Amanda Whittington-Walsh, Plan B Counselling, MBACP
I am pleased to now include face-to-face counselling once again; working within the Covid-19 safe working practices guidelines. I also continue to offer online or phone counselling.
We have all known times in our lives when we needed support from others. Research has shown that it can help to talk through our concerns, particularly when they don't seem to resolve themselves and at times seem to get louder in our heads. Allowing someone else to see your life through their eyes, uncluttered by negative perceptions, empathising with you and celebrating who you are, can have transformative therapeutic effects. Therapy can give people choices as to new ways forward, feeling more in control of their lives through a developed self awareness, enabling a person or couple to work on a plan B.
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. This training has given me the skills and confidence to work with clients from a distance online and by phone and experience has shown this way of communicating can be very therapeutically beneficial for clients.
I work in a way that suits the individual or couple drawing on different styles of therapy to inform the work and this is called 'Integrative.' As my clients become more comfortable I ask them questions to gain a deeper understanding of their inner world and what they feel will help, as I believe people know the answers, but need the confidence in themselves to be able to find the solutions.
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.
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.
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
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)