About me

Are you having a tough time right now? Do you need to talk but not know where to turn?

Are you struggling to understand your child’s behaviour, or perhaps you understand but it’s others that are having the difficulties?

Maybe you and and members of your family have experienced significant trauma?

Do you often feel judged, misunderstood and alone?

If you would like to explore what it is like to parent your child in a safe confidential space then I can help.

I work with Parents, Adopters, Foster carers, Step Parents and Kinship Carer who are raising children who struggle with their behaviour. 

I am a person centred counsellor and a therapeutic foster parent. I am passionate about helping others reflect on why we do the things we do and make sense of ourselves, lessening anxiety.

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 12 years I  have volunteered my time as a Person-Centred counsellor. The service provides counselling for young people aged 13 - 25. I also carry out the assessments 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 love learning and have done many workshops and training days that are relevant for my counselling and fostering as follows:

  • 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
  • Resilience
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Promoting Contact with Families
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviour
  • Supporting Care Leavers
  • Young people, Person-Centred counselling assessment
  • Speaking through the Skin – Self Harm and its meanings
  • Recognising grooming behaviours
  • Eating Disorders
  • Depression
  • Aspergers
  • Managing Siblings
  • preventing child abuse
  • therapeutic parenting in a nutshell
  • understanding your traumatised child
  • sexualised trauma
  • understanding myself; interactions and reactions
  • managing siblings
  • compassion fatigue
  • interrupting trauma
  • GLBT
  • exploring and understanding syndromes, disorders and survival behaviours associated with developmental trauma
  • implementing initial therapeutic strategies to heal children
  • Implementing advanced therapeutic strategies to heal children
  • an understanding of how childhood trauma impacts social and emotional development
  • County lines and trafficking
  • online suicide training
  • introduction to aces and early trauma
  • working with unaccompanied and separated children
  • Breaking the anxiety loop
  • working with trauma in a time of trauma
  • Supporting families raising a child with FASD
  • person centred active listening FASD
  • birth, adoptive and foster families FASD
  • adults with FASD   
  • The impact of domestic abuse on children
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection
  • Child Development

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As well as listening I can help you with therapeutic strategies you may wish to try with your family should you be looking for this kind of support.

I have many years experience counselling young people and would welcome enquires from those aged 16-25 for general counselling.

Therapies offered


£40.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

My standard rate is £40 per 50 minute session payable 24 hours prior to your session via bank transfer. 

I look forward to receiving your phone call, text message or email enquiry and aim to get back to you as soon as possible.


Online counselling now available - various daytime and evening hours available

Face to face bookings being taken now from February 2022

Further information

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

Hayling Island

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

DBS check

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Amanda Halford

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