Amanda Asserati MBACP Accredited. Approved Adoption Counsellor
Who am I?
I am an Accredited Counsellor with 25 years experience helping clients to explore their issues and hopefully move to a place of inner peace.
I am covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance and have had an Enhanced Police Check.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is often described as a space for you to meet yourself. An hour of your time where you do not need to think of anyone else but you. I am acutely aware of how daunting this may seem but by reading this you have taken the first step on your journey.
I offer a free 20 minute telephone conversation, in order that you can ask any questions prior to booking your Consultation/Assessment of Needs. It is important that you feel comfortable working with me, otherwise you will not gain the most from your sessions.
Can I have Online Counselling?
Yes. I can speak to you on most platforms e.g. Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Face Time.
Where do I come to see you?
We will meet in a calm, private, non-clinical, room on the side of my house, which I hope you will find a safe space for you to explore what is happening in your life.
There is plenty of parking space available and I have a toilet next to the room, which is only used by clients.
I provide a highly professional, sensitive and confidential Counselling Service which is GDPR Compliant.
I will ask you to arrive at the allocated time and, if early, to wait in your car at a discrete distance away from my house. This is so that I can maintain your confidentiality and that of others that I may be seeing before you.
In accordance with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Code of Ethics, I will offer you the highest possible level of confidentiality, in order to respect your privacy and create the trust necessary for counselling. This means that anything you say to me is confidential and no information will be given to any other person without your permission.
However, there are exceptions to this policy and they are if I feel you to be at risk of causing harm to yourself or others or I am summoned by a Court of Law. These exceptions apply to all counselling agencies and counsellors and I will be happy to provide further information if required.
What days/times are you available?
Daytime and evening appointments.
How many sessions will I need?
This is something only you will know and you will be in charge of when you feel you want to stop.
It is important to me that you gain the most from your sessions, so I will be checking out how things are going for you on a regular basis.
Why do I need a Consultation/Assessment of Needs?
This is an hour session where I can ask more detailed questions about what has brought you to counselling and we can decide how you would like to proceed. There will be no obligation to book another appointment.
My commitment to you
I will see you as a unique individual and I will endeavour not to form an opinion as to what kind of person you are or judge you in any way.
My interest is in helping you understand yourself and explore how your life can be satisfying, by taking responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings and behaviour. You know best even though it may not be apparent to you at the start.
How does Counselling work?
We will spend most of our time together talking, but it won't be like the conversations you are used to. You will be in charge of the 'agenda', and I will do my best to understand what you want to achieve and help you to do so.
You may find that there are times when you don't really know what to say or you might want to think about something before you say the words. You might even feel like saying nothing for a while which is fine by me. I will be happy to wait until you want to talk.
If you change anything at all about yourself it will be because you want to, not because I think you ought to.
If you get upset during a session that is ok with me. Tears are a way of expressing emotion and it is better to cry outwardly than inwardly.
I have made a serious commitment to working with issues of difference and equality. Therefore, I regularly attend workshops focussing on these issues, along with other regular training courses to inform my practice and enable me to provide a safe and highly professional service.
What is Supervision?
As do all Counsellors, I have ongoing formal consultative support (Supervision) for my work in accordance with professional requirements. This is so that I can regularly monitor and review my work to maintain good practice. During these meetings, I will only be discussing what my thoughts were in our sessions, therefore maintaining client confidentiality.
If you are ready to take the next step, please do not hesitate to contact me.
E'mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A.C.P. Accredited - British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
U.K.R.C. Registered - United Kingdom Register of Counsellors
N.R.M.S.A.C. - National Register of Male Sexual Assault Counsellors
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
IAPT Counselling for Depression
Approved Adoption Counsellor via Barnardo's Link
Certified Rape & Sexual Abuse Counsellor
Certified Relationship Counsellor
Certified & Accredited Bereavement Counsellor
Certified Drug/Alcohol/Gambling Counsellor
Certified Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing
Plus many other training Courses attended.
Private Practice - Counsellor and Supervisor
Registered Provider for many Private Healthcare Insurance Companies (Employee Assistance Programmes)
NHS Primary Care Trust (GP Surgeries)
NHS Drug/Alcohol Service
Rape & Sexual Abuse Crisis
Cruse Bereavement Care - Counsellor and Supervisor
Drug & Alcohol Service
Surrey Trauma Support - Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing
Depression, Stress & Anxiety
Adoption - Birth/Adoptive families plus Adopted Children/Adults.
Rape & Childhood Sexual Abuse (inc. Male Rape & Childhood Abuse)
Relationships (inc. Gay/Lesbian relationships)Divorce & Seperation
Bereavement/loss (inc. Child Loss, Miscarriage, Bereaved Children)
Addictions - Drug, Alcohol & Gambling
Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing
Work Related Problems (Including bullying)
Low Self Esteem
Terminal or long term conditions
Employee Assistance Counselling (Registered by most well known providers)
Counselling for Student Counsellors
Also, I run Workshops/Training on various subjects
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.
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
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
I am registered by Barnardo's to offer counselling for Issues associated with Adoption.
Rape and Childhood Sexual Abuse
From £50.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
For successful Counselling, it is important that you feel comfortable with a counsellor. To this end, I offer a free 20 minute telephone call for you to ask any questions you may have.
Our first meeting will be a Consultation, where you can ask any questions you may have before you decide to commence counselling and I can also see if I am able to help you.
Individual Counselling - £50.00 (1 hour)
Couple Counselling - £60.00 (1 hour)
Clinical Supervision - £60.00 (1 ½ hours) Daytimes, £70.00 (1 1/2 hours) Evenings
In exceptional circumstances and for students, I may consider offering a concession which will be discussed during the Consultation.
In order to support front line NHS staff, I am offering 1/2 price counselling sessions for a limited time. Please be aware that I will need to see your NHS Identity badge and confirmation of your job title.
Fees are payable 24 hours in advance. I am happy to accept online payments or cash.
CAN I USE MY PRIVATE HEALTHCARE INSURANCE?
Yes. I am a Registered Provider with most well known Private Healthcare Insurance Companies (Employee Assistance Programmes).
Please find me via the Company Website where you will be given an Authorisation Code or contact me for details.
Daytimes and evenings (Weekdays only). As I may be with a client when you call, please leave a message on one of my confidential voicemails or email and I will get back to you asap.