Hi, my name is Amanda
I am a fully qualified cognitive behaviour counsellor and a member of the British Association Counselling Psychotherapy (BACP), working within their ethical framework and guidelines.
As well as agency work, I have worked for a private practice and worked voluntarily throughout the pandemic for a charitable organisation. I have a wide and diverse clientele from Children to Adults.
The sessions I offer can either be full counselling sessions for people who present with more complex issues or single well-being sessions. The sessions are always fully confidential and no information is fed back. The relationship I have with all of my clients is very much a collaborative relationship. It is teamwork and we will jointly work together to look for solutions for presenting issues. One of the main aims of Cognitive Behaviour Counselling is to teach skills and strategies that can be used independently outside of the counselling room. A Lot of people think they have to have a major complex issue to go to counselling and whilst that can be the case, it is also about being proactive and looking after your own mental health and well-being, trying to address the work life balance. People have often struggled for a number of years before they have reached out for support for a variety of reasons. This could be that they don't quite know what to expect, what it entails or even that it may not able to help them. What I can say as a therapist is that the sessions will always be adapted to meet the clients needs and you will be entering a safe, confidential, impartial environment and given time and space, to discuss your thoughts and feelings surrounding whatever issue that you have chosen to bring into the session. Clients have often found that just being able to talk freely about issues is the starting point for the process of change. Cognitive behaviour counselling has been shown to be effective in working with stress, anxiety/panic attacks, low self esteem, low morale, relationship difficulties, depression and grief (this list is not exhaustive).
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Counselling
- Counselling Practicum
- Cognitive Behavioural Theory
- Approaches to counselling, children and young people.
Certificate in Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPD Solution Focus Brief Therapy
NVQ Supporting Education & Learning
Certificate in Volunteer Mentoring
Diversity Awareness CPD - Victim Impact
I am also fully insured with an up to date advanced disclosure.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Face to face counselling available, based in Rainhill Village, from mid September.