Amy Irving BACP Accredited Counsellor
East Riding Of Yorkshire
WHAT I OFFER
My name is Amy; thank you for taking the time to look at my page. I am a counsellor with therapeutic experience working with clients across a range of issues in both the charity and private sectors. I specialise in bereavement and loss counselling and have over ten years experience working with children and young people in therapeutic and educational settings.
I am passionate about the long-term benefits of early therapeutic intervention. No matter your age, stage of life or issue, I aim to provide you with the time and space required to explore whatever is troubling you.
COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN
One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years (three in every classroom) has a mental health problem, and many continue to struggle with these problems into adulthood. Children are less likely to struggle if they receive support at an early age.
Private therapy offers you the flexibility and choice to get your child the best support possible. I work with children across a range of issues and will not turn you away because you do not meet a set threshold of symptoms.
We all experience occasions when it feels hard to speak to family members about the things that bother us. If you think counselling might help your child then please do not hesitate to get in touch. I will work with you to support your child and help them find their way through whatever is troubling them.
As a specialist in bereavement support I am experienced and trained in issues relating to grief and loss and dedicate much of my personal development to ongoing training in this area.
I am available for school or work-based therapy for students and staff following a sudden death, trauma or loss. I also provide training for schools on the impact of bereavement and loss on children and young people and the ways to support and manage this effectively within the school context.
CHERISHED SPACES: practical bereavement support
In addition to grief counselling I run a service called Cherished Spaces, providing practical home help for individuals and families following a bereavement. We support clients clear homes, organise loved one's possessions and sort through paperwork and important documentation following a death. As practitioners specialising in bereavement we are uniquely placed to understand the impact grief has on families and the additional practical support that can be beneficial in those early days and months of loss.
No project is too big or too small for Cherished Spaces and funding is available for families on low incomes. We offer a 30-minute free consultation with no obligation to book. Please go to www.cherishedspaces.co.uk for further information.
HELPING HANDS; THINKING HATS: Mental health programme for 7-11 year olds
I currently partner with several local primary schools and children's community groups in the Hull and East Riding region providing a mental health awareness programme for children aged 7-11 years called 'Helping Hands; Thinking Hats'.
The programme covers common mental health issues that children regularly find difficult. It can also be adapted to support those children who need specific help in one particular area. The sessions are suitable for one-to-one work or groups of up to 10 children and each session lasts for one hour.
The material is delivered through movement, creative work, reflection and discussion and is mindful of the age and developmental stage of the individual children concerned. The sessions cover material on anger, anxiety, bereavement, loss and sleep difficulties.
Schools and community groups are encouraged to get in touch if they would like further information on supporting their children and young people in this way.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME
As a BACP Accredited Counsellor I am able to provide counselling services tailored to the specific needs of your business. Stress is a major cause of short-term and long-term absence from work and as an employer, you may notice that your employee is finding life stressful, overwhelming and difficult to manage. Dealing with such issues through counselling can reduce the effects of anxiety and depression and the associated physical conditions, such as panic attacks and high blood pressure, often leading to absence through sickness.
Please get in touch for further information about how I can support your business in this way.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM COUNSELLING
Coming to counselling can be a daunting process but you've made the first step by looking at my profile here on Counselling Directory.
The next step is to email or call me. From there I can talk with you about how I might help and we can look at booking an initial appointment.
During this initial appointment we will have an opportunity to get to know each other and you can ask me any questions that will help you make the decision about whether I am the right counsellor for you.
If you decide to book further sessions then I will offer you a regular weekly appointment at a time and day that is convenient for you.
For younger clients these sessions may include an element of play, art and creativity to encourage, challenge and promote healthy behaviours. Sessions for children and young people are age-appropriate and tailored according to each child’s needs. Topics frequently explored include: anxiety, bullying, confidence, depression, family breakdown, phobias and self-esteem.
All client sessions last for 50 minutes. The number of sessions a client will require will very much depend on their unique situation and this will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Where possible I can indicate how long I think the work might take during our first session once we have discussed what issues we might explore.
Many clients use their sessions to offload those things that are troubling them. Others require more structure to their time and don’t always know what to talk about. I will seek to reassure and guide you through this process.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND RECORD KEEPING
An essential feature of counselling is that the information disclosed is treated confidentially in order to support clients to open up and share feelings without fear of blame or that their concerns will be discussed elsewhere. This confidentiality agreement includes not discussing the work with parents or carers, unless the young person requests or gives consent for this. I acknowledge that this isn’t an easy situation for parents, and it is quite natural for you to feel anxious about what may be being said in the sessions. There are limitations to confidentiality which will be discussed with you in the initial appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work as a private therapist for children, young people and adults across a range of issues from both my base in the city centre and within several local primary schools. In addition to this work I am also an Associate Counsellor for a variety of providers, all of whom offer short-term counselling for clients via an employee assistance programme.
My previous therapeutic experience includes Associate Counsellor roles at Time to Listen Counselling and Therapeutic Service, Let's Talk Depression and Anxiety Services Hull, the Hull Families Project and Bradford Counselling Services.
My academic training includes a BSc Degree in Psychology from Hull University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from York St John University.
Recent training I have undertaken includes:
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma
- Level 1 and Level 2 Award in British Sign Language
- Understanding Dissociation
- Introduction to CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy)
- Safeguarding: Children and Vulnerable Adults
- Prevent Training
- Using Creativity for self-development and to inform practice
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
All therapy sessions are £35 and last for 50 minutes. Payment can be made via cash or bank transfer. Please note that I operate a late cancellation policy where the full fee for the appointment must be paid for if cancelled 24 hours or less beforehand.
All schools and businesses looking to purchase therapeutic or training services are assessed on an individual basis. Please get in touch to discuss specific requirements.
My therapy room is based at Premier House located next to the train station and opposite House Of Fraser. Free parking is available at Tesco's in St Stephen's Shopping Centre, just a 5 minute walk from my premises.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I ensure ongoing professional development by attending courses and workshops and receive regular and ongoing clinical supervision.
I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Baring Service Certificate (DBS), formerly known as a CRB certificate, and private indemnity insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Monday - Friday for appointments 8am - 7pm. Further flexibility is available for online and telephone appointments. Please contact me for further information.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|