Amoy Chung MBACP, COSRT accredited Ind/Couple Counsellor/Psychosexual Therapist
I am a Relate trained couple counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist. I have worked as a Psychosexual Therapist within Relate, the NHS and continue in private practice.I am a qualified counsellor and accredited psychosexual therapist with over 20 years experience and work with individuals and couples diverse in age, ethnicity, culture, sexual minority, class, disability, health, religion, ability, intercultural, emotional distress etc and I have worked for many years within inner London but now established in Broadstairs, Kent. My private practice has been operating since 2001.
My counselling theoretical orientation is integrative with a solution focused style which enables me to use a range of skills, methods and creative ideas to do my work.
The counselling I offer aims to be confidential and provide an environment where you can feel supported.
I offer flexible1-2-1 sessions short and long term work with adults. I consider my style to be collaborative and conversational with clients which I feel helps them to engage easily and become more confident/comfortable sharing their life difficulties in a trusting relaxed space, without pressure. I recognise that emotional and physical ill-health can come from deep rooted distress, often out of awareness which is why it is important to choose a counsellor who you can 'connect' with. The desire to understand who we are is usually what brings us to counselling regardless of the evident crises. This is the route I took in my own personal journey.
My style of couple work is geared towards enabling clients to be together but separate in their own identities. Recognising each has individual as well as couple needs is important. I work with an interest in how couples attach, the significance of their early histories and their differences which has also kept them together. Anger and resentment can build up in relationships and will impact on our communication particularly if listening and being listened to are not addressed. I use genograms, sculpting, role play etc to encourage clients to address problems in their communication. I teach couples how to become assertive within their relationship which will also enhance their communication. I have worked with many couples where affairs has been predominant and where sex and sexual difference has become the focus of the relationship problem. Relationship work requires a serious commitment to change and takes a lot of courage to follow through. I consider my expertise as a couple therapist to be helping stuck and blocked clients to become "unstuck" because of my down to earth and direct way of working. Some couples may need my expertise to help them to separate ensuring that they can do so with less impact on their children, families and themselves.
Individuals approach me for sex therapy for various reasons eg. when they are new to relationships or when they have been out of a relationship but want to reconnect with a new partner etc. Some people want advice about sex or to develop confidence in finding their own style and approach to sexual intimacy. Sex education in schools was probably the last bit of sexual information that was learnt for most of us! Couples often come for help with their sexual problem that appears to be symptomatic of their relationship. I offer an integrative model of sex therapy which combines CBT, systemic and psychodynamic theoretical approaches. This enables me to offer help to couples with a wider range of sexual problems e.g. premature ejaculation, mismatch in desire, erectile disorder, lack of desire, arousal difficulties,Vulvodynia,Vestibuloydnia, etc. Because of the approach I take in my work, I am able to be more dynamic and creative as a therapist within the treatment. Sexual abuse and surgical intervention can adversely impact on sexual relationships so the skills and expertise of the therapist may be detrimental to outcome. I have an area of interest in sexual compulsivity, affairs, internet sex and polyamory and how relationships manage these issues. I offer an in depth assessment which ensures I can provide clients with a tailor-made 'fit' of their sexual problem and it is hoped that the treatment programme can provide a different outcome for them. Here again my down to earth style encourages clients to be open enough in order to discuss these very intimate problems and it is not always necessary for the sessions to be without some humour!
All sessions last 50 minutes sometimes more, usually on a regular day and time agreed. A contract to work together will be given following the first session once areas of work are identified. I can offer afternoons and evenings in Broadstairs. Sessions are mostly held in rooms situated on the first floor.
Other areas of work
I supervise counsellors and staff requiring external supervision.
I am a trained Telephone Counsellor and can offer this service to clients particularly those with disabilities or who are unable to leave their homes.
I currently work with EAPs (employee assistance programmes) providing counselling support to staff in organisations. I have worked with local authority social services and housing. My early work experience has been as a local authority Social Worker within a children and families, assessment and elderly team and a Senior Practitioner with Barnados working with parent/carers in a family centre. I have worked as a counsellor/manager in a psychotherapy co-op.
I am a qualified workplace mediator supporting workers in dispute to resolve their differences. I work with clients who have experienced problems in the workplace, with managers and colleagues, those subject to disciplinary and grievance proceedings and where bullying and harassment and difficult behaviour in the workplace is experienced. These issues and behaviours create stress and distress to those involved regardless of status. Separate sessions are arranged with individuals prior to a joint mediation in order that each can communicate their view of the situation/problem. The joint mediation is conducted in a safe way providing parties the opportunity to express themselves and their needs. Mediation is a voluntary exercise therefore it is up to each party to agree whether to go ahead in order to explore a different way of being within the workplace.
I have worked with Managers at Victim Support who manage staff who support victims of hate crimes, rape and sexual assault etc and I have counselled women who have experienced domestic abuse residing in a Women's Refuge.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy 2013
- University Advanced Diploma in Couple Counselling 2008
- Certificate of Qualification as a Relate Couple Counsellor 2009
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision 2004
- LOCN Mediation in the Workplace 2006
- Diploma in (Psychodynamic) Counselling 1991
- Diploma in Social Work 1987
- Certificate of Qualification in Social Work 1987
- I participate in ongoing continuous professional development
- I have been a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) no:513086 since1994, registered MBACP
- I am an accredited member of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) since 2011, no:2502
- I have full disclosure enhanced DBS/CRB
- I have undertaken short courses and have experience working with anger management, sexual minority training, telephone counselling, I am kink and BSM aware, understanding asperger, childhood sexual abuse, couples & affairs, ptsd, loss of a child, domestic violence, mental health, pregnancy, identity, stress management, procrastination, affairs, attachment, separation & loss, cbt, mindfulness, reiki, Buddhist meditation,Yoga, Shiatsu, etc.
Registered / Accredited
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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General unhappiness Marriage preparation
Finding a Work/Life balance
- Individuals £50
- Relationship: £55
- Psychosexual Therapy £55
- Telephone Counselling £50
- Supervision £60
- Workplace Mediation - costs provided on request
SOME REDUCED FEES OFFERED IN KENT PRACTICE
Travel & Parking
My practice is easily accessible by the main Loop bus routes to the main Broadstairs High Street and a few hundred yards from the sea. There are bus stops within a short walking distance from the premises. The therapy room is situated on the first floor of a community based building. If travelling by car there is a central car park nearby but there are a few off street parking spaces requiring a short walk and there is nearby parking using payment meters.