Amanda Cust Psychotherapist and Counsellor
VIDEO AND PHONE SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE - if you are under stress of any kind associated with the coronavirus situation please contact me to discuss how therapy could help you.
LOW COST SESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR KEY WORKERS.
I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor, and have worked in private practice, the voluntary sector, schools and GP surgeries since 2012. I offer sessions in Emmer Green RG4 in a quiet, private garden room, and at Rosedale House in Central Reading RG1 on Friday mornings only.
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. 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 and personal experience contributes to work with matters concerning health, disability, bereavement and approaching the end of life.
To have a chat about how counselling might help you or to arrange a first appointment, please call, text or email me. During the first session we can explore what brings you to counselling, your goals and the issues you want to focus on, and consider your life experiences and how they relate to the present. It's important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, so in this session you can also get an idea as to whether I'd be the right counsellor for you to work with.
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 at Reading University.
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 with ARC Counselling Service.
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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 £50 at Emmer Green (RG4) and £60 at Anchor Counselling (RG1).
Some reduced fee places are available at both locations, please enquire.
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.