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, family issues 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, 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.
How I work
My counselling approach is person-centred, which means I am guided by you with what you decide to bring to counselling. 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.
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.
If you are looking for short term support, I can offer solution focussed brief therapy techniques to help you find and implement realistic, workable solutions to your 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
- 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 14 years of counselling practice experience in my local community. Experience includes volunteering for Mosaic Shaping Disability charity, where I provided emotional support to people living with disability and long-term conditions throughout Leicestershire and Rutland.
I currently volunteer for Coping with Cancer Charity, where I support individuals affected by cancer, including carers and family members.
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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- 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
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Motor Neurone Disease - MND
Multiple Sclerosis - MS
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - COPD
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
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I offer a 20 minute initial telephone consultation which is free without obligation.
First counselling session fee is £30, 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 £45 per session (50 minutes).
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
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