Amanda Van Der Straaten

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Dip. Couns Reg MBACP
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Gillingham, Kent, ME7
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About me

Life can get us all down at one time or another. Sometimes we can end up feeling very stuck unable to see an alternative and trudging along not knowing how to make changes or even if change is what we need.

How I work
I am a Person Centred counsellor with experience of working with both adults and young people. I work in a non directive way, allowing my client to steer the work. My view is my client knows how they feel, my role is to help them to work out what they can, or want, to change, and if necessary support change. I came into contact with counselling initially as a client so I am well aware how daunting it may feel to make that first contact. I hope we can find the way through together, to a happier stronger you.

What happens next
When you make contact I would look to respond with 48 hours. We would then talk about making an appointment and arrange something mutually convenient.
In the first meeting we would see if the way I work would suit you and if we get on. At that point we would complete a (short) contract which would set out what we expect of each other. This is usually how often we would meet my fees what you can expect of me and my expectations of your attendance and how payment would be arranged.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a diploma in humanistic counselling. I have previously worked for four years for Young Healthy Minds a KCC commissioned service providing emotional well-being support to young people in Kent schools. Prior to that I have worked in a women's refuge dealing with the issues surrounding domestic violence and a Further Education College working with young adults who were experiencing emotional distress.

Member organisations

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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£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£55 per session. (Some discounts may be available for those not in employment or suffering hardship)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I currently work daytime Mondays

Duncan Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Amanda Van Der Straaten
Amanda Van Der Straaten