Amy Benson MBACP (Accred)
Having the courage to discuss what's troubling you with a counsellor can be a really hard thing to do, so I'd like to reassure you that no matter what you bring to counselling, I will treat you with warmth and respect, and without judgment. I can offer you an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings together, in confidence, going at a pace you feel comfortable with. The therapeutic relationship offers a unique space in which you can get to know yourself in a richer, clearer and more compassionate way. Armed with this increased understanding, you will find that your relationship with yourself - the most important relationship you have - becomes stronger and more loving, which is likely to have a positive impact on all areas of your life.
I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with experience in the NHS, with young adults in a university health centre and within private practice. My training is integrative, which means I can draw on a range of therapeutic skills to best suit your needs. I am an accredited member of the British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy and I adhere to its Ethical Framework.
There are many reasons why people come to counselling. Issues that I frequently work with include (but are not limited to) depression, anxiety, relationship problems, mid-life crises, parenting concerns, low self-esteem, bereavement & loss, coping with a medical diagnosis, and difficulty managing anger. But some people seek counselling without a label for what's troubling them - for example frequent low mood without knowing the cause, a sense of hopelessness, a struggle for purpose and meaning, an awareness that they are repeating the same mistakes over again, or a general feeling that their life is simply not the way they would like it to be.
Talking helps, and counselling really can make a huge difference. Why not come for a chat and see how we can work together to help you.
For more information about how I work, please visit my website amybenson.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
First Class Honours Degree in Integrative-Relational Counselling
Cert. HE Counselling & Counselling Skills
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Update March 2021: please note that my practice is currently at capacity. Unfortunately this means I have no space to take on any new clients at either location for the time being.