Amanda Royle BSc, MA, Registered & Accredited MBACP
Why get counselling?
Life presents us with a huge variety of challenges that, at times, can feel intensely isolating, overwhelming and painful. Sometimes there are clear triggers for the way we feel – like a bereavement or relationship issues or work/exam pressures – but at other times we might not be aware of why we’re feeling or behaving a certain way.
In either event, experiencing a loss, a crisis or a challenging time can generate a range of emotions that leave us feeling anxious and overwhelmed or depressed and exhausted.
Anxiety and depression often compound our sense of aloneness in a crisis and makes it difficult for us to see a way through.
The process of counselling helps you to express yourself in ways that are often harder to do in the outside world with friends and family.
What should I expect from counselling?
Counselling offers a regular, safe space and a secure, trusting relationship within which you can begin to work through what you're experiencing.
It's tailored to your individual issues and needs and offers an opportunity for fresh insights and ways of approaching your difficulties.
Essentially it aims to promote self-discovery, increased self-awareness and a deeper connection with yourself, others and the world we live in – enabling you to help yourself in moving through your current situation towards becoming more fully you!
The quality of the therapeutic relationship is central to successful therapy so it's important to find a counsellor you're at ease with. For me, the therapeutic relationship is the bedrock for positive change. I see the process of counselling as a joint venture where together we uncover more helpful ways of understanding and adapting to painful losses or overcoming debilitating obstacles.
My Therapeutic approach
As an integrative, relational therapist I draw from a variety of models and approaches which provide an opportunity to work in ways best suited to your individual needs. I offer a warm, holistic approach and draw from both my theoretical training and my own personal and professional, wide-ranging experiences.
My approach generally focusses on your immediate situation. However, it's sometimes helpful to explore patterns in your history and look at ways your past may be affecting how you experience the present, on an emotional and physical level.
I come from an artistic/theatrical background and believe my thirty-year experience within the creative realm gives me an understanding of the creative process and the challenges faced within artistic industries. I believe we're all creative in a variety of everyday ways and that creativity and imagination provide powerful tools for change and healing.
Most recently I have been working within a number of hospice settings and have extensive experience of working with loss. Bereavement is often a time when we experience a variety of reactions and strong emotions that can be very painful and hard to cope with or make sense of. I provide a secure framework for working through grief during this, often, very difficult time. My experience working with bereavement has given me an insight into working with a wide range of problems, including anxiety (e.g. generalised anxiety disorder), depression, trauma, loss in its various forms, anger issues, addiction, OCD, career transition and identity crises.
I practice in accordance with the BACP’s ethical framework for practice that includes total commitment to confidentiality and respect of my clients’ diverse and individual needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy Roehampton University
- BSc Sociology Roehampton University
- Diploma in Acting Central School of Speech & Drama
- Certificate in Massage and Physical Therapy West London Buddhist Centre
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- 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
- Young carers
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
Sessions last for 60 minutes and my hourly rate is £60 but this is negotiable depending on circumstances. Please contact me to discuss. Reduced rates are also offered to students, those on low income or benefits.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have flexible availability
Types of client