Amanda Rafferty, BA (Hons), Dip. Counselling, MBACP (Reg), MNCS (Accred).
I have worked with a variety of mostly adult clients, but including young people and children. I offer one to one counselling sessions in both Bangor and Belfast (Dundonald), whichever is suitable to you. I have worked in the voluntary sector for almost 30 years. I have a particular interest in working with people who have experienced difficult childhoods. I specialise in women going through menopause transition.
The counselling clients, who come to me, do so, for many different reasons. This can range from feelings of general dissatisfaction and unhappiness with life, to clients with Anxiety and Depression or those with deep emotional pain.
Sometimes we can experience feelings of not being able to “fit in” or feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness. Whilst specialising in clients who struggle to stop following unhelpful patterns of relational behaviour, I work with clients with a wide range of presenting issues. However obviously no 2 people are the same, therefore, you may have completely different reasons for wanting to come to counselling. Whatever your reasons, we will work collaboratively to explore whatever is troubling you and is having a negative impact on your life. Together we will endeavour to make a positive lasting change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated in 1988 with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Politics. I also have a postgraduate Diploma in Administrative and Legal studies. I feel my broad educational and multi-disciplinary professional background and my broad range of life experiences adds to the value of the experience that I can offer my clients. My counselling qualifications include a Diploma in integrative Counselling (Person-centred & Psychodynamic) and also a higher-level Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic and CBT). I am an integrative practitioner, but I am particularly passionate about psychodynamic therapy. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Levels 1 & 2. I also have an OCN level 3 certificate in substance misuse. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS).
I firmly believe, and have experienced, how counselling and psychotherapy can help you become the “best you can be”. However if this is to happen, there has to be the “right fit” between counsellor and client.
Our work will be a partnership where you will feel safe, you will be free to express who you are and I will assist you to work towards your goals in a genuine non-judgemental and confidential environment. I will remain open to ensuring that our work together “fits” what you want. This includes respecting your preference for short or long-term work and also factoring in your thoughts on the counselling modality.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Sessions last 50 minutes and cost £40, however, concessions are offered to students and those on benefits. If full EMDR processing appears to be the most appropriate treatment, 90 minute sessions can be offered and these would be charged at £60 per 90 minute session.
Training qualifications and experience
In order to keep my professional development as current as possible, I have participated in numerous training courses. These have ranged from Addiction, Asist, Autism Awareness, Beating the Blues, Bereavement, Child Protection, Disability awareness, Equality & Diversity, Mental Health First Aid, Parent-teen communication, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Safe Talk, Suicide & Risk, Outcomes Star, Vulnerable Adult, Working with single Dads, Working with young Mums and Steps to cope.
If you would like to have an initial telephone conversation about how I could possibly benefit you, please do not hesitate to call me. This is an opportunity for you to ask some relevant questions and for us to decide if even a one-off face to face session may be helpful. You can either email me, in the first instance, or contact me by telephone. Counselling sessions, are usually once weekly and appointments can be day-time or evening.