Amy Cumber Counsellor For Adults & Young People MBACP Registered Member
How I work And My Approach
Life and as we transition out of lockdown can evoke a variety of emotions and struggles. I always work with my clients and think it’s important for you to hold onto the fact that you know yourself better than anyone.
I care passionately about the needs of my clients in order to empower you to move forwards in your life wherever you path is currently at. I am aware that reaching out and finding the right therapist for you can be a daunting process. When searching for the right person to work with, it may be useful to consider the approach therapists use, does their availability work for you, do they hold an appropriate license, and if you are looking for support in a specific area does the therapist have experience in that area?
Why You May Be Searching For A Therapist
It is very brave to take the first and reach out, a lot of individuals find this the hardest step. Life is sometimes full of difficulties and uncertainties, we can feel overwhelmed by stress, loss, Covid-19, addictions, problems in our workplace or home life to name a few. One of these may be the reason you find yourself on my page today. I can work with you without often the long waiting lists of the NHS. I offer both counselling generally shorter term and psychotherapy to enable you to understand yourself on a deeper level, improve emotional intelligence and move forwards from wherever you are to support you and aid you to finding the answers within. Clients come to see me with a range of issues including but not limited to; depression, burnout, stress management, panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorders, OCD, body dysmorphia, marriage/relationship problems, eating disorders, anxiety, anger problems, gender issues including those transitioning to the opposite birth sex, childhood trauma, rape, adult trauma, living with a mental health diagnosis or awaiting a psychological referral. Furthermore, I work with clients confidence issues, redundancy, those in foster care or foster career families, domestic abuse and work related stress.
Supporting Those With Complex Mental Health
I also work with clients with an array of complex mental health diagnoses such as Borderline Personality Disorder also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. I have good connections to local Psychiatrists and other support organisations should you need these alongside therapy, for example if you would like to change medication. I always work with the individual and how you experience your mental health as this will be different and unique for each person. For some your diagnosis may be helpful to you and for other individuals this can be very traumatic and viewed as unhelpful. For those with recent diagnoses and living with lifelong mental health, I will empower you and help you to see yourself and to thrive and reach your personal potential or life goals, instead of perhaps the sense of surviving which can often occur when life is stressful or with a recent diagnosis or unwell period.
About Myself And My Working Approach
I can assure you I will walk your path with you with great care, compassion, understanding, and most importantly at your own pace.
As well as my private practice I currently work for a University. I have also worked at MIND and an educational college with both teenagers and adults. I am integrative practitioner and have an extensive knowledge of a wide range of approaches. My work includes several psychological theories including the Psychodynamic approach, Humanistic & Person Centred approach. I also where appropriate draw upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis and the Existential Approach. I feel privileged to have trained integratively as I feel passionately about the uniqueness of each individual. One style of therapy may be suitable for you but not as much for another individual. Being an integrative practitioner, I can ensure that the therapeutic approach is flexible to suit your needs. I believe that each individual is unique and that you know yourself best.
I work alongside you in a non-judgemental, friendly approach to nurture and empower you in facing battles, working through complex issues, increasing self-awareness, utilising, and recognising your potential and strengths and setting goals for the future. It can be difficult to understand the root cause of your problems and I work alongside my clients in a holistic manner and safe environment to help facilitate this.
Thank you for taking your time to read my profile and please do get in touch if you have any questions, enquiries or would like to arrange an initial free consultation appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have met BACP and NHS educational standards having trained at the only counselling and psychotherapy training centre based within the NHS which trains students to BACP accredited standard. I abide by the BACP code of ethics and conducts at all times whilst offering individual Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- Certificate of Higher Education in Primary Education from Canterbury Christ Church University
- Qualified Mental Health First Aider (MHFA)
Recent CPD Courses and Further Training
- Children and Young People Mental Health Course (MHFA)
- Walk and Talk Therapy Training Course to be able to deliver walk and talk safely to clients - 2020
- Introducing the ENOGRAM to chart our emotions and exploring the Neuroscience of the BODYMIND connection - The Link Centre - Jan 2021
- Working With Trauma At The Tavistock Adaptations Of Traditional Models & Innovative Thinking - The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust - Jan 2021
- Child Protection in Education - 2019
- Mental Wellbeing in Children & Young People (Young Minds, EduCare)
- Safeguarding Adults & Children Training –2019 and May 2020
- Understanding and Working with Attachment – Kent Counselling Services
- General Data Protection Regulations GDPR Compliance
- Equality & Diversity & Lone Working
- Working Therapeutically With Dreams Part One and Two
- Private Practice Conference– Loss: What Does Life Mean for Me Now?
- Domestic Violence – Supporting clients who are victims of domestic violence - 2020
- Search for A Secure Base - BACP Training Course - 2020
- I don’t think you’d be interested in me. Working with children and families - BACP Training Course - 2020
- The Aetiology Of Attachment Disorders - 2020
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
£50 per 50 minute session.
I also have a limited amount of student rates and sliding concessional scale for individuals on low incomes or who are unable to work due to health conditions.
Please contact me for a confidential initial consultation appointment where we can see if we would be a good match to work with each other. This will be a good opportunity for you to ask me any questions and for me to find out a little bit about yourself. Speaking together for the first time can be a good first step to see how you feel and if you would like to commence therapy without feeling under pressure. If I am with a client and can't pick up your call please leave me a voicemail or text and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
Please contact me to discuss availability. Evening appointments available.