Amanda Barge MSc PG Dip Counselling Accred MBACP
Hello and thank you for visiting my page. Looking up a counselling directory can be confusing and scary but it is often the first step you make in trying to change things. I am an experienced, BACP accredited person-centred therapist and supervisor. I work with individuals and couples (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy/Psychosexual) in short and long-term therapy. I offer a safe, comfortable and confidential environment in Auchtermuchty, where you will be able to look at the things you are struggling with at the moment. Areas that I work with include: Depression, generalised anxiety, stress, loss and bereavement, panic attacks, anger issues, abuse, relationship and sexual difficulties and workplace stress. I work face to face and on-line.
The next step would be to email me and we can make a time to have a confidential chat on the telephone. You can 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 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 a Psychosexual therapist and can help with a range of sexual difficulties and dysfunctions, including porn addiction.
Training, qualifications & experience
- PG Dip Counselling Jordanhill, Strathclyde University
- 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
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 disorder
- 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.