Amy Durden - Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Brené Brown.
I am an experienced and professionally qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I work in North London - Kings Cross/Camden.
As an integrative therapist I work in a Person Centred way, integrating Mindfulness techniques and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, depending on your individual needs.
My specialism is in working with clients who were raised by alcoholic/addicted parents seeking to recover from the dysfunction that may still be presenting in their lives as adults.
I offer a safe, confidential and supportive environment where you can explore and make sense of any challenges that you are facing. It is my belief that many of the behaviours and beliefs that urge us to seek help were once coping mechanisms that have outlived their usefulness.
Through dialogue, challenging, humour and willingness, therapy can allow for both client and therapist to explore more meaningful ways to live and meet life's challenges.
I can also facilitate group workshops for organisations with clients wishing to learn life skills and self-management techniques such as sleep hygiene, food and mood, stress management, relaxation, relapse prevention and many more.
I work in a LGBTQ+ friendly and sex positive way and welcome clients looking to address issues around sexuality and gender identity and those in A-typical relationship structures.
Clients looking for support to integrate after psychedelic and plant medicine experiences are also most welcome.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London and a Certificate in Counselling Skills. I am now training to become a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist working specifically with trauma.
My experience is varied across several fields. I previously worked as a trainer, helping professionals from different backgrounds to support clients who identify as LGBTQ+. I have worked therapeutically supporting young carers and their families for several years and I hold an on-going consultancy post which includes delivering training on mental health awareness and co-production.
In addition to my professional training I have undertaken Continued Professional Development in areas that I am interested in.
- Working with children who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties - East London NHS Foundation Trust
- Systemic family constellations
- Motivational interviewing - East London NHS Foundation Trust
- Making Sexual Health Matter - Shine
- Anxiety management (Jack Hirose) - Working with anxious clients using T.E.A.M therapy
- Substance misuse training - LifeLine/RAPT
- Sexual abuse and trauma training - Christiane Sanderson – Complex PTSD training
- LGBTQ+ Mental Health Awareness
- Mental Health Awareness and service user involvement
- Suicide and self harm awareness
- 12 Step recovery - RAPT
- Anger, Rage and Relationship
- Introduction to Somatic Experiencing
- Critical Incident De-briefing
- Currently training in Somatic Trauma Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with Adult Children of Alcoholics to address on-going issues such as shame, guilt, anxiety, trauma, addiction and isolation that can persist as a result of being raised in a dysfunctional family environment.
Psychedelic integration following experimentation and or ceremonial use of psychedelics and plant medicines.
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Free 30 minute phone consultation.
Individual fee: Discussed based on circumstances. Please enquire.
Group fee: to be discussed based on a project by project basis.
I offer day time sessions in Kings Cross/Camden and a Saturday morning clinic in Hackney and am available for these slots first.
I offer both short (6-12 weeks) and longer term counselling (open-ended). If you have any queries or concerns, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Payment can be made either at the end of each session by cash or by bank transfer in advance.
Cancellation Policy: Wherever possible I will try to accommodate requests to reschedule appointments within the same week, however, I require 48 hours notice to cancel a session. If less than 48 hours is given, the full fee is payable.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My evening slots become available periodically so please enquire. I offer day time sessions in Kings Cross and have space.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|