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MBACP (Accred)

About me

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £55.00 to £65.00

Additional information

Concessions are sometimes available.

When I work

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Update January 2022: my private practice is currently at capacity, which unfortunately means I have no space to take on any new clients until further notice.

Surbiton, Surrey, KT6

Type of session

In person
Online

Key details

Regrettably, my practice is not wheelchair accessible. If you require wheelchair access, please get in touch and I will do my best to find an alternative, confidential space in which we can meet.