Amy Smythe MBACP (Accred) - Centre For Counselling
I am an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist experienced at working with adults, couples, children and young people. In all my work I focus on developing a safe and supportive counselling relationship. Affecting change can seem frightening but having the support of a warm and trusting counselling relationship to return to makes this possible.
We all face difficulties at certain points in our life. These may impact us emotionally and affect our well being or make it hard to manage different parts of our lives such as our work or relationships. Seeking help can feel frightening and difficult but having a helping hand to support you through your difficulties can provide an opportunity for healthy change.
Counselling for Adults
There are many circumstances when counselling and psychotherapy can help you. You may be in a time of crisis or an event in your past may be affecting the way you are living your life. You may be grieving or struggling to manage your thoughts, feelings or actions. Whatever your reason for seeking a counsellor, I understand how daunting the process can be and seek to take the fear out of it for you.
Counselling provides you with an opportunity to gain insight in to your present situation, feelings and behaviour. By doing so you will be better able to understand and make a clear and informed choice about your future options in life. This process allows you to talk about your feelings or concerns within a confidential and supportive environment.
Counselling for Children and Young People
There may be times in a child or young person's life when they struggle to manage their thoughts, feelings or actions. They may have lost a loved one, experienced a family breakdown or be struggling with their own self esteem. It may feel impossible to speak about this with family or friends.
A child or young person's world is very different to that of an adult's. My counselling sessions reflect that. They are often filled with games and exercises that ease the process of talking about feelings. By encouraging the use of their imagination a child or young person can be helped to understand problematic situations, feelings or emotions.
Throughout these sessions the cornerstone of my practice remains the same, namely, the creation of a safe and trusting counselling relationship. By helping a child or young person to understand their thoughts and feelings it becomes possible to consider other ways of feeling or behaving in a safe environment. Problems and feelings that may have seemed huge or unmanageable can be seen in a new light and children and young people are able to take this learning in to their everyday life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP Accred) and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice*.
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist*.
* Being an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists means that the individual has achieved a substantial level of training and experience that has been approved by the BACP. (as defined by www.BACP.co.uk)
* To become a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist, the individual has achieved accreditation through a recognised UKRCP accrediting organisation such as BACP. The UKRCP is an unbiased national register of counsellors. (as defined by www.BACP.co.uk)
Qualifications and Experience:
- PG Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Central England)
- Certificate in Couples & Relationship Counselling
- Mindful Self-Compassion
- Helping Young People Cope with Loss and Change
- Advocating for Children and Young People
- Child Protection Training
- B.A.(Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts
I have worked with adults and children in a variety of private and voluntary sector settings. This has involved providing short, medium and long-term therapy for a wide range of concerns. Initially practising at the Fireside Day Centre (Birmingham) I then went on to work within St. Martin's Centre for Health and Healing (Birmingham); a service offering counselling to individuals who were also experiencing or facing homelessness, family breakdown or addiction. In 2007 I established the Centre For Counselling. I work with adults, children and young people on a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, chronic fatigue, self-harm, eating disorders, abuse, unresolved childhood issues, family breakdown and bereavement. I am an experienced bereavement counsellor, providing counselling to adults, children and young people at a local hospice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
unresolved childhood issues
low self esteem
Counselling (50 minute session) - £45
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Wednesday, daytime appointments.
Types of client