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AJ Therapy

About me

We all have times in our lives when we feel unable to cope and day to day life is just too much. Sometimes we know exactly why we feel like this and want some support while we work through it, but other times we may need extra help to work out what's going on for us.

My name is Amanda and I offer a safe, warm and accepting space where we can explore these issues at a pace that suits you. We will work together to help you gain perspective, understanding and work towards any goals, until you feel equipped and able to move forward on your own.

I have helped a broad range of clients from all walks of life with varying backgrounds, including abuse survivors, addicts, sex workers, family support, the disabled and high profile men and women.

Whatever situation you find yourself in, I will be here to work with you confidentially and respectfully.

I know how hard it is to take the first step and reach out for help, so if you've read this far, please feel free to contact me for a chat and to see if therapy is the way forward for you.

I am always happy to have an informal chat before you decide to commit to therapy. I offer a free 30 minute initial phone consultation where you can outline what you are hoping to achieve from therapy and if I can help you.

Your first session with me will be held at a mutually convenient time (either online or in person),will be 50 mins and will cost £45. This will give us both the opportunity to discuss in more detail what you are looking for and what I can offer you. You are not obligated to book any subsequent sessions, it's entirely your call.

My sessions are client led, so you won't feel pressured to disclose or discuss anything you aren't comfortable with.

I can be contacted on 07903 643649. Where I am unable to take your call, please leave a message letting me know a good time to get back to you. Alternatively, you can email me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2018 and have been in placements since 2017.

I have had a keen interest in Psychology and Counselling since I was 13 and first experienced my own therapy, which made me aware of the benefits of just having someone to listen, to actually hear me.

I have studied many aspects and worked in different environments where my knowledge and skills have been useful and built upon.  I work integratively, which means I can draw from a toolbox of theories and approaches that suit and benefit you as an individual.

I have specialised in bereavement counselling, low self esteem, anxiety, depression and shame.

Relevant Studies and Qualifications:

  • The Science of Wellbeing (2021)           
  • Mental health First Aid (2020)                   
  • CBT for Depression and Anxiety (2019)
  • Transactional Analysis and the Inner Child (2018)
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency (2019)           
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2018)
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (2016)
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2015)

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute no obligation phone session prior to seeing clients.

Sessions are then £50 for a full 60 minutes.

I have limited concessional slots available, please get in touch for further information on this.

When I work

I have flexible appointments available, including early morning, weekdays, weekends and evenings.  Please get in touch for more information.

Maldon, Essex, CM9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My room is located to the rear of the property via a back gate. There are no stairs.

Online platforms

Zoom