Amanda Furlong BA (Hons), FdA, MBACP (Reg)
Who I am and how I can help you.
Hi, my name is Amanda and I am based in Loughborough, Leicestershire. I understand that choosing to have therapy can be a difficult decision and the process of choosing a counsellor can be anxious one. Because of this, my counselling practice is pluralistic in nature; I believe clients have the right to choose the direction and style of therapy – where the client can choose to take the lead in therapy, or be guided in its process. My therapeutic model encompasses a person-centred style, but incorporates several approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma. However, techniques aside, providing a safe, confidential space to explore your emotions is at the heart of what I can offer.
Getting started - what to expect on our first session.
To get started on your therapeutic journey, I offer a free telephone consultation to discuss options for therapy, answer any questions you may have, and it is an opportunity to get to know each other before therapy begins. We can then arrange our first session, which will explore more about what you would like to achieve during our sessions together and how you would like the therapy to proceed. Sessions can be arranged at a time and frequency to suit you.
Focussed on you.
I believe that counselling should be centred completely around the needs and wishes of the client – the direction and methods of the therapy should be led by you. Talking issues through with a counsellor is quite different to talking things over with friends or family. As a counsellor, I have no preconceived ideas of your situation but am here to understand how you’re feeling and explore the situation that you find yourself in. In developing a therapeutic relationship together, you are then able to move forward with your life – empowering you with resources and resilience to make decisions and changes for your future. In this collaborative relationship, you are given the space and time to explore whatever aspects which may be troubling you. Our sessions together can be used to explore any aspect of your life which may be of concern; I believe in a holistic model of treatment – many aspects of our lives are linked and therefore an exploration of all of these areas may be of therapeutic benefit.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, with experience of working in voluntary and private sectors - my most recent experience is counselling male survivors of sexual abuse and rape
- I have a 1st Class BA (Hons) Counselling degree from the University of Gloucestershire
- I also hold a Foundation Degree in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselling and Treatment from the University of Leicester
- I am a fully registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Online therapy session - £35
Face to face session - £45
Concessions offered for
My specialisms are the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and Addictions.