Amanda Thomas (Registered MBACP)
People come to counselling for variety of reasons. You may want to find ways of coping with a difficult situation or you may like to have a better understanding as to the reasons why you feel and act the way that you do. So finding a safe place to talk with an experienced counsellor, such as myself, may be the right step for you.
I believe that people of all ages have the inner ability and resources to make positive changes in their lives if they are shown compassion, empathy and a non-judgemental approach. A trusting and positive relationship between the client and the counsellor is fundamental in the counselling process . It is this process that can help you reflect and gain insight into any thoughts and feelings you may be experiencing and help you to find ways of moving forward.
I am an experienced Integrative counsellor, which means that I can draw on a broad range of models of counselling using varying techniques and knowledge so that you can find some clarity, understanding and positive movement in what you may be experiencing or feeling.
I am also able to offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which can be used in the shorter term. It can be an effective type of therapy and has been used extensively for anxiety and depression. It can also be effective for other types of problems and anxieties such as OCD, Self Harm and Trauma. CBT is not a therapy suitable for everyone, but this is something that can be discussed on the initial session.
Counselling for Adults
If you are finding it difficult in some aspect of your life, I can help you discover your own meaning and help you to find ways of moving forward. I can empathise with the pressures that life can throw and that this may feel overwhelming in day to day life. Having somewhere to work through your feelings can help with coping with those pressures. I have a lot of experience with many presenting issues, such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and family issues. Whatever it is that you would like to bring to counselling, we will look at where you are now and where you would like to be in the future, we would then try to work towards that goal.
Counselling for Children
I have a number of ways of helping children explore and understand how they feel about themselves and the world they live in.
I use an intuitive and creative approach in order to give children the ability to explore, be curious and feel safe with whatever issue or anxiety they may bring to counselling. I like to use a variety of creative media in order to help children express what they sometimes cannot find the words for. I may use sand tray, stories, games and drawing. If you child has a particular way of expressing themselves then I would be happy to work with them in that way.
Sometimes it can be useful to work with parents,carers and families of the child and I would encourage this if appropriate and beneficial to the child.
I currently work alongside schools offering an independent counselling service within the school or alternatively at my private practice. I am able to work alongside any programs such as Thrive or if you have a more specific area that you require a counselling service. I also have experience of DAF, CIN and Family Group Process.
Counselling Young People
The transition of child to adult can sometimes be far from easy for some young people. School, family and friends can be impacted on when a young person has an issue or anxiety that they are struggling with.
Counselling may be able to help them to find ways of working with whatever issue they may have – from feeling depressed, social anxiety, concerns with drugs or alcohol or bereavement.
The young person may already have a way that they like to express themselves such as photography, art or poetry and I am happy to work with them in this way or alternatively in a more conventional way of working.
Sessions for the young person are confidential but it may be useful at times for the parents/carers to also be involved in sessions with the young person’s consent.
Grieving is a normal response when you lose a loved one who was important to you. There is no right or wrong way to grieve or a given length of time for the grieving process. You may be going through so many emotions, including anger, guilt and hopelessness or you may be feeling numb or in shock. Depression can sometimes be experienced as you try to come to terms with your loss.
It takes time to adjust to changes and come to terms with the loss that you may be experiencing in your life and it also takes time to adapt to a new way of being. Sometimes talking to a counsellor can help. I can help you work through your thoughts and feelings around the death of your loved one in order to help you find your way in the grieving process.
I have had specialist training in Infant Loss and as a counsellor I can offer you a safe place to explore your feelings around the loss of your child. I may also be helpful if you are currently pregnant and experiencing some difficult thoughts and emotions relating to the loss of a child and your current pregancy
Not everybody has the time, ability or flexibility to attend a one to one session with a counsellor or you may just have a preference to speak to someone by telephone. Telephone counselling works in much the same way as one to one counselling. On the initial session we would look at what would work best for you as a client. I have had previous experience of telephone counselling and it can be as effective as face to face sessions.
If you feel that telephone counselling would work for you, please contact me to discuss this option. We would book a time for you to contact me and discuss what you would like to bring to counselling in the same way as a face to face session. It will also give you the opportunity to ask me any questions.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
I currently work with EAP companies offering short term therapy to clients. I work with a broad range of work related, personal, relational and psychological problems including work stress and trauma. My aim is to help promote well-being, coping skills and a healthy work life balance. If the employee has been on sick leave I can help them work towards a return to the work.
I undertake assessments and therapy for insurance companies usually on a short term basis but I can work longer term as well. I am flexible and able to provide reports in line with the companies policies if required. Please contact me regarding your requirements.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as my private practice, I currently work for Occupational Health at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. The service provides time limited counselling for employees at the hospital. I offer general counselling and CBT to individuals. I also work as a telephone counsellor for 'Think Action' (Addaction) as part of the IAPT service.
As part of my private practice, I have worked within schools offering creative interventions to children of all ages.
I have also completed group work for a small group of children on several occasions. The 10 week course was for children who had experienced domestic abuse and was very successful. This course is being adapted for children who may need help with social problems, low self esteem amongst other presenting problems
My Qualifications are;
Trauma Focused CBT Course Facilitator for children & Young People affected by Domestic Abuse
Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Family Therapy Level 6
Social Care Level 4 Bespoke
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Foundation Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults
Registered Counsellor with the BACP
Current Insurance & DBS checked
Recently attended workshops include:
A Taste in Mindfulness
Sand Play Therapy
‘Rites of Passage’
Attachment and Containment
Bereavement and Complex Grief
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
*My fees are;
£40 per hour for Adults and Telephone/online Counselling
£25 - £35 per hour for children and young people
£50 per hour for couples & family sessions
£40 - £50 per hour EAP/insurance companies
Telephone and online counselling fees are payable in advance of the session.
Schools and organisations please contact me regarding fees.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss a reduced fee
I am also able to offer counselling at your home if you are housebound and unable to come to counselling easily. Please ask for details.
*current clients will be on the previous rate of fees until further notice
I am a BACP Registered Counsellor and member. I am currently completing the application for Accreditation with the BACP.
I have Valid Liability Insurance, ICO registered & DBS Checked.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My availability is; Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm Saturday morning 9am - 12pm Home visits can be arranged on request if you are not able to come to my therapy room easily.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|