Amanda Williamson Adv Dip, Reg MBACP (Accred)
*PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE A WAITING LIST FOR MOST TIME SLOTS. NO EVENINGS SESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE*
Serious about making changes in your life?
If you are looking for counselling you have taken a courageous first step. Life can be hard for us all at times. I love the work I do; helping people to explore what's troubling them in order to live more fulfilling lives.
I work privately from beautiful premises in the centre of town, with a wide spectrum of people with differing presenting issues. Warm and approachable, I have the utmost respect for my clients' individuality and life circumstances.
Offering a fully professional service I am fortunate enough to have my own established, dedicated Exeter practice, seeing clients five days a week.
I am committed to facilitating the exploration of the issues you bring. If you are serious about committing the time and energy required I invite you to make contact to arrange an initial appointment.
There is a wealth of information on my website about my approach and background as well as many articles I have written about counselling related topics including details of my campaigning for the regulation of the profession.
A Little About How I Work
Trained in integrative counselling I draw from several, reputable theories of practice which enables me to work effectively, progressively and collaboratively with my clients. Details of the different therapeutic approaches I utilise can be found on my website but loosely I am largely influenced by the person-centred and existential models and draw on Transactional Analysis and creative therapies. Most of all I offer a compassionate and down-to-earth, fresh perspective to my clients, referencing my theoretical knowledge where appropriate, to facilitate the changes my clients wish to see in themselves.
We are all complex beings and any of us can find ourselves in a difficult place sometimes. Counselling won't stop life's ups and downs but It can help you deal with the downs in more productive ways by increasing your self-awareness.
Our emotions are there to help us manage our lives by assisting in decision making. Sometimes something goes wrong - we have a bad experience, or a series of bad experiences and we can get stuck with particular emotions, and associated thought patterns and behaviours.
I offer the opportunity for you to be able to talk frankly about your situation and the issues that you bring. I will listen without judgment and provide feedback which helps you to clarify your own thoughts and feelings. This may help you to move forward in life with greater acceptance and understanding of yourself and others.
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”William James
Literally "changing our minds"
It is understood that we can get hooked on negative emotional states and/or thought patterns. Much as we consciously may not want to experience them, our bodies are used to receiving the chemicals associated with those states which can be very addictive. Moreover, our brain cells can end up wired, through genetics and experience, to think and feel a certain way. Modern neuroscience is now proving what psychotherapists and counsellors have known for a long time. Change is possible. You can learn to recognise and interrupt a stream of thought and try a new way of being. With rehearsal you can rewire your thought patterns and behave in newer, more adaptive ways.
Please, whoever you decide to have counselling with, whether individual or agency, ensure that they are registered with an adequate professional body such as the BACP.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling 2008
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling 2011
- Certificate in Couples Counselling 2015
I am passionate about ethical practice which is why I choose to be a member of the BACP. I abide by their code of ethics so you can be assured of my professionalism and training as well as having adequate recourse in the event of any problems that may arise. My commitment to high standards in the profession extended to my campaigning for the regulation of this currently unregulated profession. Along with Phil Dore, we formed the campaign group Unsafe Spaces. I co-authored our report on regulation which was discussed in parliament (2016). I have taken a step back from active campaigning as of April 2018 to focus on my private practice.
I have worked with a wide range of clients of all ages privately, for a low cost not-for-profit agency, within a school setting and in a specialist addictions recovery unit. I also worked for 3 years on behalf of GamCare with people affected by gambling issues. I have worked successfully in private practice for over 6 years.
I engage in regular ongoing training to continue to develop my work and keep it fresh and relevant.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- SMART Recovery facilitator training for working in groups with people with addictive behaviours.
- GamCare training to counsel people with compulsive gambling issues
- PODS trauma training workshops (PTSD/Complex PTSD/DID) + NICABM online trauma training
- LGBT friendly/aware therapy
- Certificate in Couples Therapy (2015)
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£60 per hour for individual therapy/£65 per hour for couples
Some reduced price sessions available during daytime at £50. Please ask for details when enquiring.
I'm very happy to answer any queries you have by email or telephone if you have any questions. If for any reason I am not able to offer the specific support you need I will be able to refer you onto another qualified counsellor. I only ever refer to BACP or UKCP therapists who are on a Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register.
A few of my testimonials
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the time you have spent with me. I didn't know I could feel this much better. Life just seems so much clearer now and everything is just that much easier to deal with. So thank you, truly thank you. I shall miss coming to see you every week but am taking comfort in the fact that I don't need to anymore." - NR
"I have never felt so comfortable with someone in my entire life. I was instantly impressed with how Amanda made me feel so at ease, she made me feel so comfortable & instantly built a bond and trust between us to enable her to help me come to terms and deal with the problems I had in my life. I would not hesitate to recommend Amanda to anyone and if I ever needed to talk to someone again, Amanda would be my first choice every time." - DS
"I needed someone to talk to, but felt hesitant and wary about approaching a counsellor. Amanda was the only counsellor I contacted. From our first correspondence to the ending of the last session, Amanda listened non-judgementally, provided insight and created a safe and warm environment in which to explore whatever was on my mind. To say that Amanda is highly recommended is an understatement." - TE
(My partner) has achieved a remarkable feat in challenging her demons, which is down to you and the way you have encouraged and taught her to contemplate actions and feelings in a way she hasn't before. Your teaching, listening and help to make life more clear has not only taught (my partner), but taught me too."
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|