Amanda Halford

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Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11
No current availability
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This professional is currently not accepting new clients and may not respond to general enquiries at this time.

About me

Hello.  I wonder what has led you to seek out a counsellor? Are you or someone you love having a hard time with upsetting or traumatic experiences? This might be something that you are living with now or something from your past.  Perhaps you’re experiencing difficult thoughts and feelings and everything feels overwhelming at the moment.

If life is making you feel sad, anxious or depressed and you’ve reached the point where having someone to listen would help, then I would like to invite you to come along for some counselling. Having therapy can be the first step in making positive changes to your life, resulting in a happier you. Together we can work through what is upsetting you. No problem is too small or silly if it is having a negative impact on your well being.  Your story is important.  I will listen, ask questions, and try to understand how your experiences are affecting your life. Feeling heard can really reduce your stress levels and make you feel lighter.  It’s so much easier to face life's challenges when you feel calm. 

You can email me, phone or book a call using the details above and we can get a date in our diaries.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as being a qualified counsellor in private practice and a mum, I am a Therapeutic foster parent and have looked after more than 90 children.  I understand how difficult life can be sometimes and have supported many young people going through the darkest of times. I have made it my mission to learn about trauma and how it affects us in a bid to understand myself, my reactions and the children I have cared for.  I absolutely recognise the awful impact of trauma and I am here to help you.

During my counselling training and up until recently I spent 14 years in a voluntary position, counselling young people and carrying out assessments. It was a role I have absolutely loved.

I really enjoy learning and have done many workshops and training days that are relevant for my counselling and fostering. I take what I learn and turn it into my own user friendly language.

  • Working Therapeutically with Children
  • Attachment theory
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviour
  • Supporting Care Leavers
  • Young people, Person-Centred counselling assessment
  • Speaking through the Skin – Self Harm and its meanings
  • Recognising grooming behaviours
  • Mental Health and the body: Treating trauma
  • Working with Shame
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Therapeutic parenting in a nutshell
  • Understanding your traumatised child
  • Sexualised trauma
  • Child sexualised abuse - Hope for Healing
  • Working with Trauma memories
  • Understanding myself; interactions and reactions
  • Managing siblings
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Interrupting trauma
  • Exploring and understanding syndromes, disorders and survival behaviours associated with developmental trauma
  • implementing  therapeutic strategies to heal children
  • an understanding of how childhood trauma impacts social and emotional development
  • County lines and trafficking
  • Breaking the anxiety loop
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders 
  • The impact of domestic abuse on children
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection
  • Suicide and self harm
  • Adolescence 
  • Situational Mutism

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Additional information

You can email me, phone or book a call using the details above. I will always respond so please check your Spam folders.

I offer all new clients a free 30 minute counselling assessment.    The assessment gives you the opportunity to tell me a little about what is going on for you and what your hopes are for counselling. I will also take some practical information. The assessment will also give us a chance to decide if I am the right person for you and ensure you are comfortable and happy in my environment.  

My fee is £50 for a 50 minute session.  I am open to discussing a concessionary rate during assessment if this fee will cause you financial hardship.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I currently have availability to see clients face-to-face short term on Hayling.

Further information

I offer counselling from the comfort of my home on Hayling Island. There is parking on my driveway and free parking in the car park opposite. I am on a bus route from local areas.

Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Online platforms

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Amanda Halford
Amanda Halford