Amanda Ashman-Wymbs Counselling and Mindfulness MBACP Accredited and Registered
A professional Counselling service for adults, young people and counselling students with an experienced counsellor, working sensitively and effectively with a wide range of issues from a quiet location between Chichester and Arundel.
Welcome to my profile. I am a Bacp (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) registered and accredited counsellor with over 11 years of experience in working with clients. I offer a confidential, accepting and safe space in which a client can talk freely and openly about themselves and their issues with support, and without judgement. Counselling is sought for many different reasons and can be used in different ways to explore our human suffering in the different forms it comes or it can used be to facilitate self discovery and personal development. Counselling can help us to clarify things, find solutions, understand ourselves and situations better, increase confidence, identify resources and strengths and see things from a different perspective. Of course it can be challenging at times but the healthy therapeutic journey is always an interesting and enriching experience
As a Humanistic and Transpersonal counsellor I regard awareness and the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client to be central to the growth, healing and change that emerges from the work. I work with what the client brings to the session and integrate as appropriate techniques from counselling models including CBT, NLP, TA and ACT.
As I have practiced Mindfulness for over 20 years, the awareness that I have gained from this naturally underpins my work with very effective results. If relevant, appropriate and required I often combine counselling with Mindfulness training in my sessions with clients. If we are fully rooted in and give attention to the natural functioning of Mindful Awareness within us then we have a refuge, a place to rest within, whatever may be going on for us in the realm of thought, feeling, relationship, circumstance. As this is functioning in everyone all the time, in my work as a counsellor I feel it often very necessary to help clients to connect to this space within themselves to bring into recognition the insight, clarity and calm that is there, but often hidden behind the attention on the turbulence of the outer life, or thoughts and feelings. This then allows us to come to know that aspect within ourselves, and be able to connect with it more habitually in our day to day life, allowing a calmer and more grounded response to our inner and outer experiences.
My journey as a therapist was originally in the field of body therapies. I initially sought counselling training to deepen my understanding of how to respond appropriately with clients when they opened up to me during their Massage or Reflexology sessions. I found this counselling skills training totally absorbing and felt the pull and desire to pursue the training to a degree level. 10 years after completing this I now spend most of my working time counselling though still offer body therapies too.
If you would like to make an appointment with me please contact me via email or telephone. I will usually respond within 24 hours. We will arrange an initial session which will give us an opportunity to meet and to discuss your needs from Counselling and also ask any questions, you are then free to decide if it feels right for us to work together and you would like to book further sessions with me. Follow up sessions are initially usually weekly, preferably at the same time and day. The sessions can be short term (working in a solution focussed way) or open ended, this will be discussed and decided upon at the initial session and open to review as we proceed.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, I hope to hear from you soon.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Counselling Qualifications
BA (hons) Humanistic counselling-University of Chichester 2008
Diploma Humanistic counselling-University of Chichester 2006
Bacp (British association Counselling/Psychotherapy) Accreditation and Registration
OCR Counselling skills certificate-Chichester college 2004
Other significant CPD Counselling training
INLPta Diploma NLP 2010
Mindfulness teacher training 2011
Counselling Assessment training
TA (Transactional Analysis)
Over 2000 client hours
Working in large general counselling organisation for 7 years
Running Mindfulness workshops and courses
A busy private Counselling practice 10 years
Body Therapy Qualifications
IIHHT Diploma Reflexology 1999
IIHHT Certificate Body Massage 2001
IIHHT Diploma Aromatherapy 2001
IIHHT Diploma Indian Head Massage 2002
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in working with depression and anxiety.
My fee is £45 per hour, the initial session is £40. I offer a few discounted places for students and those on low income so do ask if needed.
I work from spacious and peaceful therapy rooms in the national trust village of Slindon between Chichester and Arundel and in central Chichester. I offer appointments weekdays and weekday evenings.