Amanda Westgate, Reg. MBACP, Dip. Therapeutic Counselling
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I am only offering telephone counselling at this moment.
We often encounter difficulties in our lives, which can feel overwhelming for us. Some of us may talk to friends or family, others may feel they have nobody to talk to about their issues, while others may find it difficult to talk to others about how they feel. It can be useful to talk through our difficulties with a qualified counsellor, who will not judge us or try to tell us what to do. As a counsellor, my role in the counselling relationship is to support you and help you find your own answers. My goal is to empower you.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I may draw on different counselling approaches according to your needs. I mostly work person centred, but may sometimes use some CBT and Gestalt approaches, depending on the client's presenting issues and individual needs.
I have worked with various issues, such as low self-esteem, relationship issues, low mood, loss and grief, anger, stress and gender identity.
I am a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by the BACP's code of ethics for good practice. Details of the ethical framework can be found on the BACP website.
I am based in Newbury Park and my counselling room is close to Gants Hill and Newbury Park train stations. The nearest bus is the 169. Street parking is available.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Introduction to Counselling Skills
- Level 1 Substance Misuse Awareness
Training and CPD:
- Mental Health First Aid
- Domestic Violence
- Drug and Alcohol Misuse
- Assertiveness Training
- Anger Without Aggression
- Forced marriage and honour based violence
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone consultation.
£35 per 50 minute session (£25 for the first session).
Concessions available for those on out of work benefits (please ask).
Concessions available for block bookings (please ask).
I have a 48 hour cancellation policy.