Amanda Fyfe MA PGCE DipFE MBACP
Person-Centred Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor
I offer three services:
- Counselling for Chronic Pain
- Humanistic Counselling
- Clinical Supervision
Counselling for Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than three months. Acute pain can alert the body to a possible injury. Chronic pain is different. It can continue long after the cause has gone. It can persist for long periods of time and can have devastating effects on day-to-day life and mental health. The longer we live with pain, the better the brain cells get at producing pain, they become much more sensitive and in time need smaller and smaller influences. The pain may spread to other areas of the body and change its characteristics.
I am offering a service for clients with chronic pain combining Humanistic Counselling with Mindfulness Techniques. This intensive therapy teaches the client to analyse the pain and find solutions to the discomfort. As the mind investigates the pain, the client can begin to understand why it occurs, what triggers it and how it can be soothed and reduced. The client can learn to acknowledge the pain and listen for the ‘roots’ of the problem and build capacity for self-management. The techniques used will help the client in chronic pain to understand how stress and anxiety can significantly amplify the pain. They will then develop new ways of thinking and coping to re-establish a sense of control and emotional resilience.
Counselling for Chronic Pain adopts a ‘whole life’ approach which challenges fixed beliefs about pain and abilities. This allows the body to heal and helps clients to understand and retrain the pain system. Clients will develop better coping strategies and go on to lead fuller, more productive lives. The short guided meditations are designed to relieve pain and tension in any area of the body, reduce stress and restore wellbeing.
I am a person-centred counsellor with experience of working in schools, for charities and in the private and voluntary sector. I work with a wide range of issues including disordered eating and self-harm, anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, sexual abuse, loss and grief, childhood traumas, family and relationship issues.
I am able to offer a safe supportive space where clients are free to explore personal thoughts and feelings. My role is to help clients through this process without judgement or direction, to help clients to build capacity for self-management and re-establish a sense of control and emotional resilience. Clients are able to go at their own pace and together we can identify themes, work through blockages and understand how wider influences or patterns of thoughts and behaviours may be maintaining anxious or depressed feelings.
I offer clinical supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors as well as healthcare and education professionals. I use Hawkins and Shohet’s relational and systemic Seven-Eyed Model of Supervision. Supervision focuses on the relationships between the client, counsellor and supervisor and the connections and interplay between each relationship and their context within the wider system. I emphasise the importance of contemplation and reflection and cultivating and refining the skills and abilities to search for new choices and possibilities. I try to create a climate where the dynamics and creativity of the work can be fully explored generating more independent, inspired and resourceful Supervisees.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Supervision
- Level 5 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education
- Master’s Degree Fine Art
I am a BACP registered counsellor and Mindfulness practitioner with extensive knowledge of working with adults and young people aged 11-18 years old. I have worked in the field of mental health and education for nearly 30 years and have worked clinically with counselling clients for over 4 years.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic pain conditions
The Counselling for Chronic Pain Service and Person-Centred Counselling Service are £50 per 50 minute session.
Please email me for fees for the Clinical Supervision Service stating whether you are qualified or a trainee.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm
Types of client