Amber Middlemiss, MBACP (Accred)
How can Counselling help?
I offer a non-judgemental, understanding, safe and well-bounded space which enables you to work through problems, resolve issues and find greater levels of peace, self-awareness and self-acceptance. This helps in almost every situation, whether you are going through a major life crisis, or simply feel down, confused or as if you have 'lost your way'.
I will always value and affirm your experience, and I am also prepared to offer a different viewpoint, to challenge your ways of thinking and to use and teach techniques such as CBT and Mindfulness if appropriate. This combined approach has been effective over my fifteen years of experience working with anxiety, depression, abuse, low self-esteem, terminal illness, bereavement, spirituality, relationship issues and many other types of problem.
How do I work?
I see the process as a shared endeavour in which you choose the direction whilst I provide support, companionship and a fresh outlook embedded in my extensive training and experience working with a wide variety of issues in a GP practice, a bereavement charity, and in private practice.
I am compassionate and caring whilst also able to hold firm professional and ethical boundaries, and confidentiality and discretion are at the heart of my practice. I offer a safe, therapeutic space for you to work through whatever you wish, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, life experience, spirituality or disability.
I do not work with couples but am very happy to talk to you individually about difficulties in your relationship and your options.
I am interested in spirituality in all its forms, and in helping people to find their own language or metaphors to describe and explore their experience. I agree with Carl Jung that 'the privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are' and it is something that is central to my counselling practice and ethos.
What to expect in the first session
I understand that choosing to start therapy can be very daunting and I know how important it is to find someone that you will feel comfortable working with, so if you would like to speak to me by phone before committing to a session that is fine.
In the first session we will discuss the boundaries of the counselling relationship and any worries, concerns or other issues that you may have. At the end of this session it will be up to you whether or not you wish to continue seeing me.
What you bring to counselling will be unique and so the number of sessions required will vary with each individual, and will proceed at your pace, booking each session week by week or as you require.
I am an Accredited member of the BACP, which is your assurance that my practice meets the BACP's standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.
Monday, Tuesday and Friday daytimes available.
Extensive free car parking on site and easy access for those with limited mobility.
I charge £50 per session or £45 for a telephone session (50 minutes)
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Training, qualifications & experience
Main qualification; Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Chester, 2006
CBT Assessment and Formulation
CBT for Anxiety
CBT for Depression
Managing Client Confidences
Ways of Working with Spirituality in Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapies
Responding to Psychological Trauma
Equality and diversity
I work part-time as a GP counsellor in the IAPT service in Shropshire with people with a wide range of problems and issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and domestic and sexual abuse.
I spent 18 months working in a Bereavement Charity where I also worked with people with learning difficulties and with military veterans.
I also have experience working in a Hospice with people suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Religious and Pastoral issues
£50 per 50 minute session or £45 for a telephone session