Amanda Collard

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Counsellor BACP CYPF Rgd Dip. / FdSc Compl. Health Therapies
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Bristol BS9 & BS2
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About me

Hello, I'm an insured, integrative, person centred counsellor incorporating psychodynamic, CBT, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis practices.  I primarily work with young adults (18-30) as this can be such a difficult transition during the journey to full adulthood.  I also work with older adults and under 18s having 10 years experience working in education with staff and young people aged 11-18.

I offer one to one, in person sessions which combines relational talking therapy, somatic awareness and psychoeducation for a wide range of difficulties that can present as anxiety, low mood, panic, loneliness, depression or lack of clarity...some common symptoms of deeper issues.

Counselling is about allowing time and space for yourself in a supportive, safe and private environment to explore and understand difficulties and the things that matter to you.  As unique human beings, it can be hard to navigate the world of human interaction, experiences and relationships and sometimes we need support, understanding and tools to help us move forward.  Counselling offers the opportunity to explore personal issues in a relaxed setting with someone who plays no other role in your life except for counselling.  It can support you in helping to understand and manage the root causes of your difficulties so that you can take steps with the support of a trusted person to be able to safely find the way forward. 

My motivation is to communicate on a level that's trusting, supportive and ultimately relieving; to respect, acknowledge and bear with you your reality at the present moment; to support you in developing a sense of informed self compassion for a fairer, balanced understanding of the thoughts you have, the actions you show and the emotions you feel in the context of your life story; and to go forward with knowledge and tools to manage day to day life.

Finding the right therapist isn't easy. Our work begins with having an informal conversation about your needs and expectations. My intention is for us to form a professional, committed, compassionate and respectful alliance for ongoing therapeutic work together and to support you in a way that attunes to who you are for your mental health and wellbeing. Life isn’t always smooth but we can weather the waves together in the hope that you can live your day to day life feeling a little bit more supported. No two sessions are the same, just as no two people are the same.

I have a special interest in the effects of our immune system's response to trauma, known as inflammation.  I strongly believe that our bodies offer wisdom beyond the mind.

As a qualified reflexologist (www.aor.org.uk/about-us/what-is-reflexology/), I can also offer a combination of talking therapy and reflexology techniques.  Supported by research, this combined mind, body, brain approach intentionally integrates the two intrinsic professions of counselling and somatic therapy using reflexology techniques, somatic awareness and neuroscience.

Research that supports these findings can be found at ‘Further Information’ on my profile.

In my spare time I love walking and being outside in nature in all seasons. I enjoy the arts and creativity in its many forms, listen to most genres of music, read when I can and enjoy a good catch up with friends and family. I love dancing and am a member of two dance groups and regularly practice gentle yoga and meditation.

How I got here.....

My interest in becoming a counsellor arose primarily from two situations.  Firstly, the experience of personal therapy and the other, the professional inadequacy I felt in response to when reflexology clients would share their thoughts, feelings and emotions during and after a session.  Up until this point in my life, I hadn’t had any formal counselling training.

My interest in the language and wisdom of the body was sparked during my first reflexology session in my early 20’s.  I was curious about how and why I felt a sense of relief, my mind felt calmer, I felt 'lighter' and my sleep improved.

Further, my foundation degree in Complementary Health Therapies offered relevant modules that demonstrated the intricate and subtle connections of the physiological and psychological functioning of our mind, body and brain as a complete and interconnected organism.  Units included Therapeutic Relationships, Research, Biomedical Sciences, Energy Concepts (Eastern and Western approaches to health), Advanced Reflexology, Health Care Approaches, Sociology of Health, Pain Management and Nutrition.

... and finally, volunteering in many environments such as substance misuse, postnatal depression, chronic illness, young people and adult mental health and physical difficulties contributed to thought provoking observations which reinforced the fact that human beings need support, positive interventions and positive relationships, to different degrees and at different transitions and situations in life which are non-negotiable for ongoing health and wellbeing.

Training, qualifications & experience

In my early career, I ran a small private practice working with adults. I also have 10 years experience providing Integrative Counselling primarily in educational settings for young people aged 11-18.

BTEC Level 5 Diploma  Therapeutic Counselling 

Specialist units:

  • CBT, Psychodynamic, Person Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis
  • Level 2 / AQA 
  • Intermediate Counselling Skills - Skills, acquisition and practice
  • Foundation Degree   
  • FdSc Complementary Health Therapies

Modules: Work-based learning, Therapeutic Relationships, Research, Biomedical Sciences, Energy Concepts (Eastern and Western approaches to health), Practical Advanced Reflexology, Health Care Approaches, Sociology of Health, Pain Management, Nutrition, Diploma VTCT, Reflexology – IIHHT.

For more about me, please see 'General information' in my Profile.

Here are some of the training and CPD courses I have completed:

  • Working with Shame
  • Dealing with distress – working with suicide and self-harm
  • Prevent training
  • Working with Trauma that has become stuck
  • Working with Trauma triggers and flashbacks
  • Working with Trauma Memories
  • School based humanistic counselling for YP: effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and processes of change – findings from a large RCT (Ethos)
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – supporting staff
  • Outcomes Measures
  • Restorative Justice
  • Working online with young people
  • Neglect
  • ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and DNAV
  • Child Exploitation
  • Understanding autism
  • Being the other: diversity symposium
  • Anxiety and depression – using superskills for life
  • Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Anger tools
  • Digital Intimacies
  • Drugs and alcohol and young people
  • Child protection refresher
  • Exploring the taboo of muslim anger
  • Youth produced imagery – dispelling the sexting myths
  • The space between self esteem and self compassion
  • Body Image and Eating Issues
  • Managing Mental Health in Schools
  • ACEs and resilience
  • Mental Health of Young People
  • Precursors of Addiction
  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • Theme of Christmas
  • Working with CYP experiencing anxiety and emotionally based school refusal
  • Introduction to Internal Family Systems
  • Theme of Money 
  • 10 day silent meditation
  • FGM
  • Storm and Stress – new ways of looking at adolescent mental health
  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment
  • Attachment as a relational construct
  • Aspects of the deep unconscious
  • 8 week mindfulness course
  • Brief solution focused therapy
  • Safeguarding Young People
  • Groupwork Skills
  • Working with Trauma
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Working with individuals on the autistic spectrum in a counselling setting
  • Therapy for Men
  • Understanding Personality Disorder
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Creative approaches in counselling and supervision
  • Counselling clients who self harm
  • A short term model of counselling
  • Working with Eating Disorders
  • Alcohol – Brief Interventions
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Difficult & Aggressive Behaviour 
  • Addiction, Dependency & Recovery

I have also volunteered in a variety of settings which has informed my counselling practice immensely, these have included:

  • Drugs and alcohol (The CAAAD Project)
  • Postnatal depression (Mothers for Mothers)
  • Terminally ill (St Peter's Hospice)
  • Young People (Weston College)
  • HIV (Terence Higgins Trust)
  • Mental health (residential care home)    

Member organisations

BACP
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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

COUNSELLING - £60 per 50 minute session

Free initial telephone call: 15-20 minutes on the telephone.  This is to discuss your reason for seeking support, ask any questions you may have and gain a general sense of suitability to each other. 

Consultation session (face to face): This first 50 minute session is an opportunity to meet in person and to gain a deeper sense of whether we would be a comfortable match for ongoing work together.

Assessment period (face to face): 4-6 consecutive counselling sessions.  This short term period is to establish trust as the foundation of ongoing work together and to determine whether longer term therapy is needed.

Ongoing sessions: some people need longer term support.  With continued attunement, connection, exploration and understanding, longer term therapy allows valuable time to work through deeper issues.

COMBINED THERAPY (please see General Information for further information about combined therapy) - usually a 40 minute counselling session followed by 20 minutes using reflexology techniques - £75 (sessions can also be tailored to your needs).

                                      ****Paid in advance - thank you.****

When I work

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I work 8.30am - 7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and 8.30am - 6pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  

Further information

If you are interested in combining your counselling session with techniques of reflexology, I'm happy to speak further with you about this.  The academic research and references below may help you decide if this is for you:

"Foot massage and psychotherapeutic work can lead to reductions in symptoms of depression and stress" (Young, Young, 2017) as well as "significantly reducing symptoms of fatigue" (Shobeiri et al, 2017).

"Foot massage and CBT intervention led to reductions in depression, stress, blood pressure and could be effective in reducing the stress response" (Young et al, 2017).

"Foot reflexology may provide additional nonpharmacotherapy intervention for adults suffering from depression, anxiety, or sleep disturbance" (Wang et al, 2020)

"A conjoint mind-brain-body approach can help develop flexibility of thought, emotions and behaviours resulting in better mental health, wellbeing and life satisfaction, alleviating negative thoughts associated with symptoms of depression" (Posadzki et al, 2011).

 "A small incidence of inflammation in the body is known to supercharge inflammation in the brain, e.g. anxiety and depression" (Spring, 2021).

"A loop of healing can be created using positive touch and talking to simultaneously access the emotions and the power of the mind" (Pert, 2017).

"Manipulation of fascia in the foot can help reverse ... inflammation in the body, relieve pain in the musculo-skeletal system, improve quality of sleep as well as having a positive effect in management and improvement of symptoms across a range of conditions" (Whatley et al, 2022). 

References

Shobeiri F, Manoucheri B, Parsa P, Roshanaei G. (2017). Effects of Counselling and Sole Reflexology on Fatigue in Pregnant Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial.  11(6): QC01–QC04. PMID: 28764252 cited February 2024 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535443/

Young M L Young R Y. (2017). Effects of Combined Foot Massage and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on the Stress Response in Middle-Aged Women. Randomized Controlled Trial. PubMed (nih.gov) 23(6):445-450. PMID:28467116 cited February 2024 www.pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28467116/

Wang WL, Hung HY, Chen YR, Chen KH, Yang SN, Chu CM, Chan YY. (2020). Effect of Foot Reflexology Intervention on Depression, Anxiety, and Sleep Quality in Adults: A Meta-Analysis and Metaregression of Randomized Controlled Trials. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2020 Sep 15;2020:2654353. doi: 10.1155/2020/2654353. PMID: 33014101; PMCID: PMC7512096.   - cited February 2024 www.reflexologycanada.org/en/reflexology-research/#General%20Reflexology%20 

Posadzki P, Bhurke S. (2011). Incorporation of Massage into Psychotherapy: An Integrative and Conjoint Approach. 10.1007/s11655-011-0633-2. Chinese journal of integrative medicine cited February 2024 www.researchgate.net/publication/50352560_Incorporation_of_Massage_into_Psychotherapy_An_Integrative_and_Conjoint_Approach

Spring C, 2021. Mental Health and the Body: treating trauma. https://www.carolynspring.com/online-training/shop/mhatb-online-training/ 

Pert, C. (1998). Molecules of Emotion. London: Simon & Schuster

Whatley J, Perkins J, Samuel C. (2022). Reflexology: Exploring the mechanism of action. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice,Volume 48,101606,ISSN 1744-3881, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101606 cited February 2024 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1744388122000743

The Practice Rooms, 57-59 High Street, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3ED

The Practice Rooms, 34 Upper York Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, Avon, BS2 8QR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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The Practice Rooms at Westbury on Trym have a ground floor and first floor with no lift. I'll ask if you'd prefer a ground floor room for access needs.

Amanda Collard
Amanda Collard