Amanda Horlick-Coutts MBACP MBPS
I am a qualified, experienced integrative counsellor that takes an empathic, non-judgemental approach to counselling. I offer my clients a safe and confidential space in a dedicated therapy room, within my family home, to be themselves and speak openly about how they are feeling. I specialise in working with young people and have done so for almost 10 years. Adolescence can be incredibly tough and isn’t getting any easier; accessing counselling support during this time can be invaluable. I also have extensive experience working with adults both within my private practice and in schools (staff).
Accessing therapy can feel like a big step, so finding yourself on a counsellors webpage is part of the battle won. It may be a scary process, but it is a process that so many people find worthwhile and life changing - sometimes life enabling. I offer collaborative therapy where we discover the answers to overcome your struggles and work out how you can move forward and feel better.
My integrative approach to therapy means I am able to draw upon a number of different approaches depending on the needs of my client. During our initial, assessment session, we will talk about what has brought you here and how we can work together to get you to where you want to be. Some of my clients prefer to work in a person centred way; they want to someone to listen to them, they want to be really heard, without judgement. Other clients prefer a more structured approach, with aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy, offering strategies and coping mechanisms to manage the difficulties they are facing, this could involve homework - not always a favourite, but hugely beneficial. No two clients are the same and so it's important for me to recognise there is not a one size fits all approach. Together, I’m confident, we will come up with an approach that suits you and meets your needs.
It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, you will potentially be talking about things you haven’t spoken to anyone else about and so our relationship would play a key part in the process. I offer the first session at half the cost so that you can ensure I am someone you would be able to open up to. I am here, feel free to get in touch, even if it's to ask about the counselling process. If picking up the phone is too much at the moment, send me an e-mail. Whatever you are going through right now, know that you do not have to go through it alone. Any kind of step is a step forward and in the right direction. I'm here to do all I can to help you on your way.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BACP certified diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London. This follows on from my BSc Hons in Psychology from the University of Greenwich. I am registered with both the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the BPS (British Psychological Society). In my work as a counsellor I work in accordance with the BACP ethical guidelines and have written the counselling policy in my current place of work accordingly.
In my current role at a secondary school I set up a service focusing on supporting the mental health of 2000+ plus students and 400+ members of staff. Offering a variety of support, including; 1:1 face to face counselling support, online counselling support, group sessions focusing on building self esteem and self worth as well as workshops that look at managing anger through assertiveness.
I have almost 10 years of experience working with young people in both primary schools in economically deprived areas of London, using art, play and creativity as my medium and in secondary schools where I am able to draw on different theoretical perspectives, depending on the needs and maturity of the client. Some clients are able to find their voice using words, others prefer using a creative medium such as painting, clay or role play.
I trained in integrative counselling which means I am able to draw on a number of different approaches depending on what best suits my client. These approaches include person centred, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapy, incorporating things such as play (age appropriate) and mindfulness which I have found to be an incredibly powerful tool.
My clients have faced a variety of difficulties, including low mood, family break down, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, eating disorders, gender dysmorphia, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse (sexual, physical and emotional), domestic violence (historical and current), bereavement, stress, relationship and friendship difficulties, bullying, cyber bullying, exam stress/pressure, low self esteem and self worth, self destructive behaviours and confusion around sexuality, to name a few. I provide a safe place to enable you to talk through your concerns and thoughts without judgement to enable you to unravel your problems and see them from a different, more manageable, perspective. Sometimes we are too tied up in our own knots to untangle them on our own.
I have extensive experience working with young people and adults who have mental health difficulties; varying from mild to moderate and severe, resulting from family breakdown, drug or alcohol abuse, prolonged bullying or a traumatic event or series of events in their lives. I have worked alongside mental health services such as CAMHs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and ASTI (Assessment and Short Term Intervention) - offering clients support whilst they're on the waiting list to access these agencies or offering them support following the non acceptance of referrals over to these services due to high levels of demand and high thresholds for acceptance.
I have been afforded the opportunity to work with young people and adults who are on the autistic spectrum and who see the world differently to how you and I do. My clients have also had difficulties such as ODD, ADD or ADHD to contend with.
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
I offer a half price first assessment session. This is to enable you the opportunity to make sure we can work together. In order to get the most out of the counselling process it is so important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor.
First session - 50 minutes - £25
Subsequent sessions - 50 minutes - £50
I offer both long term and short term therapy. If, after your assessment session, we decide that we can work together we can discuss the timescales of therapy. Some clients like a short burst of therapy and access 6-8 once a week sessions. Other clients feel that accessing support over a longer period is what will work best for them. If you aren't sure we can discuss in your first session, create a plan and then review this when the time comes to make sure you are getting what you need.