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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.

Work Experience

NHS
Cruse Bereavement Care
Rape & Sexual Abuse Crisis
Relate
Barnardos
Trauma Support Service
Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Most well known Private Healthcare Insurance Providers (EAP's).

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.

Initial contact

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.

Confidentiality

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.

Weekdays only.

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.

I will empathically listen to your story, to try and understand how you are experiencing your world. Consequently, I will often reflect back what I have understood you to be saying and how you might be feeling. You will then have an opportunity to check on how well I understood you.

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.

My Approach

I use an Integrative Humanistic Approach, making use of Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Models.

I have also integrated a Psychodynamic, Task Orientated and Cognitive Behavioural flavour to my work, which I find very useful.

My Approach provides me with the tools to offer my client(s) various ways of exploring their feelings and emotions. By looking at how they communicate with me, I can vary techniques according to the needs of my individual client(s), in order to avoid confusion/misunderstanding.

Equal Opportunities

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.

What next?

If you are ready to take the next step, please do not hesitate to contact me.

E'mail - amandaasserati@hotmail.com

Telephone - 01252 834864 (Mobile: 07790169235)
These are confidential lines. If I do not answer, please leave a message and the best time I can contact you. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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 
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.

Work Experience

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
Relate
Rape & Sexual Abuse Crisis
Cruse Bereavement Care -
Counsellor and Supervisor
Drug & Alcohol Service
Surrey Trauma Support -
Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing

Experience

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
Trauma
Work Related Problems (Including bullying)
Low Self Esteem
Infertility
Life Skills
Terminal or long term conditions

Employee Assistance Counselling (Registered by most well known providers)

Counselling for Student Counsellors

Clinical Supervision

Also, I run Workshops/Training on various subjects



Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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

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Fees

From £50.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • HealthAssured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

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, I may consider offering a concession which will be discussed during the Consultation.  Please note that I can only offer two clients concessions at any one time, and for a limited time.  Keyworkers will need to provide ID.

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.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

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.

Further information


WHAT ABOUT CANCELLATIONS?


I ask for 24 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise I may charge the full session fee. Obviously, there may be exceptional circumstances, which will be taken into consideration.











Camberley
Surrey
GU16

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

My room is on the ground floor with toilet facilities and adequate parking. If you are unable to get to me, I can offer online or telephone counselling.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have 25 years counselling experience and I have been practicing as a Supervisor for 13 years. Daytime/evening appointments (Online or face to face)

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Amanda Asserati

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