Amanda Chapman Counselling Service - adult, teen and child + Parenting Support
I am a BACP accredited and skilled Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist at Master level plus an evidence based children and young people’s behaviour professional with over 30 years experience of working with parents and professionals.
Therapy supports adults, children and young people with a regular space and time in which to talk and build skills using CBT, Attachment Theory and a Person Centred approach. This takes place within a home setting which client feedback says is welcoming, safe and comfortable.
Parenting confidence and skill comes first from understanding how you parent from the inside and this is the starting point. Sessions are individual to you, your family, your needs. You will get a unique service. I draw on the Accredited Mellow Parenting and Webster Stratton Parenting programmes in which I am a experienced practitioner. Parents give me positive feedback after just one session.
If you seek therapy I will professionally guide you in your exploration of the issues and experiences you raise, with compassion. This is done using a range of age-appropriate resources looking at your thoughts, feelings and behaviours based on past, present and a belief about future experiences. This offers individuals the growth of personal insight, greater understanding and empowerment - bringing about proactive positive change.
The theoretical knowledge I apply as an Integrative therapist, in creating this individual holistic blend of therapy, is to skilfully dovetail three established theories - Attachment, Person Centred and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This means that clients are better able to access the counselling that suits them and which feels right.
I believe that we all really know what we need to heal ourselves but have for some reason lost the ability to access it. Counselling supports people in this reconnecting process.
I have worked in education since the late 80’s and delivered 10 Years guided parenting and Early Years Behaviour Consultancy, advising, training and supporting professionals in schools and nurseries for Derby City Council. Latterly in my career I trained to be a psychotherapist in 2012 to a Master level and have worked within charities and org. supporting a wide range of clientele, age, gender, sexuality, culture and faith; carrying out assessments, developing case formulations, delivering the therapy, 121 or in small groups to work alongside and with other professionals.
All aims, goals and outcomes are discussed, measured and regularly reviewed together. This ensures collaboration in your therapy or support; creating a trusted and reliable partnership that guides whilst developing the skills and tools to care for your mental health and wellbeing or parenting into the future.
To "get started" call or email me to set up an initial session; we can also talk about what you want to get out of counselling or parenting and to discuss working with children and young people; if you are happy to continue with therapy we will set up the second session, and can arrange to meet weekly/fortnightly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have close to 30 years experience of working within the field of education and counselling. I am DBS checked and Accredited with the regulating body of counsellors and psychotherapists - www.bacp.co.uk/
The breadth of my initial knowledge and skill was gained from paid employment within the early year’s sector, primary and secondary schools and a further education college. This led into 10 years of consultancy work for the local authority. www.linkedin.com
Running in parallel to my work in education has been my counselling practice of seven years. In addition to running my private practice, I have delivered therapy in a range of voluntary and paid establishments working with children, young people and adults (men and women) - Place2Be, Sure Start, Derby Women's Work, mainstream and the virtual school and Safe Speak.
Clients feedback that they look forward to the sessions and find each visit beneficial. Measures document positive levels of change. People say they find my approach to be calming, caring, friendly and warm. Clients often comment positively on the way I speak, my accent and how I don't talk like a 'therapist'.
- MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
- PGCE Behaviour and Education
- BA (Hons) Sociology
- NNEB - Diploma in Nursery Nursing
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Attachment to key adults in our early years sets up patterns of behaviour and understanding of ourselves and others as we move through our personal life, career and relationships with others. Triggers or raw spots can be activated by events, people or situations that make understanding and managing our emotions challenging to navigate. This can make us feel stuck or trapped in a cycle that brings distress and loss and behaviour that serve to hold us back from achieving our potential.
I am passionate about the application of the theory of Attachment and work with it to create an understanding of our basic needs in everyday activities, what are the emotional triggers and why linking that into the development of positive or negative coping strategies in children, teens and adults and the role they play today for you.
I have an extensive and practical knowledge of certificated parenting skills and children’s behaviour relating the Webster Stratton - Early Years and Accredited Mellow Parenting programme. I am able to provide support in this area separate from therapy to individuals and couples.
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£40.00 per hour session. This is to be paid at the start of each visit and a receipt will be provided.
Cancelling with 24 hours of your appointment will incur a £30.00 charge.
The fees for therapy provided through organisations are by separate negotiation, this includes work from private health providers, schools and charities.
All my practice hours are supervised and delivered in line with the BACP ethical code of practice.
This provides you with a quality assurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Clients need to be able to go up and down a single flight of stairs.
Sessions are available week days and early evening. Get started by calling or dropping me an email to set up an initial session.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|