Amanda Wanless BA (hons) Dip Counselling, FdA Counselling, MBACP
Are you looking for someone who is experienced, warm and approachable? Someone who can help you make changes in your life? Then let me help you.
People come and see me for many reasons. There may be something specific; a death, the breakdown of a relationship, work or family problems. Perhaps you struggle with low mood, anxiety or depression? Or you feel like you have no focus, and that time is passing you by. Perhaps managing boundaries with other people is difficult.
Alternatively you may just feel like life is kicking you in the teeth and you need some positive changes and coping mechanisms.
Whatever the reason, don't struggle alone. If you feel you are unable to share with friends or family or that isn't enough; talk to me and together we can work it out. I'm here to listen and help you explore and make sense of things without judgement or bias. My aim is then to help you move forward in a way that is right for you.
In our work I will always be open and genuine with you, which at times may include challenging your thoughts and feelings. Typically, I will work with you in two ways; concentrating on what is happening now and also exploring what has shaped you in your life. In my work, clients often find that how they react now is closely linked to the past.
Choosing a counsellor is daunting. At first it may seem hard, possibly embarrassing, sharing your inner thoughts and feelings to someone who initially is a stranger. However, if you can take that first step, then I will do my very best to help.
I meet with clients in my private, quiet and comfortable counselling room. This is located in High Barnet and is convenient for transport links. Free parking is available. However, if you prefer, your session can be held via Zoom or telephone. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, including early mornings and late evenings.
The above is just a very basic outline of my work but please contact me if you wish to know more. There is no commitment and then, if you wish, you can have an initial meeting, where we can explore your counselling need further.
Training, qualifications & experience
After spending over 20 years in the corporate world, I decided to get off the hamster wheel, re-train and have subsequently worked in Education, Youth and Family Services. Roles have included being a Family Support Worker and a Youth Mentor.
My counselling experience is varied and includes working with adults and young people in both private practice and within a counselling organisation, school and charity. Whilst I am a general counsellor I have a lot of experience in bereavement, anxiety and depression and young people.
My work is primarily person centred focusing on the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard and is firmly rooted with the ethical framework of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) of which I am a registered member.
I hold both a Diploma in Counselling and a Foundation Degree in Counselling. I am also committed to ongoing training to enrich my counselling practice. This has enabled me to bring in aspects from other counselling modalities such as psychodynamic and CBT.
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
My standard charge is £35 for the initial meeting and thereafter £50 per session. All meetings last 50 minutes. Concessions to the standard fee are available.
Payments can be made by cash, card or by direct money transfer. If you wish to pay by direct transfer the details will be given to you upon booking. Payment by direct money transfer is required before each session.
Concessions offered for
Initial Assessment Session
In our first meeting we will have a chat about what has brought you to counselling, your background and what you wish to get from our work together. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have.
From this conversation, I can confirm how I can help you and even more importantly, you can decide if you feel comfortable talking to me.
If we both feel counselling will be beneficial, I will give you copies of my terms and conditions and my privacy statement. We can either go through these in the meeting or you can take them home and read them.
If after the initial assessment you wish to start counselling, we will agree on a convenient time to meet each week.
In these sessions we will carry on speaking together regarding your thoughts, feelings and any issues or problems you face. Together, we will find the cause of them and look at ways to manage or move forward with them. The sessions will go at your pace and we will focus on what you wish to bring to each session to work on.