Amanda Prabhakaran BA(Hons) Accred BABCP, Registered Mental Health Nurse
At times we all experience difficulty and become overwhelmed, distressed and stuck. I offer a chance to work with people to make changes and to help them move forward and manage in a different way. We all have pressures in life, which can be unwanted and unexpected. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help with change. I have a very caring approach using compassion and kindness. We know that everything changes and nothing lasts and I hope to be able to help with these challenges.
I have many years of experience in mental health starting from when I studied psychology. I have worked extensively in the addiction field and moved to becoming a mental health nurse. As a registered mental health nurse, I have worked in in-patient and community settings with people experiencing anxiety, depression and stress to very severe psychosis. I gained a post graduate certificate in addiction studies from Leicester Medical School when working alongside people who used drugs and alcohol.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years of experience in mental health starting from when I studied psychology. I also completed a years training with the 'Scottish Council on Alcohol', which is Cognitive Behavioural therapy based. I continued to practice this by doing voluntary work with people with alcohol and drug problems.
I remained in the voluntary sector and continued to work around drug and alcohol issues. This became more focused on young people and I started to offer counselling and therapy in schools and supported young people with a range of issues from bullying. teenage pregnancy and sexual health issues.
I wanted to remain in mental health and decided to train as a mental health nurse and gained a lot of experience with this. I continue to be registered and I'm currently a registered member of the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council)
Due to my keen interest and practical experience of seeing how non-drug talking treatments can be very effective in changing people's lives for the better, I decided to train as a cognitive behavioural therapist at the University of Birmingham. I continue to work as a therapist using evidence based treatment protocols. I also work with using third wave cognitive behavioural therapy which includes Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Compassion.
Using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based approach, I encourage people to look at the relationship between how we think, feel and what we do, in order to understand what might be contributing to or maintaining your experiences right now. By understanding more about these relationships we aim to evaluate them and make changes in these areas, thus enabling you to feel differently and move in the direction of your goals. It is a brief, structured therapy, focusing on understanding what's going on in the here and now for you. It does involve practice between sessions.
I work with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, low self confidence and self-esteem issues and believe that people can change when given the right environment, tools and motivation. CBT is very much a 'doing' therapy where I will encourage individuals to work towards goals and learn skills.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you are interested in my approach to feeling better about yourself, please email me and give me the best telephone number to contact you on. I will happily phone you to discuss your best way forward and to see if therapy would be of benefit to you. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions. There is no charge for this and it would give you the chance for us to discuss your issues and move forwards. Once you have decided if you would like to work together my fee is £60 per hour.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays only from 10am until 6.30pm
Types of client