Amy Leggatt MBACP
St Margaret's Millenium Centre
1 Gatekeeper Chase
Abbey Place Clinic
5 The Chapel
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.
"I was able to work through things I didn’t know needed working on. I was able to leave when ready, and was given the tools to be able to manage on my own. I was treated with dignity, respect, and with kindness, thank you for everything you’ve done to help and support me".
"A very open, honest, and straightforward counsellor. I felt at ease straight away, and was able to talk about experiences that had been buried for some time. It’s extremely important to be able to have an open and trusting relationship with your counsellor for counselling to work. At no time did I feel judged, guilty, or unwelcome. I would recommend counselling to anyone considering it, it can help save lives".
Training, qualifications & experience
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.
As well as working as a counsellor in private practice, I have worked at a low-cost community counselling service, working with a wide range of 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.
My life and work experience has been varied. For example, in addition to my experience of working as a counsellor and support worker, I worked for many years as a professional singer and dancer, then later in retail management. I feel this enables me to work well as a counsellor with clients from diverse backgrounds.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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.
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. On-street parking available after 10 am on Gatekeeper Chase, and at Orchard Street car park next to the 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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Disabled parking and lift available at Millenium Centre location.
I currently have morning and afternoon slots available on Tuesdays, and morning, afternoon and evening slots available on Thursdays.
Types of client