Amreeta Chapman (MBACP, BSCH, GHR)
Seeking Counselling/Psychotherapy after many months or years of struggling with depression, anxiety, anger or other emotional/mental symptoms is scary. No one likes admitting to having these problems and clients who come for counselling and psychotherapy have spent a lot of time and energy trying to make things work, but they reach a point where either the body starts manifesting symptoms e.g. fatigue, lack of energy, focus, sleep issues, mood issues or else the symptoms they are suffering from damage their self respect or social /family life.
That is when people call for counselling and psychotherapy and as a Counsellor, I know the first call is the most difficult call for that person suffering from depression or anxiety or anger which is why I offer you a FREE 15 minutes' phone consultation to allow you to ask your questions about me, my way of working and express your expectations, fears and hopes. You are more equipped to make a decision for your therapy after that!
With over 10 years' experience as a Psychologist working with domestic violence, sexual abuse and child abuse in Mauritius, in my twenties; with 15 years' experience as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in Berkshire since 2005; and since last three years trained as a traumatologist (working with severe cases of sexual abuse, trauma, accidents survivors, Burns' survivors, victims of crime, assault, rape, robbery and terror) I am in the field of counselling and Psychotherapy because I love helping people shift from their problem states to their solution states and usually I work with clients on average 12-15 sessions to help them reach their goals..But please note that with chronic or long lasting symptoms sessions can go over 20-30 sessions;and with people suffering from long term issues i.e. OCD, Borderline personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder, Food Disorders, therapy can take up to two years. But it is all negotiated and rated consistently with my clients as we work along to make sure we are making progress towards the client's goals.
Although I work with severe symptoms of trauma, bereavement, emotional abuse and PTSD I also work with people who are suffering from anxiety, relationship issues, anger, depression and panic attacks.
My clients range from children to adults to old people so as a Counsellor I could be working with a six yrs old child in parent-child relationship counselling and my next client could be a forty year old who has anxiety or anger issues at work followed by a sixty year old client who is not sleeping well or having social anxiety.
My name is Amreeta and I grew up in Mauritius, completed my Bachelor and Masters in Psychology over six years in India and have been living in England for the last eighteen years. I trained in England to become a Counsellor and Integrative Therapist as well as a Hypnotherapist. I offer solution focused counselling and Trauma counselling covering Reading, Wokingham and Woodley on most days and offer counselling and psychotherapy in ENGLISH, FRENCH as well as HINDI as I am lucky to be bilingual.
I also do Skype/zoom counselling for similar issues(apart from Trauma work that requires face to face therapy). Skype clients are people living far from Wokingam, Reading and Woodley areas or else have odd working patterns and thus cannot come for consistent sessions. Please do ask when we are having a phone consultation if you prefer skype sessions. I also have skype clients overseas from Mauritius, France, America because of the languages i speak!
My clients come from all walks of life and they only have one thing in common: They have had enough and want help to get better; after 15 years of working from three different clinics, I work from Home now in Woodley as I can give extra time to my clients (60-75 minutes' session) compared to the standard 50-55 minutes' sessions in clinics. But I am also available in Reading town centre in the mornings at mind garden Therapy centre. My aim is to help you NOT rescue you and if you are willing to commit to your own treatment plan then do call me or email me and let's get working!
I am always happy to discuss counselling and how it is more than just "talking therapies". I welcome your questions via mail or phone and will aim to answer within one working day.
I offer Skype Counselling for people overseas or finding berkshire too far to travel to...Please give me a call and we can look into availability and timings.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A. (Psy), M.A. (CLINICAL Psy), Dip(Hyp), Practitioner (Hyp), Dip (Integrative therapeutic counselling), PGDIP(Psychotraumatology and PTSD).
With over 20 years' in the field of psychology and counselling and 17 years in private practice I work with severe trauma where clients will call suffering from flashbacks, food addictions, sleep deprivation due to depression or panic attacks as well as PTSD or severe anxiety.
My Clients are people from all backgrounds and different functioning levels; some clients are fully functioning and just need help with anger or relationship issues while others are capable people but caught in depression and low self esteem and finding it difficult to move on with life...Emotions and emotional intelligence is often what therapy teaches and encourages people to develop so that they can manage work, relationships and themselves better.
I also work a lot with relationship issues in couples as well as family therapy where parents call because their child is not going to school, or bed wetting is a problem for their child who wants to do sleep overs, or else their adolescent is too aggressive at home and get in trouble at school!
I apply solution focused counselling which focuses on the client's present and future and stays focused to how to get the client reach their goals within an average of 12-15 sessions. More information available from my website www.readingpsychotherapyandcounselling.co.uk.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am also trained as a Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner since last ten years; my clients who choose hypnosis as their preferred form of therapy are willing to close their eyes and go under trance to work on those same issues that clients for counselling; some people wish for more control and some less and hypnotherapy clients are more comfortable with tools, techniques focused sessions where they have to work more in between sessions via CD, homeworks etc...counselling clients are usually more low or need more time to work at their own pace or else are not willing to close their eyes and go under trance.
My practice as a Hypnotherapist is different from my practice as a Psychotherapist/Counsellor; the knowledge overall helps me to provide a better, more informed session to my clients but i do not hypnotize in counselling sessions and i do not spend a whole session talking in hypnosis sessions; clients get the form of therapy they have asked for because i believe clients benefit and respond to the form of therapy they adapt with and have chosen by their free will.
Feel free to call me to discuss your needs and concerns....
Individual counselling sessions are £60 per session of an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
Couple/parent-child counselling are £70 per session of a hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
Concessions and reduced fees are considered for people with work issues, single parents, students or people who can prove their gennuine financial difficulties...
I work in Woodley Mondays till Saturdays and timings are mutually arranged; I am in Wokingham,RG40, on Thursdays, 4pm till 7pm; in Reading at Mind Garden Therapy Centre on Wednesdays 10am-2pm afternoon; and evenings appointments are mostly in Woodley, RG5.
I am available for phone and skype counselling on most days for clients who live far or cannot travel or else are abroad. we arrange a mutual convenient time and some clients change the timings every week because they travel but other clients maintain same timings; it is all negotiated and contracted before hand for our mutual benefits.