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Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, MBACP

About me

Life can become overwhelming. Today we have so many pressures we have to juggle like money, work and family life. In a world where we are more connected than ever, we often feel lonely, losing connection with ourselves and ones who we are closest to. We become unsure where to turn when we need help, or even where to start. We desperately want change but not sure how to take the smallest step forward. We want to stop feeling anxious, stressed or low, to have choices in life, to find an old you, or a new version of yourself,  to discover hope and direction. Looking into counselling is an amazingly brave first step to change your current situation.

Hi, my name is Amy and I am an online counsellor.

Firstly let me start by saying that I understand asking for help is very often a scary prospect. Speaking to a stranger about your worries can feel daunting. Talking through your thoughts and the emotions to someone trained to listen, without judgement, is extremely empowering. Counselling can give you the space you need to find yourself, your strength and your voice. You don’t need to do this alone. I am here to face those scary moments with you, to help you find a path you are excited to discover, a part of yourself you have lost and need back, or tackle a time you wish you could move on from.

Having counselling online gives you the freedom to fit therapy into your day. In the comfort of your own space we will explore together what your goals are and build a new stronger foundation which you will take with you throughout your life. No need to travel to appointments or wait in a waiting room, simply find a quiet spot for a video call. If you struggle to find time in your day for yourself, online counselling might be a perfect solution, whether it's in your lunch break, in between the school runs, or with that morning cuppa, having counselling via video call means you can be flexible with your day, but still prioritising your mental wellbeing.

Please contact me if this profile has spoken to you. I would love to help you find the courage to take steps towards answers, strength and courage in your life. I offer a free 30 minute introductory video call to meet and answer any questions you may have.

I also have a Facebook and Instagram page @startblossoming if you would like to follow me for motivation, inspiration and tips on managing your emotional wellbeing.  

I wish you the very best in the search for the right counsellor for you and taking the brave decision to prioritise yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified and insured person-centred Counsellor, registered with the BACP (british association for counsellors and psychotherapists) I have had a high standard of training and continue to advance my skills with training regularly. Person-centred counselling is a great tool to help you get what you need from the session, whether it is working on coping strategies and techniques to conquer your anxiety, or to explore your past to find who you were and who you are now. There is no forcing you into something you aren’t ready to face, all sessions are at your own pace, space for you to build a better relationship with yourself and understand your emotions with kindness and curiosity.

My previous counselling clients have told me that our sessions together have given them more confidence in their decision making, created better relationships with themselves, their partners, family and friends, found answers to questions that have bothered them for years, found acceptance with parts of themselves they were ashamed of, gave them control over their emotions and found the courage to stop people pleasing. 

Some areas I’ve helped clients combat:

Are you feeling lost?

Do you find it hard to put yourself first, unable to say no, or feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope? Dissatisfied with your life but not sure what will help improve it? Maybe you have a big decision to make but the pressure of failing or making the wrong choice leaves you frozen, wanting to curl in a ball in front of the TV for weeks, trying to hide from it all? Counselling can gently help you to search for answers, be a place of reflection and self discovery. A space to learn how to be kinder to yourself, to find confidence in your voice and your power to decide what you want from life.

Are you exhausted with pleasing others and having no energy left for yourself?

Do you find yourself saying yes to others, even when you don’t want to? Do you prioritise others' needs above your own? Do you feel others take advantage of your kind nature but never seem to be there for you when you need help and support? Do you have no time for yourself? Counselling can help you figure out your priorities in life, what you want and how you can meet your needs. To become strong and find confidence to say no, to find time for yourself you deserve and become the person you wish to be!

Are you finding it difficult after having a new baby?

Having a baby can feel like a whirlwind of emotions. It's common to feel overwhelmed, like you aren’t good enough or feeling you are failing. Feel that you are lonely in all this, or lost part of yourself and not sure who you are anymore? This can be even more difficult if your pregnancy or birth was difficult or traumatic. Maybe you have had a baby who was premature or was unwell when they were born and feel no one else understands your fears and worries? Both mums and dads can feel lost and overwhelmed by the new world of being a parent. Counselling provides someone to listen to your worries, to share those difficult times with, without trying to offer advice or minimise your concerns. You won’t be alone. Counselling can also be a place to help you celebrate your achievements and build a stronger bond with yourself, your children and loved ones.

Feeling dread when you think of going back into work?

Are you struggling with your job, finding it hard to care about your work or unsure if you want to go in a different direction but scared to take the leap? Do you feel dread and find it hard to go to sleep before your next shift? I have lots of experience working with people in emergency services and the NHS. Previously being a nurse I understand the stress and pressure you are feeling, the fear of making a mistake. How hard It can be to keep putting on a brave face when you feel dissatisfied or overwhelmed. The difficulty of shifts and explaining how hard work is to people who may not understand what it's like. Counselling can help you decompress after a bad shift. To apply some of that caring you give to others to yourself. Counselling can also help you work out decisions and make choices in your career if you need a change, find confidence for that promotion, or find the bravery to leave that job you hate for a career you would feel fulfilled with.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parents of Neonatal children

NHS staff members/Key workers

Postnatal Depression and Postnatal Anxiety

Confidence and self-worth

Photos & videos

Fees

£35.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

£35 for 50 minute session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

10am-6pm

later sessions may be available on request

Further information

I aim to respond to all messages within 48 hours, Monday-Friday. I may not always be available to answer phone calls so please leave a voicemail if you are unable to get through. If you haven't received a response via email, please ensure to check your spam folder.

Payments are made by bank transfer. 

Kidderminster, DY11

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom
Skype

Social