Amy Fairchild Dip.Couns Registered MBACP
You're probably here because things aren't going well right now, they haven't in the past, or you're worried about the future, maybe all three. That's okay - we all have problems to overcome at points in our lives. In fact, I believe that these times when we struggle are our greatest opportunities for personal growth and enrichment. It can be daunting I know, overwhelming even, but I assure you that I am here to support you, and will give you the security and space where you can explore all of your thoughts and feelings.
I'm drawn to understanding you as an individual, what you see, hear and feel, and how you relate to the world around you. Through a combination of curiosity and compassion, I will help you unpick your personal story and enable you to rebuild a narrative that works for you and your future. By choosing to seek out therapy you have already made the biggest step, I will help you journey on, following your directions whilst gently pointing out the surrounding countryside and alternative routes.
Through a tailored approach - different for every individual - we will work through your concerns towards your desired goals. I believe that you have within you, the tools and the knowledge to discover who and how you want to be, and above all, to find an underlying sense of happiness and resilience that will serve you throughout your life. Through a combination of talking therapy, processing exercises, visualisation and nervous system work, we can make the journey a thoroughly enjoyable one.
I currently work from Private Health Professionals in Braunton, home in Ilfracombe and online via Zoom, which is a free and easy to use app that I can help you set up. Before my private practice, I worked for the NHS where I gained great experience working with a diverse range of clients and conditions. I offer short and long-term therapy with sessions typically being 1 hour long at a time to suit you. For online sessions you just need a quiet place where you won't be interrupted or feel overheard and WiFi.
Counselling can offer support through a difficult time, a deeper understanding of yourself and others, increased self-confidence, and a more positive outlook. As a guide, amongst other things, counselling can help with the following:
Anxiety, panic attacks, anger management, bullying, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, family issues, grief, illness, low self-esteem, sexual abuse, stress, suicidal thoughts, relationship issues, trauma. I will keep your well-being and needs at the very forefront of the work, always aiming to empower you to find your own solutions - please contact me for more information.
I am fully insured and a registered member of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer online Counselling via Zoom and Eco Therapy
Weekdays, weekends and evenings online or telephone.
What do I do now?
Once you have made the first step towards seeking help, like searching for a counsellor on this directory, it can be a bit daunting making the next one. If you have any questions, want to make an appointment, or would just like to ask me about what I can offer and when I am available, please just email or call me on the contact details provided. There is absolutely no obligation in this and I understand that you may only be wanting to know a bit more at this point.
If you then decide to go ahead we will discuss where and when suits you and book your first session. During this session, you can tell me about why you are looking for help and what you want to gain from counselling. After our initial appointment, you can decide whether you would like to arrange further sessions - it's really important that you feel comfortable with whoever you choose to see.
We can work to a specific number or weeks if that is what you are looking for. I would suggest a minimum of 6, but there is no maximum, it's up to you to decide when you feel ready to stop. If at any point you change your mind or don't feel that it's for you, then you just have to let me now and it's as simple as that. You can always come back, many people find it helpful to revisit counselling at various stages in their lives, either with a counsellor they have seen before or a new one.
Ideally, we will meet at the same time on a weekly basis, but I understand that many people have busy work and home lives, so I can be flexible on this. If you need to cancel an appointment then I just ask for 24 hours notice.
Depending on where we meet, payment is either made by cash, card or beforehand by bank transfer - I will give you all the details for this at our first appointment.
I hope you find this information helpful, but if there is anything else at all that you would like to know - just get in touch.