Amanda Halford (MBACP)
Are you having a tough time right now? Do you need to talk but not know where to turn?
I offer general counselling for a range of issues but also have a particular interest in working with Parents, Adopter, Foster carer, Step Parent or Kinship Carer who are raising a child with behavioural problems. Perhaps your child may have experienced significant trauma in their life?
I understand the impact this may have on you as an individual, relationships, siblings, parents and extended families. I have a good understanding of Attachment Disorder, Special needs and Compassion Fatigue and how it may present itself. Perhaps you were that child who now feels it is the right time to explore your past?
i also have many years experience counselling under 25s and offer a reduced fee for this age group.
If you are feeling alone and misunderstood I can offer you a warm, empathic and confidential space to explore your thoughts and feelings. As well as practising Person-Centred Counselling (MBACP), I am a Foster Carer and I am also studying for a Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting (NAOTP).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience of working with a wide range of people as a counsellor and in a supportive role. For the last 9 years I have volunteered my time as a Person-Centred counsellor for the Information Shop. This service provides counselling for young people aged 13 - 25. I also carry out the assessing for the Information Shop to determine if counselling is the best way forward for the young individual.
I am a qualified Counsellor, holding a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. I am currently studying for a Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting and run a listening circle for the National Association of Therapeutic Parents. I hold continuing professional development certificates that are relevant for my counselling and fostering in the following:
- Safeguarding & Child Protection
- Child Development
- Working Therapeutically with Children
- Attachment Theory
- Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Looked After Children
- Domestic Abuse
- Sexual Health
- Diversity, Disability and voice of the child
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Valuing Diversity
- Promoting Contact with Families
- Understanding Challenging Behaviour
- Supporting Care Leavers
- St Johns Early Years/Paediatric First Aid Course
- Young people, Person-Centred counselling assessment
- Speaking through the Skin – Self Harm and its meanings
- Recognising grooming behaviours
- Eating Disorders
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I offer a free initial 30 minute assessment
Standard rate from £30 per 50 minute session
I believe that counselling should be available whatever your income so my fees may be negotiable at your initial assessment.
i look forward to receiving your phone call, text message or email enquiry and aim to get back to you as soon as possible.
I offer counselling from the comfort of my home in Purbrook. There is parking on my driveway and I am on a bus route from local areas.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am able to be quite flexible during daytime hours, Monday - Friday
Types of client