Amy Brewer. PgDip Counselling & Psychotherapy. MBACP (Reg)
Hi, my name is Amy and I am a Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I draw on a wide range of theory to underpin my unique, creative and collaborative framework. I value my clients individuality, I view each person within the context of their environment, and use this to guide my practice.
I work from a Trauma-Informed, Non-pathologising perspective. Which means I understand the range of responses people have to trauma and how it impacts the brain and body. I believe that emotional distress tends to arise from; past experiences of trauma and adversity, along with societal, cultural, political, and economic pressures.
I have worked as a counsellor in a range of different settings, both statutory and voluntary, since 2011. Working as part of a team, and on my own, I have provided face to face, time limited and open ended professional counselling and psychotherapy to different client groups. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults.
I believe that, given the right conditions, it is possible for change to occur and difficulties to be overcome. Therefore, I aim to provide warmth, acceptance and respect at all times. I will endeavour to understand you and may gently challenge you as we work together, in a way which suits you, and helps you achieve your therapy goals.
I also run a weekly Mindfulness Group which runs as a 6 week rolling program with 6 different themes. Participants are welcome to attend for 12 weeks giving them the chance to practice each theme twice. The group runs for an hour during which we do some short mindfulness practices with the aim of developing mindfulness skills which can be easily integrated into everyday living.
Mindfulness is a life enhancement skill and approach to living which can deepen our sense of well-being and fulfilment. It is the art of focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations in a kind and non-judgmental way. There are an increasing number of studies that have shown mindfulness is helpful for reducing stress and anxiety, and can be helpful if you are prone to worrying about the future or find it hard to let go of situations or events once they have happened.
Please contact me if you would like further information about joining the mindfulness group.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include, a BACP Accredited, Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from York St John University, and a level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children.
I have further specialist training in bereavement and loss undertaken through St Catherine's Hospice; The Application of Counselling Skills when Working with Bereavement & Loss.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am currently working towards my BACP Accreditation.
I have taken part in many Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and I am committed to undertaking a minimum of 40 hours CPD each year. A full list of all my CPD course can be see on request.
I currently work as a Senior Counsellor in a Further Education setting where I provide counselling for students and staff. In the past I have worked for a Women's Aid charity, providing counselling for women who have experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse, this includes childhood sexual abuse. I have been in private practice since 2014 and have also worked as a volunteer for a local Bereavement Support service. My past experience varies from working within a college setting providing counselling for students aged 16-19, working in primary schools providing counselling for 5-11 year olds, and providing counselling for drug and alcohol dependants within a recovery service.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with any issues which might be causing psychological distress.
Initial consultations are £40, and will last 50 minutes. During which we will discuss your needs and decide whether counselling is right for you, and also whether I am the right counsellor to support you. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the process. You are under no obligation to continue counselling with me following this initial consultation.
If you do decide to continue counselling with me all sessions last for 50 minutes and my fees are £40 per session. Cash payments are accepted at the time of the session, or you can pay via bank transfer or PayPal as long as payment is received at least 24 hours prior to the session starting.
Appointments are usually offered on a weekly basis at a regular time to suit you, and can be contracted for a fixed number of sessions, or open ended, depending on your needs. You can end your counselling at any time.
If you need to cancel your appointment I ask that you give a minimum of 24 hours notice. Please be aware cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice, and missed appointments will be charged at the full rate.