Amanda Medwin-Jones Dip. Couns, at Bright Hope Counselling (MBACP)
My name is Amanda and I am an integrative counsellor/therapist, with a underpinning of person centred approach. This means I work with you and integrate different counselling skills dependant on what you bring to therapy. I am a registered member of the BACP (my registration logo can be seen further down) I offer a 1:1 counselling/therapy/psychotherapy to people aged 16 and over.
I understand coming into counselling can be very daunting. I offer a warm, caring, non judgemental and relaxed environment to help ease you into counselling, working with you knowing that you know yourself better than anyone.
The whole process of counselling starts with you contacting me either by email, or telephone. I will ask you a few questions about why you want to enter into counselling at this time, and talk about how we can work together effectively. This can be arranged by a free 20 minute assessment, or a face to face initial assessment at a reduced rate to any further sessions. There is no obligation to start counselling after either of these as it is important we match before working together.
I usually work with clients once a week for 50 minutes session. This can either be pre-arranged on a weekly basis at the same time/day each week or if more convenient to your lifestyle we can confirm each week, for the following week. I also see clients two weekly or monthly if this suits you. It has been proven that weekly sessions are more beneficial to build trust within our therapeutic relationship initially. I see clients short or long term dependant on client need.
I have vast experience of working with clients who have mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. I specialise in mental health disorders and the impact this can have on relationships and work. I also work with clients who have experienced trauma, abuse, ptsd and post natal depression either male or female. I am happy to work with people from all different backgrounds, autistic diagnosed or undiagnosed and people with special needs and some medical needs if this is possible to accommodate within the workplace.
So how can I work with you? I can aid you in improving your mood and help you to deal with any issues you may be having now or dealing with past experiences. The counselling may involve a specific reason you have chosen to enter counselling or it can be more general long term psychotherapy which will look at more aspects of your life. This in turn will create a life that you are more comfortable and happier in. It will improve your relationship with yourself and others. You can have the space and freedom to talk about anything without judgement. If you are open to counselling then you can gain insight into yourself, entering counselling is not easy, but the rewards from this are lifelong
Talking to a professional enables you to talk freely about your issues, without judgement. We often find it difficult to share our innermost thoughts and feelings with the people close to us, as we don’t want to upset or hurt them. I can offer you someone to talk to without that fear.
If you would like to learn more about the different counselling approaches that I use then more detailed information can be found below.
A little bit about me? My name is Amanda, I am middle aged and decided to become a counsellor quite a few years ago now. I have had my own private practice for three years and really enjoy the client diversity I work with. I still feel huge job satisfaction from helping clients, and am still amazed at watching clients re-create their lives for a better future.
If you feel having counselling with me is something that you may be interested in. You can contact me by email or telephone. A free 20 minute phone consultation or face to face initial assessment can be arranged. I look forward to hearing from you!
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as continuing professional development (CPD) which all counsellors who are members of a professional body have to undertake each year, I believe in life long learning. I feel it is important to keep up to date, and learn as much as I can, so that I can offer you the best service possible.
Level 2 Counselling (1 year)
Level 3 Counselling (1 year)
Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (2 years)
Trauma, Personality and the brain April 2019
Surviving Trauma 2019
Trauma CPD 2018
CSA CPD 2018
Addiction CPD 2018
Working Effectively with Shame CPD 2017
Working Creatively with Young People 2017
Adult Attachment CPD 2017
Mental Health Awareness 2016
Child Protection 2014
Depression and Anxiety 2012
Mental Health Act 2012
Mental Health Aid 2012
Post Natal Depression Awareness 2009
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mental health disorders
Loss and Grief
Coming to terms with diagnosis/disability of yourself or family member
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I offer a FREE 20 Minute phone consultation (pre-arranged)
The initial assessment is charged at £30
My fees thereafter are £40 per 50 minutes session.
Concessions are available, I have a limited amount of low cost counselling sessions available, for clients on low incomes/benefits. Please enquire when you contact me.
My counselling student fees are £30 (Proof of institution, supervision etc.)
Full time student fees £30 (Proof is required)
I take payment by cash or card on the day and by BACS transfer in advance of your session
My therapy rooms are based in the community centre in Sittingbourne, and Abbey Place Clinic in Faversham. They are both easily accessible by walking, bus, or train. There is limited free parking available for an hour at Faversham, or parking at the nearby Tesco. In Sittingbourne there is a pay and display car park at the library which is within a short walking distance from the centre. Both premises have disabled access and toilets.
I am flexible with my working hours, and can usually accommodate various times, dependant on my client maximum. If I have a full client base, I have a waiting list, which I am happy to add you to.
The Person Centred approach is part of the humanistic family of theories. Carl Rogers developed this theory and is based on the client knowing how to help themselves, giving them unconditional positive regard which includes empathy, non judgement and space to explore their own thoughts in the here and now. It is about reaching your potential without looking at your past.
Being able to talk about anything that comes up for the client. Relating previous childhood experiences, relationships and traumas to what is being experienced in the present. Looking at unconscious thought processses.
Looking at behaviour and social interactions and working out which perspective you are coming from. We all have a adult, parent and child within us and sometimes past experiences leave us sitting with certain ways of being. Recognising these ways enables growth and understanding.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
A more directive approach to therapy based on setting gradual goals to a set target. Can be useful if have very specific needs and want to change a behaviour. I use this alongside other theories as feel it is important to look at why you are behaving the way you are.
Gestalt theory is very much about looking at the present moment and concentrating on the here and now. Staying in the moment of now without looking at past, and just what is happening in your life now at this exact moment. This theory is great for grounding and stabilising thoughts.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Available Monday to Friday. Feel free to call, email, or text to discuss your requirements.
Types of client