Amanda Croft MBACP (Accredited) Child, Young Person & Adult Psychotherapist
Life can be complicated; throwing all sorts of obstacles at us. Sometimes we just need to talk to someone who will listen without judgement; who does not 'give advice' but simply holds the space for reflection, growth and development. It takes courage to make these first steps.
I work with children, young people and adults,including couples, across a broad range of client concerns such as anxiety and general anxiety disorder, bereavement, depression, family and relationship issues through to addictions, phobias and trauma. I compliment my private practice with working for a counselling charity, Barnardo's and in education. I am also an Approved Adoption counsellor. All ages, disability, gender, race, religion and sexuality are treated with respect and dignity.
I use an integrative approach, along with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness, which focuses primarily on the relationship between client and therapist. This is built around trust, respect, safety and empowerment. Kindness and compassion are fundamental. I am also trained and qualified in EMDR therapy which is an effective method and NICE approved way of working with trauma. My work is client led as only you know how you feel. Certain counselling styles suit some people more than others, so I draw from a number of models to provide the right support for you.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Code of Practice for the Counselling Professions (2016).
Do feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns at any time. All communication is confidential. I aim to return all calls and emails within 24 hours if not sooner.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdSc Counselling (Integrative) - University of Greenwich; Award: Merit
ACE Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory - Peter Symonds College, Winchester
Certificate in CBT with Heart - Adrian Hemmings Associates; BACP Endorsed
Certificate in Counselling Young People - Alton Counselling Service
Certificate in Couples Counselling - Basingstoke Counselling Service
Certificate in the Fundamentals of Working with Couples - Juliet Grayson; COSRT Endorsed
Mindfulness (MBSR) course - Barbara Boxhall
EMDR - EMDR Works
Counselling Children, Young People and Young Adults - MindEd BACP
other training is listed on my website
BA(Hons) English & History
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Alongside my private practice I currently work for a local counselling charity and Barnardo's as an Approved Adoption counsellor who also offers family support (Attachment Focused Therapy). In addition, I have been working in education
Barnardo's Adoption Service Certificate Supplier Number: 79583
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Families in the justice system
- School issues - from pressure to meet targets, exam stress to relationships with peers
- Self esteem
- Work / life balance
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Humanistic therapies
£45 for 50 minute session of individual therapy
£35 for 50 minute session for children, young people and students
£60 for 60 minutes session couples therapy
£70 for 90 minute session for EMDR therapy
Low cost sessions may be available depending on circumstances.
30 minute no charge initial consultation is available either face to face or by telephone to discuss how we can work together and whether I am the right counsellor / psychotherapist for you.
- Enhanced DBS for Adults and Children checked (formerly CRB check) - available for viewing.
- Yearly Child Protection and Safeguarding training with HCC.
- Regular supervision in line with BACP guidelines.
- Regular continuing professional development (CPD) conferences, courses and workshops to keep up to date and increase my skills - please see my website for a full list.
- Professional liability insurance with PPS.
- Member of Counselling Children and Young People (CCYP) - expert division of BACP.
- Member of Hampshire Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (HACP) and listed in their directory.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Regular Wednesday afternoons plus all day Thursday and Friday. Evening appointments on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Occasional Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|