Amanda Hughes MSc Child, Adolescent and Adult Counsellor MBACP UKCP reg
I provide individual counselling for adults, children and adolescents in my peaceful therapy room in Tadley, within easy reach of Reading, Basingstoke, Newbury and surrounding areas of Hampshire and Berkshire. I also offer coaching, support and strategies for parents or carers.
- Are you looking for help with a specific problem? Examples include anxiety and depression, issues with body image and food, grief and loss, gender identity and sexuality.
- Perhaps you have a general sense that there must be more to life? You want to be happier, achieve goals, be healthier, relax more - but you keep on blocking or sabotaging yourself.
- Are you stressed and overwhelmed? Would you like emotional support and coping strategies to deal better with difficult life situations, including chronic illness and pain, family or work problems?
- Are you a parent or carer of a troubled child? You need a counsellor you can trust, who has the right specialist skills, training and experience. You may also benefit from my parent coaching to help you to help your child yourself.
- Fostering/adoption agencies: I have experience of working in foster care, DDP levels 1 & 2, EMDR Level 2, and up-to-date specialist training in child trauma and dissociation.
I am a sensitive, empathic and gently challenging integrative counsellor with a wealth of training and experience to help with a wide range of issues. I have specialist training in work with children, adolescents and parents/carers, eating disorders, and holistic body oriented psychotherapy.
If you feel I might be the right therapist for you, I offer a free half an hour no obligation phone consultation where we can discuss your issues and how I can help you individually or as a family.
I welcome diversity including all body sizes, abilities, races, sexualities, genders, religions and political values.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development (Jungian), Distinction. University of London/British Psychotherapy Foundation
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Adolescents, Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education, London.
Post Qualification Diploma in Integrative Body Psychotherapy with the Chiron Institute for Body Psychotherapy, London.
Practitioner Skills in Eating Disorders and Obesity, National Centre for Excellence in Eating Disorders
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level One and Two (attachment focussed family therapy)
EMDR (trauma processing using bilateral stimulation) Levels One & Two
Currently completing Dissociation in Children and Adolescents, Assessment & Treatment with BICTD/National Centre for Trauma & Dissociation.
Various short courses, including Transgender at the Tavistock Clinic, London and safeguarding repeated annually.
Member of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.
I have an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate for the child and adult workforce
Registered / Accredited
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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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Coaching for parents/carers
My fees are £60 per adult counselling session.
Family and child therapy fees are variable between £55-95, depending on income and length of session. I am open to discussing a reduced fee for child clients whose parents/carers cannot afford my standard rate.