Amy Irving BACP Accredited Counsellor for Children, Young People and Adults
WHAT I OFFER
My name is Amy; thank you for taking the time to look at my page. I am passionate about the long-term benefits of early therapeutic intervention. No matter your age, issue or stage of life, I aim to provide you with the time and space required to explore whatever is troubling you.
I have 8 years post-qualification experience working with clients across a range of issues and difficulties in both the charity and private sectors, and am particularly passionate about supporting people through times of loss, bereavement and grief.
- COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years (three in every classroom) has a mental health problem, and many continue to struggle with these problems into adulthood. Children are less likely to struggle if they receive support at an early age.
Private therapy offers flexibility and choice, supporting you to get your child the best help possible without having to sit on a long waiting list. I work with children across a range of issues and will not turn them away because they do not meet a set threshold of symptoms.
If you think counselling might help your child then please do not hesitate to get in touch. I will work with you to find a way forward through whatever is troubling them.
"Amy helped me understand and see things differently"
"I shared my feelings because if we tell each other what hurts then we can help each other"
"Life is a little easier with someone to talk to"
- COUNSELLING FOR ADULTS
I provide a professional therapy service for adults going through periods of distress or difficulty. Services are confidential, flexible, and designed to be tailored to your unique situation.
"I found the whole experience very useful in coming to terms with the issues I had. Amy is professional, empathic and insightful. I have enjoyed my sessions."
"I felt supported and respected throughout. I have made great progress and feel this is due to the support and encouragement I have received from Amy."
- GRIEF COUNSELLING AND TRAINING
As a specialist in bereavement support I am experienced and trained in issues relating to grief and loss and dedicate much of my personal development to ongoing training in this area.
I am available for school or work-based therapy for students and staff following a sudden death, trauma or loss.
I provide training for schools on the impact of bereavement and loss on children and young people and the ways to support and manage this effectively within the school context.
"It was a great refresher...her direct approach empowered me to be honest and forthright with my kids"
"The section about complicated grief was particularly useful, as well as the resources and ideas"
"It reminded me that I'm doing a good job"
Schools and community groups are encouraged to get in touch if they would like further information on grief training.
- HELPING HANDS; THINKING HATS: Mental health programme for 7-11 year olds
I currently partner with several local primary schools and children's community groups in the Hull and East Riding region providing a mental health awareness programme for children aged 7-11 years called 'Helping Hands; Thinking Hats'.
The programme covers common mental health issues and can also be adapted to support those children who need specific help in one particular area. The sessions are suitable for one-to-one work or groups of up to eight children and each session lasts for one hour.
The material is delivered through movement, creative work, reflection and discussion and is mindful of the age and developmental stage of the individual children concerned. The sessions cover material on anger, anxiety and bereavement.
Schools and community groups are encouraged to get in touch if they would like further information on supporting their students in this way.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM COUNSELLING
Coming to counselling can be a daunting process but you've made the first step by looking at my profile here on Counselling Directory.
The next step is to email or call me. From there I can talk with you about how I might help and we can look at booking an initial appointment.
During this initial appointment we will have an opportunity to get to know each other and you can ask me any questions that will help you make the decision about whether I am the right counsellor for you.
If you decide to book further sessions then I will offer you a regular weekly or fortnightly appointment time on a day that is convenient for you.
For younger clients, sessions may include an element of play, art and creativity to encourage, challenge and promote healthy behaviours. Sessions for children and young people are age-appropriate and tailored according to each child’s needs. Topics frequently explored include: anxiety, bereavement bullying, confidence, depression, family breakdown, phobias and self-esteem.
I am still able to offer support for younger clients and their families in spite of current restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are concerned about your child at this time.
Many clients use sessions to offload those things that are troubling them. Others require more structure to their time and don’t always know what to talk about. I will seek to reassure and guide you through this process.
All sessions last up to 50 minutes. The number of sessions you will require will very much depend on your unique situation and this will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Where possible I can indicate how long I think the work might take during our first session once we have discussed what issues we might explore.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND RECORD KEEPING
An essential feature of counselling is that the information disclosed is treated confidentially in order to support clients to open up and share feelings without fear of blame or that their concerns will be discussed elsewhere. This confidentiality agreement includes not discussing the work with parents or carers, unless the young person requests or gives consent for this. I acknowledge that this isn’t an easy situation for parents, and it is quite natural for you to feel anxious about what may be being said in the sessions. I will seek to reassure and guide you through this process.
There are limitations to confidentiality which will be discussed with you in your initial appointment.
CHERISHED SPACES: decluttering and organising
In addition to the therapeutic services I offer, I also run a local community project called Cherished Spaces providing practical help organising and decluttering homes and community spaces. The project originally supported families who'd experienced a sudden loss or bereavement where additional support was needed to clear a home quickly and empathically. In recent years the project has developed to meet the wider needs of the local Hull community, supporting individuals and families to clear and organise their physical home space and to build community and connection between people who are experiencing loss, bereavement and grief.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about this project.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work as a private therapist for children, young people and adults from both my base in Hull city centre and within several local schools. I am registered with a number of national healthcare providers should you wish to access therapeutic support through your private health insurance policy.
My academic training includes a BSc Degree in Psychology from Hull University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from York St John University.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
All appointments that take place in my private clinic, online (via Skype or Zoom) or over the telephone are charged at £45 for up to 50 minutes. All school appointments are charged at £50 (additional travelling costs may apply).
Please note that I operate a late cancellation policy where the full session fee is due if you cancel your appointment 48 hours or less beforehand.
All schools and businesses looking to purchase therapeutic or training services are assessed on an individual basis. Please get in touch to discuss specific requirements.
My private clinic is based at the K2 Tower building on Bond Street in Hull and is COVID-19 secure (a risk assessment is available on request). Convenient parking is available nearby and the building has full disabled access.
Concessions offered for
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I ensure ongoing professional development by attending courses and workshops and receive regular and ongoing clinical supervision.
I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Baring Service Certificate (DBS), formerly known as a CRB certificate, and private indemnity insurance.