Amy Lavelle Integrative Psychological Therapist BSc (Hons), P.G.Dip., MBACP
Covid-19 - I am working throughout the pandemic offering telephone sessions at a reduced rate. Some limited Face to Face appointments are available on a Friday, but this will be assessed as to whether this will be offered to you. All initial assessments will be carried out over the telephone until further notice.
I'm Amy, I'm an integrative therapist and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Working integratively I draw on various models and therapeutic approaches to tailor therapy to the needs of the individual, rather than work from one specific model. We are all so unique and I don't believe we are a one size fits all. Some examples of therapies and approaches I may use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis and Humanistic therapies.
If this is the first time you have had therapy it can take a little time to get used to the process. I understand how daunting and sometimes scary the first steps can be, that's why I offer a half price initial consultation. During the consultation, we will assess your needs, draw up a treatment plan and give you the chance to get a feel for therapy. You can decide there and then if you would like to continue with the process, or it may benefit you to reflect and have some time to think about it.
We have to have courage to embark on the therapeutic journey, and it is important to have a therapist who you can trust will support and be there with you throughout this journey. The therapeutic relationship plays a crucial part to therapy, as without it, therapy simply cannot work.
Depression and Anxiety
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counselling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Perhaps you don't know how you feel but just know something is not right. Maybe you want to be more assertive or embark on a journey of self discovery. Maybe you are having relationship difficulties or struggling to make a big decision.
I often hear people in my practice say "maybe I shouldn't be here. There are others who are more in need of this than me". I don't believe that there are experiences better or worse than others, there are just different experiences. We all experience things differently. Pain is subjective. So whatever you are experiencing that has led you to this page, I encourage you to explore to gain deeper understanding and meaning of your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc(Hons) Counselling Psychology
- PGDip Counselling Psychology
- Suicide awareness
- Zoe Lodrick's Master-class (sexualised trauma, the cyclic nature of trauma and the threat response in human beings)
- Emotional resilience
- The Essential Toolkit for Running Groups
- Safeguarding children and young people
- Sacred self care and Ayurvedic nutrition
I currently work and have done for five years as an adult therapist within the NHS primary care improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) service. I have also worked for Change, Grow, Live (CGL) providing counselling and CBT for those struggling with alcohol addiction.
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
Sessions will last 50 minutes and are charged at £50 after the initial consultation which is charged at £25. Although you may have as many or as few sessions as you like, recommendations will be made by your therapist during your appointment to ensure you get the most out of your treatment.
Reduced rates are available for students and low income (proof of enrolment or benefits may be required).