Amanda Barge MSc PG Dip Counselling Accred MBACP
Thank you for visiting my page. Due to Covid19, I am happy to say that I am now seeing clients on-line. Therapy is easy to set up and Zoom appointments work very well, often allowing more flexibility at this time. 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. Normally I work from 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 either on line or if regulations permit in person. 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.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per hour for Individuals
£50 per hour for Couples