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About me

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 Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018).

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.

Thank you

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 Level 4 - 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 for over 25 years.

Barnardo's Adoption Service Certificate Supplier Number: 79583

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Adoption
  • Families in the justice system
  • Parenting
  • School issues - from pressure to meet targets, exam stress to relationships with peers
  • Self esteem
  • Work / life balance

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


£45  for 50 minute session of individual therapy
£40  for 50 minute session for children, young people and students
£60  for 60 minutes session couples therapy

£70 for 90 minute session EMDR therapy

Low cost sessions are 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.


Monday 09:00 to 20:00; Tuesday 09:00 to 20:00; Wednesday 09:00 to 20:00; Thursday 08:30 to 20:00; Friday 08:30 to 19:30

Further information

  • 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.

Newtown Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Amanda Croft  MBACP (Accredited) Child, Young Person & Adult Psychotherapist

Amanda Croft MBACP (Accredited) Child, Young Person & Adult Psychotherapist