Amanda Brockman MBACP
41 Van Diemans Lane
Littlemore Therapy Room
Oxford Natural Health Centre
3 Church Cowley Road
07501 252146 / 07501 252146
I am a Humanistic Therapeutic Counsellor, and the way I work is based on Transactional Analysis.
I offer a safe, empathic, non-judgemental and confidential space in which to explore any issues that may be concerning you.
Are you ready for change? Taking the first step and deciding to work with a counsellor in a therapeutic relationship is a big step and you may be feeling apprehensive or nervous. You may have expectations about what counselling is.Together we will take joint responsibility to set goals and work towards achieving whatever change you want to make.
How do I work?
I can offer short term or long term face to face counselling. Our work is always mutual and I offer a safe and confidential space in which to explore previous decisions you have made and to understand the direction and patterns of your life. Our work together can help you to trust your decisions; and to think and act as an individual improving the way you feel about yourself. Transactional Analysis is a humanistic approach and focuses on the here and now concept. My aim is to support you to work with these processes to allow changes that occur naturally.
I wonder if you have had an interaction in which you and the other person ends up feeling bad and you find yourself with feelings of hurt, anger, sadness and confusion, leaving you asking the question 'how does this keep happening'?
It can be painful and isolating and could leave you feeling surprised, and yet with the realisation that the same sort of thing has happened to you before.
You may be finding life difficult and struggling to 'be' in the world. Perhaps you find relationships almost impossible.
What is Humanistic Counselling?
The main goals of humanistic counselling are to find out how individuals perceive themselves here and now and to recognise growth, self-direction and responsibilities.
This method is optimistic and attempts to help individuals recognise their strengths by offering a non-judgemental, understanding experience. In humanistic counselling the capacity for growth and fulfilment underlies the approach to all clients.
What is Transactional Analysis?
Transactional Analysis is a theory that involves an individual's growth and development. It is also a theory related to open communication, explaining the connections to our past and how this influences decisions we make.
Transactional Analysis was developed during the late 1950's by psychiatrist Eric Berne.
Berne recognised three key “ego-states” Parent, Adult and Child. The Parent ego state is a set of thoughts, feelings and behaviours we learnt from our parents, caregivers and other important people in our lives. The Adult ego state relates to direct responses to the 'here and now' that are not influenced by our past. The Child ego state is a set of thoughts, feelings and behaviours we learnt from our childhood.
The ego-states are a useful indicator to aid us in our work together for analysing unconscious scripts and identify the recurring patterns or "games" people play.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am bound by its Ethical Framework for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy
I am a member of UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis)
The Physiology of Trauma workshop with Fiona Dunkley
Certificate in Working with Sexual Violence, Rape and Disclosure with OSARCC (Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre)
Certificate in Healing the Past, Old Trauma and the Inner Family with Ken Mellor
Certificate in Attachment, Attachment Disorder, Trauma and Recovery with Joanna Beazley Richards
Certificate in Trauma and Recovery with Joanna Beazley Richards
Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (BACP Accredited)
Certificate in Early Trauma & The Recovery of the Spirit
Certificate in Working with Suicidal Clients
Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101
Counselling Skills (Level 3)
Introduction in Counselling (Level 2)
In addition to my counselling practice at The Wellbeing Clinic and The Oxford Natural Health Centre I have worked as a Volunteer Counsellor at The Olive Branch Counselling Agency in Winchester and at The Listening Centre in Oxford
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Counselling sessions are £45 payable at the time of the session
A sliding scale is available in case of financial difficulty
I require 24 hours notice of cancellation; if an appointment is cancelled within this period a charge will be made. This does not apply in exceptional circumstances
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available daytime and some evenings, please call me to discuss appointment times and booking
Types of client