About me

Hi, my name is Amy, I’m a Relational Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I’m part of the team at Whitby Counselling & Psychotherapy, alongside working as a counsellor in a local Further Education establishment.
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. The relationship we co-create together is the biggest factor in your therapeutic journey.

I am a Feminist and I work from a trauma-informed,non-pathologising perspective. This means I understand the range of responses people have to trauma and how it impacts the brain and body. I believe that emotional distress arises from many factors; such as past experiences of trauma and adversity, discrimination, societal, cultural, political, and economic pressures.

I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist 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, online and telephone, counselling and psychotherapy, both time limited and open ended, to various client groups. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults. I have also managed and set up new counselling services. 

I believe that, given the right conditions, it is possible to heal, develop a sense of meaning and purpose, improve relationships with ourselves, others and the world, and begin living a more fulfilling and authentic life. Through offering warmth, acceptance and respect I aim to create a safe space where you can learn about yourself. I will endeavor to understand you, but will also challenge you to reflect and understand your own internal process, and help you gain deeper insight and awareness into yourself, and how you relate.

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 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+, working in primary schools providing counselling for 5-11 year olds, and providing counselling for drug and alcohol dependants within a recovery service. 

Member organisations

BACP

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with any issues which might be causing psychological distress.

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

Initial consultations are £25, and will last 50 minutes. During which we will discuss your needs and decide whether counselling/psychotherapy is right for you, and also whether I am the right therapist 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 to work with me all sessions last for 50 minutes and my fees are £45 per session.  Payment is due at the time of booking and is typically made via bank transfer. 

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.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am available Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9am and 6pm. However, if I’m unable to take your call please leave your details and I will return your call at my earliest convenience.

Further information

I have some concessionary spaces available, please talk to me about this if you need to. 

St Hilda’s
Airy Hill
Whitby
North Yorkshire
YO21 1PZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Amy Brewer

Amy Brewer