Amanda Lewis DipCouns. MBACP
I aim to provide you with a safe space within which together we can explore what is not working in life for you and causing upset right now, no matter how big or how small.
I am an experienced professional therapeutic Counsellor who has worked with many issues - anxiety,depression, relationships difficulties, loss, abuse, lack of confience, anger and irritability , the impact of illness and more.Counselling gives you the opportunity to work through and explore why you feel the way you do and look at how to make changes for a more fulfiliing way forward. You will gain greater self awareness and insight into who you are which assists positive change and resolution of your problems.
I can provide an empathetic,safe and confidential space to explore your difficulties whatever they are without judgement.Life difficulties can catch up with us either suddenly or gradually. I feel moved by the courage it takes making the first step to enter into therapy.Thoughts and feelings can sometimes be difficult to manage alone.I will provide you the space to talk in confidence with an empathetic approach showing you gentleness and sensitivity. Life can be so busy and fast paced we get swept along, sometimes issues from the past remain with us and impact on the present, we become unable to deal with what's happening in our lives. Current changes in circumstances or health leave us feeling unable to cope. If you are looking at this website you have taken the first step to get help and explore what's going on for you in order to make changes.I am here for you.
I also have experience in couples counselling and provide sessions to look at relationship difficulties that you are experiencing, which can be having a negative impact on your ability to feel happiness.
I have worked with people and their life problems for over thirty years. Initially in nursing and then I also trained as a Counsellor to gain greater understanding of the psychological aspects of people's needs. Both professions enable me to support change and make a difference for people who are finding life difficult. It takes courage to reach out for help and I am here to listen and support you through this challenging time.
I can offer you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings and look at how you want things to change, in a safe, empathic and non-judgemental environment. I will listen and reflect objectively. As a Counsellor I will not advise, we can work together to look at what is causing your upset and work towards bringing about change for a more fulfilling future.
You can contact me by phone text or email to arrange an initial session to see how you feel.
I provide a relaxed, safe space which you can use to explore whatever you want ,whenever you are ready too, at your own pace. There will be no judgement just a friendly face who can listen and understand your troubles. I work using an integrative approach. There are many different theoretical counselling approaches and I tailor my work to suit your needs as we are all unique.We all experience life differently and react in our own way.
I offer face to face sessions that are fifty minutes and run at a regular time that suits you each week. I can also do telephone sessions in the same way if required.I am happy to do sessions on weekends or evenings to meet your needs.
I practice in various rooms at different locations to meet the needs of people living in different areas.Chelmsford,Billericay and Stock.
Chelmsford Counselling and Therapy Centre
32 Oliver House
The complimentary Therapy Centre
18a Mill Road
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at The Counsel House, in Wickford. I have done courses at Life Force in Colchester and worked for the bereavement service at Farleigh Hospice. I have encountered clients with a multitude of problems and also have my nursing experience through which I have worked with thousands of people over the years who have a range of physical and psychological problems.
My Counselling Qualifications include:
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Cert Counselling Studies
- Cert Counselling Skills
- Cert Creative therapy
- Cert Bereavement Counselling
- Cert in Theory and practice of working with Couples
- Cert in working with sexual abuse
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 charge £40 for a fifty minute session.
I do reduced rates for student Counsellors.
For couples Counselling I charge £60 for a fifty minute session.
I believe the most important aspect of entering Counselling is the therapeutic relationship you have with your therapist. You need to feel safe and comfortable to be able to discuss your problems.
Following an initial assessment it is for you to decide together whether I am able to help you and if you feel comfortable to work with me. There needs to be a feeling of trust and safety between us.
Please feel free to contact me and take the first step