Amanda Cust Psychotherapist and Counsellor
The Rosedale Clinic
48 Redlands Road
Would you benefit from counselling? A regular time each week, set aside for exploration of your world. We often press on, managing day to day but with an underlying sense of unease or sadness, or perhaps a crisis means you're looking for support from someone not involved in your everyday life.
I offer one-to-one counselling to adults and young people. My approach is collaborative, positive and suitable for a wide range of problems and situations - we can focus on whatever is uppermost for you week-by-week, or maintain a focus on a particular issue.
During the first session we can explore your goals and the issues you want to focus on, and consider your life experiences and how they relate to the present; you can also get an idea as to whether I'm the right counsellor for you to work with.
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with experience in private practice, the voluntary sector, schools and GP surgeries.
I work with people with a wide range of problems including depression and anxiety, family and relationship difficulties, abuse, anger, low self-esteem, stress, sexuality, self-harm and work-related matters.
Please see below (Any Further Information) about how my nursing experience contributes to work with matters concerning health, disability, bereavement and approaching the end of life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Four year training leading to a Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. Prior to this I completed a Certificate Course in Psychodynamic Theory and Counselling Skills.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework.
I have worked as a Young People's Counsellor in GP surgeries.
I was a Registered Nurse for many years, working in palliative, neurological and homecare. This has allowed me the privilege of accompanying many people though profoundly difficult experiences. I conducted a research dissertation into the growth which may arise from loss.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have personal and professional experience of the impact on families and friends when a loved one needs physical care either in their own home or in a care or residential setting - an often unfamiliar territory which can evoke very difficult feelings.
Following discussion, it may be possible to provide counselling in your own home or care setting, so long as appropriate privacy can be arranged.
Standard rate £45 at Emmer Green (RG4) and £60 at Anchor Counselling (RG1).
Some reduced fee places are available at both locations.
As a former nurse, my experience has led to a special interest in the areas of illness, disability and approaching death. I am comfortable to consider with you your thoughts and feelings about your own death.
All of us will experience loss some time in our lives - through death, relationships ending, redundancy, ill-health or perhaps financial difficulties. The effects can last far longer than we expect. When the initial shock of bereavement is over, we can be left feeling isolated, reluctant to continue looking for support from family or friends, and wondering how to live life without the presence of someone important to us. Loneliness is not uncommon. I can offer you support and understanding as you explore the new world you find yourself in, and help you give yourself the time and space you need to mourn your loss.
Having worked in hospitals, hospices and homecare, I welcome healthcare workers who face the particular stresses and challenges of this field. The expectations around our professional role and the normalisation of crisis can so easily affect our wellbeing - perhaps it's time to give yourself some of the care and attention you routinely offer to others.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday and Wednesday evenings, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday and Friday daytime.
Types of client