Amanda Goss MBACP PGDip MA (Couns)
St Anns House
St Anns Street
I am a Psychotherapist and Counsellor working in private practice in lovely offices in the centre of Kings Lynn and as part of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Counselling and also have a practice in Hunstanton. I also work from Harley Street London. (www.harleystpsychotherapy.com) please see separate page listing for this service.
I work part time for Mind as the Lead High Intensity Counsellor at West Norfolk Mind. I hold a Masters in Counselling and I am a member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I am also a member of East Anglian Counselling Alliance, a group of Counsellors who cover the Norfolk and Suffolk area. (www.eastangliacounsellingalliance.com). I work to BACP's ethical framework and code of practice for counsellors and psychotherapists. I work alongside companies in London working with Nurses, Kings Lynn Borough Council, various local solicitors, as well as taking referrals from other local high schools and doctors surgeries. I write a mental health/agony column for Let's Talk magazine.
I am also a qualified Focus Oriented Psychotherapist, and Focusing Trainer.
I hold an enhanced CRB. I regularly undertake training to keep up to date with developments within psychotherapy. I was also a Trainee Trainer on the 2011 Post Graduate Diploma In Counselling Course at the University of East Anglia.
After going through several difficult issues of my own I finally sought the help of a Therapist. It was a life changing experience for me, and one which has enabled me to lead a happier and more fulfilled life. I was very nervous about seeking counselling and lucky to find an excellent Counsellor with whom I felt comfortable. I do therefore understand how important it is to find a Therapist with whom you feel completely at ease, so feel free to call me for an informal chat.
I work with adults on a variety of difficult issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, couples counselling, divorce and separation, abuse, low self-esteem, stress, bereavement, self-harm, loneliness, suicidal feelings, separation anxiety, eating disorders, ocd, anger management, addiction, work issues, lack of motivation etc. amongst others.
I work with young people and I am currently taking referrals from High Schools. Having worked as an Employment Support Officer for 16-18 year olds and as a University Counsellor, I am familiar with the pressures that this age group encounter. I have worked extensively with young people to help them gain confidence and motivation and with training or employment. I work with other companies providing Counselling for employees.
I hold counselling sessions at my comfortable, quiet consulting room at St Ann's House, St Ann's Street, right in the centre of Kings Lynn around the corner from Tuesday Market Place. The sessions will be for a duration of 50 minutes. I also work from Hunstanton, covering the North Norfolk coast.
I also offer Skype Counselling which is becoming more and more popular. Perhaps you travel often or cannot get into Kings Lynn, or maybe it is difficult for you to fit the travel time into your busy week. Skype sessions are as effective as face to face counselling and quick and easy to set up. Contact me for details and we can try a first session to see if you are comfortable with it before we plan more sessions.
Our time together will be spent exploring the issues that you bring in a safe and supporting environment. Together we will work on the issues which are affecting your life to find a way for you to deal with what is going on for you, and help you to resolve them so that you can feel happier and more at ease. I understand that it can be very difficult to talk about certain issues and I will try to help you feel as comfortable with this as is possible.
If you would like more information please don't hesitate to call me. I am very happy to have a chat on the phone and answer any questions you may have before we make the appointment. We can then arrange a first session, at the end of which you and I can decide if we will carry on. I look forward to meeting you.
(If you would like to see testimonials, these can be found on my London Practice website: www.harleysttherapy.com under the tab 'Articles and Testimonials'.
Additional Specialist Therapy Offered:
I also offering Skype counselling for clients abroad, Please contact me via email for details
Build Confidence and Make Friends
I am starting a series of small monthly groups for ladies only. The purpose of the groups is to provide a safe, welcoming space to come and meet people who want to build their confidence and make some new friends without being judged or feeling awkward. Please contact me and I can tell you all about it and answer any questions you may have. The group will take place in the centre of Kings Lynn at my office, once per month for three hours. It's a great opportunity to meet people and experience the amazing dynamics and friendships that can happen when like-minded people get together in a group.
Focusing is a safe way of being with an experience, even one which is disturbing. It is an ability that most of us have and can develop; a way of listening to our subtle inner feelings. It is a way of accessing what we know but are maybe not aware of; our own kind of truth. When we do this, what we find is often new, surprising, fresh and extremely satisfying and even when we are being with the most terrible feelings in a focusing way, it can actually feel good.
If we are Focusing with a problem or difficulty, it may start to shift by itself in a direction that we haven’t expected. It can provide us with answers/solutions to difficulties. Focusing can be learned so that it can be used in everyday life to help us find an easier way of being with a problem, or even a solution to it. It can be used to help make difficult decisions. It is a useful aid to stress relief and personal development and can help you to feel calmer, happier and generally more at peace.
I provide one to one focusing sessions where we can either look at a particular issue that is bothering you, or use it as a means of gaining clarity and perspective.
I also provide focusing training so that you can use the technique by yourself, or with a partner, once you have completed your course of sessions.
Focusing sessions last 45 minutes and I see clients for focusing once a week for an agreed period. Please contact me for more details.
Focusing Stress Buster
There are more and more instances where stress and/or mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are affecting the workplace. Companies are losing money due to staff sickness when people are signed off with stress or depression. I was aware that this was becoming more and more of an issue, and having experienced inability to work through stress some years before, I wanted to look into a way to reduce stress in the workplace. This resulted in my Masters dissertation: ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace: An investigation into the benefits of using Focusing techniques to address stress and as an aid to personal and professional wellbeing and development’ (Goss, A. 03/2012).
I carried out a series of weekly focusing sessions with staff and management of a leading mental health organisation. The study concluded that if an individual takes part in regular focusing sessions, their stress levels will lessen.
It also highlighted that focusing was also a form of personal development. Participants in the study reported significant and sometimes life changing insights after a series of focusing sessions. Most participants had no knowledge or experience of focusing or counselling prior to the study, but reported that they found it easy to understand and take part in.
I provide Focusing Stress-Busting Sessions either at my consulting room or in-house on a six weekly session basis. Please contact me for further details and prices for you or your staff members.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Arts (Counselling)
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling/Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Certificate in Focus Oriented Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Supervision (BACP Endorsed) Current
Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Current)
Qualified Diet Consultant
Life Coaching Certificate
Certificate in Interpersonal Therapy Part A
Certificate in Counselling for Depression Part A (NHS IAPT Training)
Certificate in Counselling for Depression Part B (current) (NHS IAPT Training)
Equal Opportunities & Diversity
Safeguarding & Safer Recruitment
My career is varied and spans a vast range of experience of working with people from all backgrounds in all situations. This includes working in radio; for a cancer charity; with young people as a support worker; recruitment consultant; and University Counsellor working with both young and mature students. I am also a qualified diet consultant with a leading brand.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- 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
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- 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
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also provide Life Coaching and Careers & Employment Coaching/Advice.
I also work with issues surrounding disability.
I can also provide Focusing Training and one to one Focusing Sessions.
If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please do feel free to contact me for more information.
One to one counsellings sessions: £60
Skype Counselling Sessions: £70.
Couples Counselling: £80 per session.
Families Counselling: £80 per session.
Focusing one to one sessions or Focusing Training £55 per session.
Friends Indeed Group Session: £25 per month
I mentor and supervise Trainee Counsellors and currently have spaces with Counsellors in their third year of counselling training. The Counsellor in Training has worked for a Mental Health Charity in various support roles, has a BA Hons in Psychosocial Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling Skills. She is now a third year trainee counsellor working towards achieving an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling which means she needs to gain her 100 hours clinical practice to fully qualify.
I have every faith in her abilities as she has practical experience gained as an Intensive Support Worker within mental health care, providing supportive relationships that enable clients to develop personal skills such as confidence and resilience in taking part in everyday activities.
Trainees are fully supervised and supported by fully trained, qualified and experienced Counsellors. If you are happy to see a Trainee you will have an assessment session to see which would be most suited to your issue. Sessions with Trainee's are at a concessionary rate of £35. Please contact me to discuss.
Like many of us I have had to deal with some difficulties in my life. After many years searching for a fulfilling career in the helping profession, I trained as a Psychotherapist and I love the job that I do, particularly as I have been on the receiving end of therapy and I know that it can be life changing.
Lots of us just need someone neutral to talk to who will not judge us and who will have great empathy for what we are going through. Lots of us need help to come to terms with what we have been through in life and help us find a way to lead a happier and more fulfilled life. Perhaps you have a particular issue or perhaps you are not quite sure yet what is making life difficult for you.
If you have any concerns that you would like me to answer with regards to counselling/psychotherapy I would be happy to answer them for you if I can. What I always suggest is that we have a first session to see how we get on. If you feel that the session went well and you are comfortable with me we can arrange further sessions. If, for any reason, you don't feel that it's quite right for you, then I will help you find another Counsellor, or perhaps another avenue you might explore. It's so important for you to feel totally at ease so that we can work together on the issues.
Please feel free to call me or email me and I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting you too.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please contact me to discuss availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer Person Centred Supervision for Counsellors in private practice.View supervision profile