Amanda Charles CPsychol, Post MSc-PGDip, MSc, PGDip, BSc (Hons)
I am a fully qualified and experienced International Chartered Counselling Psychologist (BPS), Registered Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC), Hypno-psychotherapist (NCHP), NLP Practitioner and Life Coach (ABNLP) and Mindfulness teacher; offering services directly to the public and via local GP referrals.
I work both online and from my office in Esher (just outside London) so have the flexibility to offer both short-term and long-term counselling contracts depending upon your therapeutic requirements. I strongly believe in working collaboratively with my clients to tailor an individualised approach according to your current needs, so as to provide you with the potential for the best possible outcome.
My extensive training enables me to offer the following therapeutic approaches:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Consideration will be given to scientific evidence and client preferences which may mean the approaches above may be offered on an individual basis or they may be integrated together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Following my first degree in Psychology I spent 5 years at Reuters working internationally in the realm of Leadership Development and Change Management, also becoming fully qualified to administer and interpret Level A Psychometric testing (BPS). It was during this time I gained a true insight into the value of personal therapy and coaching, and developed a preference for assisting people independently. I soon decided to transition from Occupational Psychology to Counselling Psychology so as to facilitate change for individuals on a personal level. Since this time I have completed numerous trainings which include a Post-MSc PGDip in the Practice of Counselling Psychology, an MSc in Counselling Psychology, PGDip in Counselling Psychology, PGDip in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, training in EMDR, advanced EFT, a 20 day NLP practitioner training programme accredited by ABNLP and NLP(UK) and have completed the Mindfulness Teacher Training Pathway at The University of Oxford. Due to such trainings I have obtained Chartered Status as a Counselling Psychologist with The British Psychological Society and Registered Practitioner Psychologist status with the Health Care Professions Council; abiding by their professional codes of conduct.
Since 2001 I have been running a successful private practice, alongside which I have provided counselling services for Charities, GPs, Wandsworth Borough Council and Consultancy for a number of Secondary Schools in both Surrey and Berkshire.
I have vast experience with a wide range of presenting issues, client groups and therapeutic approaches, successfully working with clients as young as 9 years old to assisting people in their late 80s. With a continued commitment to professional development I have taken additional training to specialise in the treatment of eating disorders and obesity (Master Practitioner NCFED), PTSD and complex trauma, depression, suicide and self harm and have extensive experience in working with anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, panic disorder, relationship difficulties, attachment disorders, substance abuse, recovery from childhood traumas and abuse, a number of personality disorders, confusion with gender identity and sexual preference, stress disorder, OCD, breavement and loss, the management of ME/CFS, and the enhancement of self esteem, assertiveness and self confidence.
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 Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Consultations are currently charged at £160 per 50-minute session