Amanda Jeffries MA, MSt, UKCP (accred), MBACP
I am an experienced therapist offering short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy. I deal with issues including depression, loss, anger, anxiety, relationship and mental health difficulties, as well as exploring who you are and life directions.
Please note that because of the coronavirus, I am currently working online. Outside lockdown periods I am also offering sessions conducted by means of walks in a quiet park. Vacancies permitting, I am happy to take you on as a new client if you are struggling with the way Covid-19 is impacting on your life, as well as wanting to take up counselling or psychotherapy for other reasons.
You may be seeking help because you are going through a period of crisis or pain, or because you have felt stuck, anxious or depressed for some time. There may be past or present issues or relationship that you feel the need to explore. You may have experienced, or be starting to experience, mental health difficulties. My core approach is psychodynamic, which means that we will work together to get to the root of current or ongoing issues, and try to make sense of them and work through the feelings involved. My aim is to offer the right balance of support and challenge to help you move forward, understand yourself better, and discover more satisfying ways of thinking, feeling, relating and living.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Modern Languages, and an MSt in Psychodynamic Practice, from Oxford University. The latter includes both a Certificate in Psychodynamic Studies and a Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice. I am currently Co-Chair of the Oxford Psychotherapy Society.
I am accredited by and registered with the UKCP, and a member of the BACP, and I abide by their codes of ethics and practice.
I have several years experience of offerering counselling and psychotherapy in different NHS settings, including Psychological Services. I have also worked in a large workplace organisation, offering therapy for work-related and personal issues, and have experience of working with people with mental health issues.
I have a wide professional experience of working with people from diverse cultures and religious backgrounds. I can offer therapy in Spanish, and also have a good understanding of French.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am happy working with spiritual dimensions of therapy if this is an approach you would like to take.
I see people once a week at a regular time for 50-minute sessions. My current fee is £49. I may be able to offer a concessionary place if you are unwaged or on a very low income - please mention in your enquiry if you would like to apply for one of these.
Concessions offered for
Please visit my website www.amandajeffries.co.uk for more details of how I work. My phone is often on voicemail when I am in session, so please leave a message and I will get back to you.