I qualified as a registered general nurse in 1984 and occupational health adviser in 1995. My priorities have been about the psychological, physical and social care of my patients and clients.
I qualified as a person-centred counsellor in 2000 and use an interdisciplinary model developed by George L. Engel in 1977. I adopt the biopsychosocial model which supports clients' biological, psychological and social experiences and issues. I also work with other counselling models such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and solution focused techniques (SFT) if deemed more appropriate for the client.
My approach is respectful and holistic irrespective of sexual orientation, race or religious belief.
I am able to offer flexible appointments and sessions will be without judgement or criticism and I aim to provide a safe, empathic environment for clients.
During this unsettling time, I offer sessions by telephone, Zoom, WhatsApp or face-to-face in the Prestwich, Chorley or Bolton clinics. Every care is taken with respect to social distancing and safeguarding the client.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any aspect of my service.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered General Nursing
- ENB 998 Clinical Teaching and Assessment 1992
- City and Guilds 9294 1993
- Diploma Higher Education...Community Health Care Studies 1995
- Occupational Health Nurse Diploma 1995
- ENB 870 Introduction and Application Research 1995
- Certificate Counselling 1999
- Diploma Counselling 2000
I have undertaken courses for my continuing personal development and these have supported my work in the following areas
- Low mood, anxiety and depression
- Low self confidence and low self esteem
- Personal issues
- Relationship issues
- Work related issues and bullying
- Loneliness and sadness
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
- Terminal illness
- Palliative care- people caring for someone with life limiting illnesses or disability
- Bereavement through illness, injury or disability
- Loss of self worth and identity
- Self harm and suicidal thoughts
- Infertility and miscarriage
- Pre and post natal depression
- Female and male menopause
- Chronic fatigue/ post viral stress disorder
I worked as a volunteer counsellor at Trafford Macmillan Centre for 10 years. Clients were either carers for people with life limiting conditions, predominantly cancer or people who had problems around loss and bereavement
I also have experience working as a counsellor for a charity in Lancashire and I currently volunteer for Feed for All in Need in Manchester
I work with clients from the age of 15.
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
From £60.00 to £100.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Initial telephone call to establish how I can help is not charged for.
Individuals - £60 per 60 minutes face to face session
Couples - £70 per 60 minute face to face session
Kettle is always on!
Telephone - £50 up to 60 minutes session
Concessions - Please discuss with counsellor
Please contact me to discuss my charges which include any room charges and insurance.
I accept self referrals by telephone, text or email and I will respond as quickly as possible.
Home visits can be arranged where appropriate. A GP referral is preferable to explain the issues that their patient is experiencing. This is for the safety of both the client and counsellor.
Days, evenings, nights until 10pm and weekends by arrangement at the Prestwich Holistic Centre.
Other venues and home visits by arrangement
I am based in Prestwich and also cover areas within Greater Manchester, Bury, Bolton, Chorley and Preston by arrangement
There is disabled access in Prestwich and Bolton.
In addition to the counselling services I am co owner of The Wellness Consultancy.org and I can offer mindfulness, meditation, occupational health advice, coaching and workshops.
Working alongside individuals in the work environment is very productive and the following remarks are from clients:
'Dramatic life changing positive transformation and transition on my recovery process. Emotional and physical well being improved immensely. Amanda has been exceptional in every way. I would not be where I am in my recovery journey if I hadn't had Amanda's counselling. 1st class' LA April 2019
'I cannot emphasise how beneficial I have found my sessions with Amanda and I will take forward the techniques to assist me in the future' QZ June 2019
'This has been so helpful to bring me back into a really good position. Amanda has been amazing, so supportive and understanding in all aspects. Thank you so much' MM March 2019
Therapy Today BACP
Articles are varied and can be used in line with the therapy a counsellor is offering to their clients
A Biopsychosocial Approach to Return to Work Watson 2015 Occupational Health Journal
Website What Works Well email@example.com
'Overcoming Anxiety: A self Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques' 2009 Dr Helen Kennerley
'You'll Get Over It: The Rage of Bereavement' by Virginia Ironside 1997
'Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness' 1997 Dr Edward Charlesworth and Dr Ronald Nathan
I am focused on creating a safe, confidential environment and service to clients. If there is anything you would like to discuss informally then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mobile 07342136192 Email firstname.lastname@example.org