Amber Middlemiss, MBACP (Accred)
Town House Barns
How can Counselling help?
I believe that people can resolve issues, work through problems and find greater levels of peace and self-acceptance, if consistently offered warmth, non-judgementalism and understanding, in a safe and well-bounded space. I also know that many people want some direction from their counsellor's training and experience and this I offer where appropriate.
I always value and affirm the experience of the client, and I am also prepared to offer a different viewpoint, to challenge ways of thinking and sometimes use and teach techniques such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Art Therapy. This approach has been effective over my twelve years of experience working with relationship and family issues, anxiety, depression, abuse, low self-esteem, terminal illness, bereavement, spirituality and many other types of problem.
How do I work?
I see the process as a shared endeavour with the client taking the lead with regard to content and direction, and me providing support, companionship and a fresh outlook embedded in my extensive training and experience working with a wide variety of issues, and with people who may simply feel down, confused or as if they have 'lost their way'.
I am compassionate and caring whilst also able to hold firm professional and ethical boundaries, and confidentiality and discretion are at the heart of my practice. I offer a safe, therapeutic space for you to work through whatever you wish, no matter what you choose to reveal and regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, life experience, spirituality or disability.
I do not work with couples but am very happy to talk to you individually about difficulties in your relationship and your options.
What to expect in the first session
I understand that choosing to start therapy can be very daunting and I am more than happy to speak with you by phone before you decide if you want to book a session, as I know how important it is to find someone that you will feel comfortable working with. In the first session we will discuss the boundaries of the counselling relationship and any worries, concerns or other issues that you may have. I will also need to gain a brief medical history from you including your GP's name and address in case of emergency.
At the end of this session it will be up to you whether or not you wish to continue seeing me. What you bring to counselling will be unique and so the number of sessions required will vary with each individual, and will proceed at your pace, booking each session week by week.
I am an Accredited member of the BACP, which is your assurance that my practice meets the BACP's standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.
Daytime, some evenings and occasional Saturday morning appointments available.
Extensive free car parking on site and easy access for those with limited mobility.
I charge £40 per session (50 minutes), Students £25.
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Training, qualifications & experience
Main qualification; Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Chester, 2006
CBT Assessment and Formulation
CBT for Anxiety
CBT for Depression
Managing Client Confidences
Ways of Working with Spirituality in Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapies
Responding to Psychological Trauma
Equality and diversity
I work part-time as a Practice Counsellor in a GP practice in Shropshire (and have for the last twelve years) where I encounter and work with people with a wide range of problems and issues including anxiety, depression and domestic and sexual abuse.
I spent 18 months working in a Bereavement Charity where, amongst others, I worked with people with learning difficulties and with military veterans.
Previously I qualified and worked as a Veterinary Surgeon and I am therefore experienced in working with Pet Bereavement.
I am doing some training within the Church of England which enables me to help people with a range of pastoral issues.
I also have experience working in a Hospice with people suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Religious and Pastoral issues
Photos & videos
£40 per 50 minute session. (Students £25)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Most weekdays, some evenings and Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|