Amy Gorton MBACP
Hello, I'm Amy, and I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor working with adults and young people in the Manchester area. As an integrative practitioner, I'm trained in a variety of psychotherapeutic models and believe that together we can work with the most appropriate one to support you. These include relational psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, transactional analysis and person-centered therapy. I am trauma-focused, and alongside my private practice, I also work within a specialist service in the NHS, for clients who have experienced sexual abuse.
I'm a relational practitioner, which means I believe that relationships form a huge part of who we are, and can affect our ability to live in the present. Feeling unheard or misunderstood by those around us can have a massive emotional impact on who we are. This might have happened to you when you were a child, or it might be happening in your current relationships. Without positive, fulfilling relationships in our lives, everyday living can become really tough.
As a relational psychotherapist, my main focuses are on the emotional impact these relationships have had on us, and how we can manage these in our present lives, enabling us to live to our greatest potential.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a psychotherapist after completing a PGDiploma at the University of Central Lancashire in Integrative Psychotherapy.
As part of my training, I have spent 100 hours in clinical placement, working in an IAPT service with clients with mental health issues, such as depression and generalised anxiety disorder. I have also spent two years working with clients who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence, and childhood sexual abuse. This experience means that I have worked with complex trauma and the emotional impact of this on clients, as well as the co-morbid issues that often live with coping with abuse, such as post traumatic stress disorder, complex PTSD, and anxiety. Alongside my work as a private practitioner, I also work within the NHS, in a specialist service for survivors of sexual violence.
I am an integrative psychotherapist, which means that I have a variety of training across lots of different ways of working, such as psychodynamic, relational and Gestalt therapy. This means that I can adapt my way of working to what is going to be the most useful to you. For some people, having the space to talk and air their feelings is the most useful thing for them. Other people might need some longer-term sessions.
I am qualified to work with ages 12 and above. I am also a member of the BACP, and therefore follow all of their ethical framework and procedures.
Qualifications & Continued Professional Development
I have attended training with PODS on working with dissociative disorders, trauma and the body, and dealing with distress including self harm. I am currently completing my MA in Integrative Psychotherapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Before I completed my training, I spent ten years working in the hospitality sector. Therefore, I have a good understanding of the impact of working in a stressful environment, and the effects of working shifts, often late into the night, has on both your physical and emotional wellbeing.
£50 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My office is on the 10th floor of a building, but has lift access.
I have evening and weekend sessions available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|