Amanda Hart MBACP, CNHC Reg., NCFED Affiliate
Professional, caring and confidential counselling, psychotherapy, clinical hypnotherapy and coaching for adults, couples and groups/organisations. I provide support to my clients so that they can manage and deal with all sorts of issues encountered in their everyday life. I aim to help my clients to make the most of their strengths and resources in order to overcome difficulties they may be going through, or simply to help them be themselves… but better. I specialise in working with eating disorders, food and body image matters, and with couples and relationships. However, I help people with many other types of psychological matters, including:
- eating disorders and body image/body dysmorphia
- relationship or communication issues
- parenting concerns
- self-esteem and confidence
- anxiety, stress, panic
- Negative thinking, worry
- fears and phobias
- depression and low mood
- problem habits and addictions
- obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviours
- suicidal feelings and ideation
- trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- coping with chronic pain or health problems
- lifestyle improvements
- performance improvement (sports, business, social etc.)
- managing conflict and anger
- workplace conflict resolution
I hold a Master Practitioner qualification in eating disorders and obesity from the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) and have had supplementary training for working with eating disorders with the Maudsley Hospital and Kings College/IoPPN and the British Psychological Society. I help people coping with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, purging disorder, obesity and body dysmorphia, as well as support family or carers of those with eating related issues. I am part of an international network of specialist eating disorder therapists., which helps me to stay current.
I hold a certificate in couple counselling and have also trained with Tavistock Relationships, a foremost provider of relationship and family therapy. I continue to work part time for Tavistock Relationships as part of their Reducing Parental Conflict team, alongside my private practice. In this capacity I work with parents and co-parents experiencing conflict and parenting difficulties.
I hold a diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and am an Advanced Practitioner in Brainworking Recursive Therapy (BWRT®) - a powerful and rapid style of working that works with the brain's neuro-plasticity to enable people to achieve the changes they desire.
I have trained in various approaches for reducing PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), including the renowned Rewind Technique with Dr David Muss.
I have significant experience of working with people dealing with mental health issues, I was a volunteer counsellor for Mind (www,mind.org.uk), the mental health charity, for many years and have served on the board of a local eating disorders support charity.
I am trained in coaching skills and techniques and can help those who wish to make personal improvements in their life, using a combination of coaching and therapeutic approaches.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Modalities I use include Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) and Relationship counselling. The counselling methods that I use are systemic approaches, which means that they are helpful for working with individuals within the contexts of their environments and their relationships, but also in situations where there may be more than one person involved, for example working with couples, families, groups or teams.
I hold a Master Practitioner qualification for Eating Disorders and Obesity from the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED), including nutritional skills. I have also trained in Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) for eating disorders with Kings College IoPPN, the Maudsley Method for treating anorexia nervosa in adults and Schema Therapy for eating disorders.
I have trained at Tavistock Relationships in Mentalization Based Therapy for Parenting under Pressure (MBT-PP) and am currently working on a DWP funded project to provide parenting therapy in the community. I have also trained in the 4Rs and 2Ss model of group family therapy.
I have worked for several years as a voluntary counsellor for Mind, the mental health charity. As such I have significant experience of working with adults dealing with all sorts of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, panic disorder, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder and emotionally unstable personality disorder (formerly known as Borderline Personality Disorder).
I hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (DHP) and am an Advanced Practitioner of Brainworking Recursive Therapy™ (BWRT®), a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner. I have completed specialist training in several other areas including managing the effects of physical conditions such as chronic pain, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Tinnitus, motivational weight management, dealing with phobias and eliminating problem habits.
- I am a Registered Member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) where my registration number is 084216
- I am an Affiliate Member of the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED)
- I am registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (registration number 001154-L10). The CNHC is the government accredited UK voluntary register for complementary healthcare practitioners (approved by the Professional Standards Authority).
- I continue to keep my skills up to date with further study and ongoing training; this, as well as my affiliation with BACP, NCFED and CNHC means that I am able to remain current on regulatory matters pertaining to the use of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy and to make sure that I am complying with all statutory requirements.
- I follow the BACP Ethical Framework and am bound by the CNHC code of conduct.
- I have comprehensive liability insurance with a reputable professional insurance provider
- DBS enhanced certificate (latest dated 2018)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationships and family concerns
Parenting under pressure
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Neuropathy/nerve pain/chronic pain
Fear and phobias
My fees depend on the type of appointment. Please see my website for full, up to date fees and terms: http://www.lifeinsighttherapy.co.uk/contact-fees/
I offer concessions for young people aged 18-25 (or aged 16-25 for eating disorder therapy).
Concessions offered for
Please note that I am only currently offering online appointments until further notice. Due to demand I am also operating a waiting list for new clients, please enquire for availability.
I offer a lower cost initial consultation to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you (currently not available in the evening).
My personal practice room is located in a private, comfortable and peaceful location with free client parking. However, there is no waiting room so please do not arrive too early for your appointment as you may have to wait outside.
Evening sessions are available but are in high demand and often subject to a waiting list.
Whilst I am happy to work with older teenagers and young adults, I do not work with children. The youngest age I work with is 18, with the exception of eating disorders and related issues where I may work with younger people, subject to assessment.
Unfortunately, my practice premises is not currently fully accessible for disabled clients as there are several steps up to the main door (it is an old, listed building with some limitations). Please call me to discuss if this is of concern.