Amanda Whittington-Walsh, Plan B Counselling, MBACP
As an experienced Psychotherapeutic Counsellor I can offer you a safe space to explore what is going on for you and how together we can help you to move forward. I believe therapy can help all of us and so I am supported by my own therapist and regular supervision to feel confident to hold this space for you.
I work with an Integrative Connections Model, based on a belief that our 'self' is made up of parts that can often be disconnected from each other. I use different styles of therapy to inform the work and help clients to reintegrate themselves through self awareness and to find well-being. The therapies I use are CBT, exploring the mind and challenging core beliefs, Gestalt to explore emotions in the body and Transpersonal theory to explore the parts that drive us in life and connect us to our world. This model of working has a nucleus of Person Centred therapy, where an open trusting therapeutic relationship needs to be established and so key in finding positive outcomes.
I began this journey many years ago finding myself drawn to the pastoral side of education when I was a teacher. I became known as the teacher students could speak to when they felt troubled and it became a very rewarding part of my job. I then decided to develop these skills by becoming a Samaritan and through 5 years of listening on the phone I discovered I wanted to work more deeply with people.
I began my training after I retired and I have enjoyed every moment. For me therapy is about a balanced relationship, where both people have experience of being a client and so is the expert of themselves and I always feel privileged to stand by a person as they find their way; on their own journey.
In the interest of safety for all my clients, I can only offer Skype or phone counselling at present.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Present training - Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision.
- Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Trained in Addiction Counselling with Freshfield for three years.
- A Drama and English teacher for 20 years, specialising in pastoral care.
- A Samaritan for 5 years.
- A community activist.
- Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- Enhanced DBS - to work with vulnerable adults.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I offer an initial consultation of 30 minutes-free of charge and without obligation.
If we both agree to work together each session is up to 1 hour:
£30 part waged
Couples £45 (1 hour), £55 (an hour and a half)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||Yes|
Wheelchair access via a ramp and a lift, very close to room. Free parking. On a main bus route, with a bus stop directly outside.
I can offer evening sessions.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am completing my Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision.