Amina Somers LLB (Hons) Dip.Couns. Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
You may decide to seek counselling or psychotherapy for specific reasons such as an eating disorder, bereavement or obsessional behaviors. Or you may be facing less specific issues like depression, anxiety, difficulty in maintaining satisfactory relationships, life stages or experiencing a generalized dissatisfaction with life.
Counselling and psychotherapy can assist in the treatment and management of a range of psychological issues and symptoms and can contribute positively to mental and physical health, resilience and the capacity to manage life more effectively and experience greater satisfaction.
I primarily offer long term face to face work aimed at change at a deep level. Before making a commitment to working with me I will invite you to attend an assessment consultation to find out more about why you wish to start therapy and what your hopes are in relation to therapy. This will also allow me to provide you with information about the way I work.
Long term psychotherapeutic work
The psychotherapy I practice is informed by psychoanalytic theory, developments in neuroscience and developmental psychology. An aim is to help you achieve more satisfaction in your life and meet challenges more effectively through an improved understanding of yourself.
Psychoanalytic theory is based on ideas that our early experiences and relationships influence the way our minds develop and form a kind of internal blueprint of ideas and thoughts, conscious and unconscious, through which we understand and make sense of the external world in adulthood.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
In addition to my clinical practice I am an Executive and Leadership Coach and have a postgraduate Senior Practitioner in Coaching advanced diploma. I am a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and founder of Somers Resolution offering psychologically informed coaching.
Before embarking on a career as a psychotherapist I had a successful and enjoyable career in the law as a Solicitor and Partner in a top 20 UK Law firm and remain a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and a non practising solicitor
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
£65.00 - £80.00 per hour are standard charges. I also offer concessionary rates.