOW LONG IS A SESSION?
A counselling session lasts for approximately one hour.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This is something only you will know and you will be in charge of when you feel you want to stop.
It is important to me that you gain the most from your sessions, so I will be checking out how things are going for you on a regular basis.
IS EVERYTHING CONFIDENTIAL?
In accordance with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Code of Ethics, I will offer you the highest possible level of confidentiality, in order to respect your privacy and create the trust necessary for counselling. This means that anything you say to me is confidential and no information will be given to any other person without your permission.
However, there are exceptions to this policy and they are if I feel you to be at risk of causing harm to yourself or others or I am summoned by a Court of Law. These exceptions apply to all counselling agencies and counsellors and I will be happy to provide further information if required.
WHAT ABOUT EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES?
I am committed to equal opportunities, aiming to ensure that each client is treated as unique and will be seen regardless of age, gender, culture, disability, background or sexuality.
AFTER THE CONSULTATION DO I HAVE TO BOOK ANOTHER SESSION?
No. You are under no obligation to do so.
WHAT IF THERE ARE THINGS THAT I FIND HARD TO TALK ABOUT?
I will not push you into talking about anything you do not want to - this will take time and trust. I am here to support you in your journey.
I am not here to judge you but to help you to understand yourself and explore how your life can be satisfying, by taking responsiblity for your own thoughts, feelings and behaviour. If you change anything at all about yourself, it will be because you want to, not because I think you ought to.
If you get upset during a session that is ok with me. Tears are a way of expressing emotion and it is better to cry outwardly than inwardly.
WHAT IS SUPERVISION?
As do all counsellors, I have ongoing formal consultative support for my work in accordance with professional requirements. This is so that I can regularly monitor and review my work to maintain good practice. During these meetings I will only be discussing what my thoughts were in our sessions, therefore maintaining client confidentiality.
ARE YOU INSURED?
I am covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance and have had an Enhanced Police Check.
DO YOU HAVE FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED?
My room is on the ground floor with a toilet nearby, however I do not have wheelchair access. If a client is unable to come to my Practice due to physical needs, I will be happy to consider home visits.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
If you think that you would like to try counselling, you can either:-
E'mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone - 01252 834864 (Mobile: 07790169235)
These are confidential lines. If I do not answer, please leave a message and the best time I can contact you and I will then get back to you as soon as possible.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes and evenings. As I may be with a client when you call, please leave a message on one of my confidential voicemails or email and I will get back to you asap.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have a Level 6 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (Hawkins & Shohet Seven-Eyed Model) and over 16 years experience working in many areas of counselling (please see my details under Counselling).View supervision profile