Amanda Lusty BA (Hons) MBACP (Snr Accred) EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
Woosehill Medical Centre
Wokingham Therapy Clinic
49 Denmark Street
07730 586749 / 07730 586749
There are times when life can feel like an uphill struggle. My therapy room at Woosehill Medical Centre and the Wokingham Therapy Clinic (Town Centre location) offers individuals and couples the space to be heard in a non-judgemental, confidential and safe environment. Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings offering you the choice to try out new ways of relating, to gain control of your life and move forward.
Counselling can help you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, increase your self esteem and confidence thus allowing you to live your life more fully. I will aim to facilitate and encourage you to trust yourself, make your own choices and find your own answers.
Counselling can be used solely for personal growth, or other reasons may include:
Abuse Addiction Anger Management Anxiety Bereavement Depression Divorce Lack of Motivation Panic Attacks Redundancy Relationship Difficulties Self Esteem Sexuality Stress Management Work Related Difficulties.
I am a Counselling Psychotherapist and founder partner of Serafina Counselling Partnership. I utilise various models of Humanistic and Solution Focussed therapy to offer my clients short or long term therapy. I have experience within an NHS Surgery and run a private practice at Woosehill Medical Centre, Wokingham and at The Wokingham Therapy Clinic, Wokingham town centre.
I graduated from Greenwich University with a BA (Hons) in Counselling and I am a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and abide by their ethical framework for good practice.
I also practice EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and I am a Europe Accredited Practitioner. EMDR is a therapy that stimulates the brain's natural healing processes to resolve trauma and difficulties, especially where there are presenting symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, high levels of anxiety and hyper arousal. It was developed by Francine Shapiro and was primarily used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but is now used worldwide to treat a wide range of distressing symptoms. EMDR is well evidenced as a successful treatment, and is one of the few trauma treatments recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) For further information do contact me, or view EMDR UK & Ireland Association website.
I am trained and experienced in helping couples find a deeper understanding of each other and their relationship. Problems within a relationship can often be driven by each individual's past experiences or family culture. Therapy offers the space to explore how these issues may have an impact on the relationship today.
I should emphasise that as a Person-Centred therapist I aim to offer support to both parties and I consider that the client in this process is the relationship. I would like to offer reassurance that I will not 'take sides' or try to influence one party more than the other, and I recognise that this is one fear that often stops couples seeking therapy.
One of the aims of couples therapy is to learn to listen to each other and to share thoughts and ideas in a safe setting. This shared experience can be used as a powerful tool to strengthen the core of your relationship. The art of communication is often lost in the stresses of a busy life or when major life experiences such as redundancy, financial issues, bereavement, the arrival of a new baby or a sense of disappointment that life is not taking the direction you planned impacts upon your relationship.
My approach to working with couples in a Person-Centred way invites both partners to express their needs and communicate authentically with each other. I will work with you to find ways of communicating with each other to help resolve conflict and bring closeness and awareness to the relationship.
If however you have already resolved to part, couples therapy can also be used to negotiate and mediate a successful parenting relationship thereby creating a more secure and loving environment for your children.
I am a BACP Senior Accredited therapist with a busy private practice at Woosehill Medical Centre and the Wokingham Therapy Clinic in Wokingham Town Centre.
I currently offer individual supervision and have done for many years. I have now decided to undertake a Diploma in Supervision. I offer supervision to both experienced and student counsellors in line with the BACP Ethical Framework.
My aim is to provide a warm, non judgemental and collaborative relationship. I will aim to provide the right balance of support and challenge enabling you to reflect on your practice and the relationship between yourself and your clients. I will help you develop your individual and unique style of working in accordance with your theoretical orientation and training. I will help you to develop and grow as a therapist and to ensure safe and ethical practice.
My fee for supervision is £60 per hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Counselling, Greenwich University, London
Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
FdA Counselling, Greenwich University, London
CPCAB Understanding Substance Misuse
Couples Counselling training
Solution Focussed Therapy
Enhanced CRB checked
EMDR Therapy, Royal College of Surgeons, London - Member of EMDR UK & Ireland
Membership Number L0195
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
£50 for individual counselling (50 minutes) - if self funded
£60 for couples counselling (50 minutes) - if self funded
£60 for EMDR Therapy (60 minutes) - if self funded
Many clients have healthcare insurance policies that cover my fees if you have been referred by a General Practitioner or Psychiatrist.
Healthcare provider for: Simplyhealth
I offer a discounted fee for students currently studying a counselling course.
HOME VISITS considered dependent on reason, location and availability.
Individuals £75 and couples £80 for a 60 minute session.
Free parking at Woosehill Medical Centre.
Wokingham Therapy Clinic - pay and display parking opposite on Denmark Street which is free from 6pm.
'Life, at its best, is a flowing, changing process in which nothing is fixed.' (Rogers, 1961)
What benefits can I expect?
Counselling can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, increasing your self esteem and confidence thus allowing you to live life more fully.
As a person-centred counsellor I aim to facilitate you to trust yourself, make your own choices and find your own answers;
'When a person comes to me, troubled by his unique combination of difficulties, I have found it most worth while to try to create a relationship with him in which he is safe and free. It is my purpose to understand the way he feels in his own inner world, to accept him as he is, to create an atmosphere of freedom in which he can move in his thinking and feeling and being, in any direction he desires.' (Rogers, 1961)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Woosehill Medical Centre - Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Wokingham Therapy Clinic - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|