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, unheard, misunderstood, alone and overwhelmed with our issues 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 just not good enough.
Making the decision to see a counsellor can be really daunting, 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.
How I work
My counselling approach is person-centred, which means I collaboratively work with you to explore your issues at your own safe pace, help you gain a deeper understanding of your thoughts and feelings, reconnect with your inner values and sense of self-worth, 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 feel more empowered to make authentic choices and better life decisions. I can also incorporate CBT tools and techniques, which can help you identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours, in order to develop positive changes.
You may want to learn about mindfulness and meditation, where I can show you how to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness with less judgment and more self-compassion, which can improve your emotional well-being and promote living more mindfully.
You may prefer to work in a more creative way where I can offer sand tray therapy, where you can represent your personal world using symbolic objects in a sand filled tray. This creative therapy encourages expression and a powerful way to enhance your awareness, towards resolution to a variety of personal issues.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have over 15 years of counselling practice experience.
My experience includes working in the charity sector, previously for Mosaic Shaping Disability based in LFE and currently at Coping with Cancer, where I provide emotional support to individuals affected by cancer, including carers and family members.
- Diploma Counselling
- Foundation Counselling Certificate
- Basic Counselling Skills
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
- Mindfulness Skills
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
- Sand Tray Therapy
- Working with Narcissism
- Imposter & Self-Esteem
- Rewind Technique (Trauma focussed)
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Long-term conditions including:-
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
I offer you an initial 20 minute telephone consultation which is free without obligation, to discuss what brings you to counselling and understand your individual needs and expectations.
The first session cost is £35, which is an opportunity to see if you feel comfortable to work with me as your counsellor and establish an agreement how we work together. Counselling sessions thereafter cost £45 per session (sessions are 50 minutes duration).
I look forward to hearing from you.
✓ Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
✓ Enhanced DBS check
✓ Professional indemnity insurance
✓ Monthly supervision
✓ Continuing Professional Development (CPD)