Amy Leggatt MBACP

Amy Leggatt MBACP

St Margaret's Millenium Centre
1 Gatekeeper Chase
Rainham
Gillingham
Kent
ME8 9BH

Abbey Place Clinic
5 The Chapel
Abbey Place
Faversham
ME13 7BG

07729 772019

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St Margaret's Millenium Centre
1 Gatekeeper Chase
Rainham
Gillingham
Kent
ME8 9BH

Abbey Place Clinic
5 The Chapel
Abbey Place
Faversham
ME13 7BG

07729 772019

About me

Hello, and thank you for visiting my profile page. I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a member of the BACP, I work to their professional standards and ethical framework, which you can view at https://www.bacp.co.uk/media/3103/bacp-ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions-2018.pdf.

How I work

I work from the viewpoint that each person is born with the ability to thrive, meet their needs, solve their problems, and live fulfilling lives, but that sometimes, due to difficult life experiences and other factors, they can become stuck, and may need some assistance.

In my therapeutic approach I offer a compassionate, supportive, non-judgemental space, where together we can explore your experience, including your thoughts and feelings in the here-and-now, to help you work with any difficulties that you may feel you want to change.  I work creatively with clients and adapt the therapy space to suit your way of expressing thoughts and feelings, for example the use of art making materials can be used to express  experiences which can be more difficult to verbalise, like dreams.

Your first session

This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little, talk about what's brought you to counselling and your needs, and find out whether working together can help you meet these needs. I offer a reduced rate for this initial introductory session.

Special interest - disability and impairments

I have a special interest and experience in working with clients who live with disabilities, including ‘hidden disabilities’ and impairments such as stammering. Having a neurological stammer myself, I am all too aware of the unique stresses living with a disability can create, and how the emotional life of the person can often be overlooked. I have a deep understanding of the many difficulties and obstacles disabilities can present in many, if not all areas of one’s life, and receiving emotional support can really help ease these daily stresses, help clients have a clearer perspective on their situation, and become aware of their options and new ways to manage their problems.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training

Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited) -  The Gestalt Centre, London.

Advanced Diploma in Professional Development: The Therapeutic Application of the Arts (awarded by London Metropolitan University)  - Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (I.A.T.E), London.

Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills - The Gestalt Centre, London.

Ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and supervision.

Experience

As well as working as a counsellor in private practice, for the past two years I have been working at a low-cost community counselling service, working with a wide range clients from diverse backgrounds, and with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, self-harm, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

I also have many years' experience working with people with mild to severe learning and/or physical disabilities, as well as neurodevelopmental conditions such as ASD. I have worked in a variety of community settings, including clients' family homes, supported living schemes, and residential units, supporting clients emotionally, physically, and practically to live as fulfilling and independent a life as possible.

In addition to my experience of working as a counsellor and support worker, I worked for many years as a professional singer and dancer, and later in retail management, and I feel my varied life and work experience, enables me to work well as a counsellor with clients from diverse backgrounds.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

The fee for our initial introductory fifty minute session is £20, then should we decide to work together, the fee for each fifty minute session is £45 thereafter. You can pay by cash or cheque on the day, or by bank transfer.

Further information

Alternative ways you can choose to have sessions

As well as face-face to sessions, I also offer Skype sessions for those who, for example, due to time or mobility restrictions, may find this more convenient. The session will be the same as a face-to-face session, just conducted via a Skype video call.

Getting to the Millenium Centre and Abbey Place Clinic

Location 1: Millenium Centre - Seven minute walk from Rainham station. Disabled parking and lift available. Parking available at Orchard Street car park 2/3 minute walk from Millenium Centre.

Location 2: Abbey Place Clinic- Twelve minute walk from Faversham station. Disabled access. 1 hour free parking on the road in Abbey Street or Abbey Place. Pay and display parking for up to 4 hours on Institute road (10 minute walk ). 2 hours parking available at Tesco with a £5 minimum spend in store ( 5 minute walk) , and on the road in Church Road (adjacent to Tesco).

Maps & Directions

Gillingham, ME8 9BH
Faversham, ME13 7BG

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Disabled parking and lift available at Millenium Centre location.

Availability

I currently have morning, afternoon and evening slots available on Tuesdays.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults