Amanda Read, MBACP Registered
Hello, I am a warm and compassionate counsellor and mindfulness practitioner, who has a real enthusiasm for helping individuals work through their emotional issues and personal difficulties towards healing, to improve well-being and make positive changes in their lives.
Living in a busy world we can struggle day to day with our emotional issues, leaving us feeling exhausted, low, stuck, anxious, alone and overwhelmed with our thoughts and personal challenges. Counselling is a safe, calm and confidential space for you to talk freely about your thoughts, feelings and personal 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 and encourage you to develop new ways of coping, so that you are more independent and resourceful. I aim to build an equal and trusting relationship with you, so that you are empowered to make your own choices and decisions.
I can also guide you to take notice of your over-busy mind more accurately without judgement, by paying attention to the present moment with mindfulness practice, helping you reduce unhelpful habitual reactions to everyday stress.
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
- Grief, loss
- 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
- GDPR new regulations awareness
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Suicide Awareness
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
- 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
I offer a 20 minute initial telephone consultation which is free without obligation.
First counselling session fee is £20, 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 - Saturday
Types of client