Amanda Barge MSc PG Dip Counselling Accred MBACP
Thank you for visiting my page. Looking up a counselling directory can be confusing but it is often the first step you make in trying to change things. I am an experienced (over 12 years), BACP accredited therapist, a qualified Sex & Relationship therapist (COSRT Member) and supervisor. I offer short and long-term therapy. I have a very comfortable counselling space on the outskirts of Auchtermuchty, where you will be able to look at the things you are struggling with at the moment. Areas that I work with include: Generalised anxiety, depression, stress, loss and bereavement, panic attacks, OCD, anger issues, abuse, relationship and sexual difficulties, affairs and betrayal and workplace stress. I work face to face and on-line.
The next step would be to email me, telling me a little bit about why you are looking for therapy and hopefully we can arrange a suitable date and time to meet. Feel free to ask me any questions and I can explain a little bit more about how I work.
How Counselling Can Help
Counselling is a process of talking about and working through your personal problems confidentially with a counsellor. It can help you address your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness.
What to expect in the first session
I work from a cosy therapy room on the outskirts of Auchtermuchty. There is easy off-road parking outside the building. It is a custom-built Shepherds Hut providing a wonderful space to work in, with a stove on in the winter and surrounded by trees and nature. Clients arrive and let themselves into the waiting room, (there is a WC). In the first session there will be a few bits of paperwork to fill in; I will tell you about how I work and then I will probably begin by asking you some questions about why you have sought counselling now.
I have been working with individuals for over 12 years and am able to offer a safe space to explore your current difficulties. It is open ended therapy, meaning there is no limit on the number of sessions. We would initially meet once a week (usually on the same day and at the same time) in the comfortable and cosy purpose built shepherds hut. The key aim for therapy is that you benefit as much as possible and we will work together with this aim. We would be working in a very collaborative way, tracking progress and checking that things are improving.
I really enjoy working with couples. It can be a big step approaching a couples therapist as it often means that you are worried that there is a problem in your relationship. I work using Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, an effective new model which helps couples enhance their relationships by creating and strengthening their emotional bonds. Couples get the chance to gently look at their relationship and have the conversations that they find difficult on their own. I am also have a Diploma in Sex & Relationship Therapy and am a member of COSRT. I can help individuals and couples who are struggling with sexual problems.
Training, qualifications & experience
- PG Dip Counselling Jordanhill, Strathclyde University
- Dip Sex & Relationship Therapy (Relationship Scotland)
- Worked Strathclyde University Counselling Research Unit for 6 years
- Emotion Focused Therapy Levels 1,2 &3
- Supervision Course Strathclyde University
- Relationship Scotland SRT Sex & Relationship Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship
- ASIT - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
I have been working as a therapist for over 12 years and have worked in a large Mental Health Association for 12 years, a hospice, a University Research Clinic and Relationship Scotland.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£40 per hour for Individuals
£50 per hour for Couples
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Day, Evening and Saturday morning appointments available
Types of client
Supervision & training
I completed my Supervisors Course at Strathclyde University.