Amanda Van Der Straaten Dip. Couns Reg MBACP

Amanda Van Der Straaten Dip. Couns Reg MBACP

Duncan Road


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Duncan Road


About me

Life can get us all down at one time or another. Sometimes we can end up feeling very stuck unable to see an alternative and trudging along not knowing how to make changes or even if change is what we need.

How I work
I am a Person Centred counsellor with experience of working with both adults and young people. I work in a non directive way, allowing my client to steer the work. My view is my client knows how they feel, my role is to help them to work out what they can, or want, to change, and if necessary support change. I came into contact with counselling initially as a client so I am well aware how daunting it may feel to make that first contact. I hope we can find the way through together, to a happier stronger you.

What happens next
When you make contact I would look to respond with 48 hours. We would then talk about making an appointment and arrange something mutually convenient.
In the first meeting we would see if the way I work would suit you and if we get on. At that point we would complete a (short) contract which would set out what we expect of each other. This is usually how often we would meet my fees what you can expect of me and my expectations of your attendance and how payment would be arranged.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a diploma in humanistic counselling. I have worked for the last four years for Young Healthy Minds a KCC commissioned service providing emotional well-being support to young people in Kent schools. Previously I have worked in a women's refuge dealing with the issues surrounding domestic violence and a Further Education College working with young adults who were experiencing emotional distress.

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£40 per session. (Some discounts may be available for those not in employment or suffering hardship)

Maps & Directions

Gillingham, ME7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I currently work Monday and Fridays and some evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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