Amanda Lusty EMDR Consultant, PG Cert EMDR, BA(Hons), MBACP(Senior Accred)
There are times when life can feel like an uphill struggle. My therapy room at Woosehill Medical Centre and in Crowthorne offers individuals the space to be heard in a non-judgemental, confidential and safe environment. My specialism is trauma and I use EMDR therapy to help you move forward with your life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a unique powerful therapy which is very successful in helping people recover from problems triggered by disturbing events in their lives past and present. It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly. Until recently, these conditions sometimes proved difficult to treat with talking therapy. EMDR is a breakthrough therapy because it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.
EMDR is a proven treatment for trauma, but it has also been found to help with the following problems: Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioural & Substance Addictions, Attachment Disorders (relationship difficulties), Agoraphobia, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Complicated Grief, Eating Disorders, Insomnia, Low self-esteem and OCD, Phobias, Performance Enhancement and Self-harming. EMDR can be useful for people who have witnessed or experienced an event like a car accident, a violent crime, sexual or emotional abuse, bullying, a social humiliation or the sudden loss of a loved one, and are struggling to recover.
Sometimes old disturbing memories can be stored in the brain dysfunctionally and this distressing material keeps getting triggered in the here and now which prevents healing from taking place. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can cause disturbance and distress in current day functioning and EMDR is a highly effective therapy to alleviate this distress. EMDR aims to help the brain to reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer intense. It also helps to desensitise the person to the emotional impact of the memory, so that they can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings. You already have most of the information you need to resolve this problem but the two just cannot connect. This is where EMDR can help, allowing new information to come to mind and resolve the old problems - similar to what happens spontaneously in REM or dream sleep.
When a person’s mental health problems have their roots in a distressing life event, EMDR can be very effective very quickly. Studies have shown that EMDR can significantly decrease PTSD and that the effect is long lasting (e.g. Ironson, Freund, Strauss, & Williams, 2002; Scheck, Schaeffer, & Gillette, 1998). People who have experienced several traumatic events, neglect or poor treatment as children usually need more sessions.
EMDR is a complex therapeutic process that should always be delivered by a properly trained therapist.
It was developed by Francine Shapiro and was primarily used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but is now used worldwide to treat a wide range of distressing symptoms. EMDR is well evidenced as a successful treatment, and is one of the few trauma treatments recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) For further information do contact me, or view EMDR UK & Ireland Association website.
I am a Counselling Psychotherapist and EMDR Accredited Consultant and Supervisor and founder partner of Serafina Counselling Partnership. I utilise various models of Humanistic, Solution Focussed and EMDR therapy to offer my clients short or long term therapy. I have experience within an NHS Surgery and run a private practice at Woosehill Medical Centre, Wokingham and at my therapy room in Crowthorne.
I graduated from Greenwich University with a BA (Hons) in Counselling and I am a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and abide by their ethical framework for good practice.
I am a BACP Senior Accredited therapist and an EMDR UK & Europe Accredited Consultant & Supervisor.
I offer clinical supervision for talking therapy and also for EMDR therapists. I am currently studying an EMDR Masters Degree at Worcester University.
I have a Diploma in Counselling Supervision and offer individual supervision to both experienced and student counsellors in line with the BACP Ethical Framework.
If you would like to discuss your supervision needs with me then please call or email for more information.
My fee for supervision is £70 per hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Counselling, Greenwich University, London
Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
EMDR UK & Europe Accredited Consultant
PG Cert EMDR
FdA Counselling, Greenwich University, London
CPCAB Understanding Substance Misuse
Couples Counselling training
Solution Focussed Therapy
Enhanced CRB checked
EMDR Therapy, Royal College of Surgeons, London - Member of EMDR UK & Ireland
Membership Number L0195
Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£70 for individual counselling - if self funded
£70 for EMDR Therapy - if self funded
£70 for Clinical Supervision
Many clients have healthcare insurance policies that cover my fees if you have been referred by a General Practitioner or Psychiatrist.
Healthcare provider for: AXA PPP
I offer a discounted fee for students currently studying a counselling course.
HOME VISITS considered dependent on reason, location and availability.
Individuals and couples £90 for a 60 minute session.
Free parking at Woosehill Medical Centre and in Crowthorne.
'Life, at its best, is a flowing, changing process in which nothing is fixed.' (Rogers, 1961)
What benefits can I expect?
Counselling can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, increasing your self esteem and confidence thus allowing you to live life more fully.
As a person-centred counsellor I aim to facilitate you to trust yourself, make your own choices and find your own answers;
'When a person comes to me, troubled by his unique combination of difficulties, I have found it most worth while to try to create a relationship with him in which he is safe and free. It is my purpose to understand the way he feels in his own inner world, to accept him as he is, to create an atmosphere of freedom in which he can move in his thinking and feeling and being, in any direction he desires.' (Rogers, 1961)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday
Types of client