Amanda Read, MBACP Registered
Hello, I am a warm and compassionate counsellor and mindfulness practitioner, who has a real enthusiasm for supporting individuals work through their emotional issues such as anxiety, bereavement, depression and low self-esteem towards healing, to improve well-being and make positive changes in their lives.
Living in a busy stressful world we can struggle day to day with our personal challenges, leaving us feeling anxious, low, stuck, alone and overwhelmed with our thoughts and constant worries about the uncertainty in our lives.
Sometimes we can feel poorly about ourselves, compare ourselves to others, be our own worst critic and feel we are not good enough and a failure.
Making the decision to see a counsellor can be really daunting, so my aim is to support you through your counselling journey by creating a safe, calm and confidential space for you to talk freely about your difficulties, where you will be listened to, understood with sensitivity, without being judged.
Counselling Approach / Aims
My counselling approach is person-centred, humanistic, which is non-directive and non-judgemental. I believe every person has the capacity to grow towards fulfilling their true potential, and that they are the real experts on their own lives.
I can work alongside you to explore your issues at your own safe pace, help you gain a better understanding, discover your strengths and encourage you to develop new ways of coping, so that you are more independent, resourceful and resilient. I aim to build an equal and trusting relationship with you, so that you are empowered to make more authentic choices and life decisions.
With greater self-awareness, self-trust, self-confidence and self-worth, you will be able to make positive steps to a more satisfying and meaningful life.
I offer one-to-one short and long-term counselling sessions to adults in an appropriate counselling room near to Leicester City Centre with on-site parking and road parking nearby. I also offer home visits to individuals who have mobility issues, which offers flexibility and choice.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma Counselling
- Foundation Counselling Certificate
- Basic Counselling Skills
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
- Mindfulness Skills
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have over 10 years of counselling practice experience in my local community. As a volunteer at Mosaic Shaping Disability charity, I provided emotional support to a variety of people in communities throughout Leicestershire and Rutland, who are living with disability and long-term conditions.
My current counselling practice includes supporting individuals affected by cancer, including carers and family members at Coping with Cancer.
I have helped and supported many individuals face and work through a wide range of emotional issues and personal difficulties including:-
- Alcohol / drug abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Lack of self-worth / self-confidence
- Panic attacks
- Relationship issues
- Separation, divorce, affairs and betrayals
- Stress, work related
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
- Mindfulness & Compassion Meditation
- Grief works
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Suicide Awareness
- CBT Toolkit
- Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse Training Programme
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Motor Neurone Disease - MND
Multiple Sclerosis - MS
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - COPD
Photos & videos
I offer a 20 minute initial telephone consultation which is free without obligation.
First counselling session fee is £25, an opportunity for you to see if you feel comfortable and happy to work with me as your counsellor.
After the first session, counselling sessions are £40 per session (50 minutes).
Home visit fee will be dependent on your location in Leicestershire.
Next Steps: Please contact me on 07707 062481 to book your free without obligation 20 minute initial telephone consultation.
I look forward to hearing from you.
✓ Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
✓ Enhanced DBS check
✓ Professional indemnity insurance
✓ Monthly supervision
✓ Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
A copy of the BACP's Ethical Framework can be found on the BACP website www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am flexible to accommodate clients Monday - Friday
Types of client