Amanda Perl MSc Psychotherapist Counsellor BACP (Accred) CBT Practitioner
Welcome. My name is Amanda Perl and I am a fully qualified and insured BACP Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist, DBT and CBT Practitioner.
What do you need from therapy?
What do you need from therapy?
Are you feeling lost, sad or lonely? Jealous, fearful, guilty or ashamed? Anxious, critical, unkind and angry losing your temper with yourself or loved ones? Lying compulsively? Do relationships feel tricky? Stress unmanageable? Lack assertiveness yet control others whilst secretly gambling, spending, drinking or using cocaine? Feel preoccupied with eating or Not eating. Obsessed with image, perfectionism and self-monitoring. Difficult to start the day? Missing opportunities, failing at business or work? Numbing out of painful emotions from bereavement or loss? Or you and your partner have become stuck in a rut or found yourselves caught in a cycle of emotional abuse?
Offering a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where you can share and explore present and past experiences, express thoughts and feelings gaining personal awareness, enjoy a better quality of life, robust mental health, improved well-being and positive relationships with friends, parents, siblings, children and work.
Helping you with anxiety, paranoid anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, bereavement, trauma, PTSD, OCD, phobias, anger management, personality disorders, eating disorders including obesity, bulimia and anorexia, body dysmorphia, physical and sexual abuse, gender and sexuality, addiction(s) including substance misuse, alcohol, compulsive lying, codependency, affairs and betrayals, sex and porn, internet, gambling and gaming in addition to parent, couple and relationship issues specialising in couples caught up in a cycle of emotional abuse.
“Life begins on the other side of despair" Jean-Paul Sartre.
I believe each of us is unique with the potential for growth and development and can move forward in our own way. Your motivation to change and our client-therapist relationship is the key to healing.
My practice is all about fitting you to the therapy, not the other way round. Life experience has provided a deep understanding of how individual we are with our own unique story to tell. Our reasons for seeking therapy and desire to move away from stuck patterns are all different. However, our requirements are all the same. That we feel listened to and properly heard, understood and guided through emotional turmoil. There are no essentials or absolutes so why can any of us be expected to be understood by a single theory, style of therapy or helped by one specific therapeutic approach?
Type of therapy
My philosophy is Humanistic-Existential and Person-Centred. Integrating interventions that best suit you including Transactional Analysis, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), recommended under the NICE Guidelines, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic, Systemic, Transpersonal and Gestalt alongside Mindfulness practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Associate Lecturer Open University and Clinical Supervisor delivering Workshops and Retreats to a range of individuals involved in helping others. Formerly Course Lead on a Stage 4 BACP Accredited Gold Standard Counselling Diploma, Clinical Lead, Team leader, Group Facilitator, Domestic Violence Lead, Trainer, Developer and Lead on Transtheoretical and Structured Day care programmes. Specific Substance Misuse and Alchohol Recovery Service Programmes set up within large London Boroughs. Outpatient Department delivering long-term Psychotherapy at the Department of Psychotherapy & Art Psychotherapy. Focus on Personality Disorders including Borderline, Narcissistic, Antisocial, Histrionic and Obsessive. Jointly commissioned third sector Charity/NHS and Dual Diagnosis Service e.g., bipolar, schizophrenia. Training in therapeutic relationship, group dynamics, facilitation and interventions including harm reduction delivered to Probation and associated Offender Services within the Criminal Justice System.
MSc in Psychology
BSc (Hons)in Psychology
Advanced (Integrative) Diploma in Counselling
Certificate in Clinical Supervision, British Psychological Society
Eating Disorders & Nutrition (Interview with Happiful Magazine)
CBT for Depression (Interview with Fix Me in Forty-Five)
Relationship break ups Depression (Interview with the Metro)
Anxiety Integrated Approach (Interview with Grazia on unusual stress symptoms)
Emotional Abuse (Interview with BBC Trending)
Trauma (Resilience, Secondary Trauma and Post-Trauma Growth)
Mindset (sports psychology)
OCD & Phobias
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Student Issues (Interview with Study International)
Gender and Sexuality
Addictive Thinking, Drugs & Alcohol, Gambling, Internet, Gaming, Porn,
Equality and Diversity
Prejudice, racism, antisemitism and discrimination
Workshops and presentations delivered including at BPS Conferences and school INSET staff training days: Assertiveness, Relationships, Managing Challenging Behaviour, Personality Disorders, Mindfulness, Health & Well-being, Addictions, Anxiety and Disordered Eating [Eating Disorders].
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Couples counselling
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
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Counselling & Psychotherapy £40 to £75 per 50 minute session individuals and couples
Leigh-on-Sea: available, parking outside
Basildon: unavailable, instead can be seen at Leigh-on-Sea practice
Skype available amandaperl
Supervision from £50 (no more spaces until January 2020)
Groups email or phone for availability, fees upon request
Equality and Diversity, change management,
Communication, Presentations, Discourse analysis Workshops
School Staff INSET days, Seminars, Conferences
Essex located in Leigh-on-Sea covering Southend, Thorpe Bay, Westcliff, Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Pitsea, Wickford, Rayleigh, Eastwood, Chelmsford, Grays, Thurrock and all other locations within a 1 hour journey.
Skype available for London, the rest of the UK and International clients
- 10 steps to freedom from anxiety and depression
- Workplace bullying: How to survive, move forward and heal
- Relationship addiction and narcissism: Are you trapped in the cycle of codependency?
- Emotionally abusive relationships: Survivors of narcissistic parents
- Emotionally abusive relationships: Social media stalkers
- Are you an angry man? How to stop projecting your rage onto your partner
- How to tell if you’ve been manipulated by a narcissist
- Male adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Anxiety and escapism: a post-traumatic stress disorder
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available Monday to Thursday 9 am to 9 pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Working with student and qualified counsellors, therapists, coaches, groups and professionals, trained in Clinical Supervision at the British Psychological Society.