Amanda Van Der Straaten Dip. Couns Reg MBACP
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. Previously 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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per session. (Some discounts may be available for those not in employment or suffering hardship)