About me

Many of us have found the last two years challenging due to the Pandemic but you may also be feeling unable to deal with loss or change, or be experiencing difficulty in your relationships with others. You may not be in ‘crisis’ but you might be feeling a little ‘bit stuck’, or anxious, overwhelmed at times and perhaps struggling to cope.

There may be things in your present life that you would like to try and change, or perhaps issues from your past that you would like to now explore further, or you may be experiencing a significant life change such as coming to terms with the death of a loved one? Counselling can help with all of these issues or events, as talking through these problems in a safe confidential space can help you to make sense of your life and may provide comfort and relief. 

I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor but I work mainly in a humanistic, person-centred way – ‘talking therapy’. Using this approach we will explore any issues or concerns that you bring to the session each week, and we will work together to find a way forward. I will not advise or tell you what to do as I believe that using an empathetic, non-judgemental approach in our counselling sessions, and by offering unconditional positive regard in a safe, confidential space, that you will begin to feel empowered to make your own decisions about your life. However, as all people are unique and bring their own perceptions and experiences to their sessions, I may integrate a variety of counselling theories and skills in our sessions together, so that together we may achieve the best possible outcome for you and your specific needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science (Psychology)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Psychodynamic Bridging Course 
  • Introduction to Counselling Young People
  • OU/BACP – ‘How to do Counselling Online: a Coronavirus Primer’

Experience

I have experience in counselling both young people (13-18) and adults and I enjoy working with all age groups from 13 upwards. I have worked as a counsellor in schools and also for a charity which supports adult survivors of domestic abuse where anxiety, low self-esteem, and issues with attachment and relationships may still be prevalent.

As a person, I feel that I am warm, approachable and insightful. I love my counselling work and I feel that I am able to make good connections with all my clients in order to develop an effective therapeutic relationship.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My previous background was in education, pastoral care and safeguarding so I have experience of working in these areas too. 

Fees

Additional information

Face to Face Counselling - £40.00 per 50-minute session – counselling room in central Bedford. 

Online Via Zoom, or telephone counselling - £40.00 per 50 minute-session

Free initial introductory telephone session. 

Availability – to be arranged at the initial telephone session

24 hours cancellation notice is required or full fees may be charged.

Further information

It is essential that you feel comfortable talking to me, you may also be feeling anxious about your first counselling session, so before you make a commitment, please get in touch with me for a chat about how I may support you. I am working both online via Zoom, which may be more convenient for you, or face to face in a counselling space in the centre of Bedford. 

Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK41

Bedford
MK40

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom
Amelia (Jane) Di Sapia

Amelia (Jane) Di Sapia