Amanda Smith DIP COUNS MCS DIP HYP LHS
I offer face to face, telephone, video link and online counselling, to those of you who would like to start counselling to help you with the very stressful time COVID 19 virus.
Sometimes the need to talk to someone is often thought about, but not always followed through. It can be very difficult to talk to a partner, family member or friend about things that are affecting us.
We hold ourselves back, from expressing how we really feel, from fear of being a burden or causing worry to them or in some cases, fear of making the problem worse.
Contacting me may feel daunting and a large step to take, but it may well be the best thing you ever did.
You may think contacting a counsellor means you've failed. This isn't so, you've just asked for help from someone who is qualified in all areas of an issue that's being experienced at this point in your life.
I have worked with many clients, who experience all types of issues including Abuse, Depression, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Confidence - Low Self Esteem and Self Worth, Relationship Difficulties, Issues from Childhood, Bereavement, Illness, Alcohol PTSD and much more.
The type of therapy I use to help you is intervention, using different models to guide you through understanding of your present situation. These models are CBT, Person Centred, Psychodynamics and Transactional Analysis, which allows a personal therapy plan that is best for you.
I also Use EFT and EMDR for Anxiety Depression Addictions and PTSD
My experience from running my private counselling business over the years has allowed me to help and support individuals, couples and teenagers. I also work with families, to assist with relationship breakdowns and any other problems they may be experiencing.
My specialties are:
- Anger Management
- All Types of relationship problems (both couple and individual)
- Stress, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks
- Eating Disorders.
I will give you a safe, confidential place, to express then explore issues that stem from thoughts, feelings and behaviours and your childhood. I will help you work through your issue, assisting you to learn and understand, who you are and who you want to become.
You will gain new insights to the reasons you felt out of sorts, which then enables you to move forward in your life with a more positive outlook.
A counselling session takes place, in a specially allocated room in my private practise. Complete confidentiality is given and you will feel you can express without feeling judged in any way. You will find me very emphatic, supportive, understanding. someone you can trust.
You will be encouraged to talk at your own pace, only touching on areas you feel comfortable discussing at the time. I will also encourage you, to explore all your concerns.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
Certificated levels 1,2,3, EFT Practitioner
Certificated EMDR Practitioner
Distinction Diploma Reflexology
Reiki Master Degree level 1,2 and 3
Accredited in PTSD
Accredited member of the Counselling Society
Accredited member of the Hypnotherapy Society
I trained at college, reaching Diploma levels in all my therapy qualifications. I attend new courses to extend my knowledge, in order for me to bring useful tools of therapy to sessions, which I show and give to my clients. I enjoy the challenge in finding the answer to help a client move forward in their lives instead of feeling they are stuck or trapped.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding Counselling and Psychotherapy services Braintree. If you leave a message, I will return your call as soon as possible, you will not be left waiting for a reply. If you do not receive a reply email, it will be due to the email not reaching me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Teenager health care
Following Sessions £50
Concessions are available for those on low income.
Fees are subject to change on an annual basis
Cancellation of Appointments
A 48-hour notice policy has to be followed either by speaking to me personally or by leaving a message on my answer machine on either landline or mobile. If an appointment is cancelled on the day, full charge is incurred.
I can I can arrange an appointment for another day of the week your appointment was arranged.
Areas I cover
I counsel clients in the Braintree and surrounding areas, Bishop Stortford, Suffolk,Dunmow, Colchester and london.
My hours of work are: 9am - 9pm Monday - Friday
Here are a few testimonials, past clients have kindly wrote. I have retained client identity as I believe in complete confidentiality.
“Amanda gets to the heart of the problem quickly and professionally” anonymous.
“If you have an issue that is getting you down you really do need to make the effort to get it resolved, I did and the results I achieved with Amanda’s help were amazing” anonymous.
“Amanda guides you through the darkness with skill and understanding until you can see the light once again” anonymous.
“I was broken, Amanda helped me heal” anonymous.
“Amanda’s dedication and thoughtfulness helped me recover my self-esteem and allowed me to make a new life for myself” anonymous.