Amanda Wanless

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BA (hons) Dip Counselling, FdA Counselling, MBACP
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4NJ
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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 either face to face or via Zoom.

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 panic attacks, 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.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My standard charge is £40 for the initial meeting and thereafter £65 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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday - Thursday 7.30am - 7pm 

Further information

Counselling sessions

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.

Regular Sessions

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.

Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4NJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Please contact me regarding your specific requirements. In addition all appointments can also be held remotely via Zoom, Skype or telephone.

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Amanda Wanless
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