Amy Leggatt MBACP
Hello, and welcome to my profile page. I'm an experienced counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working in Canterbury, Faversham, and Rainham in Kent. I offer short or long-term counselling for adults and young people aged 16+.
How I work
In my approach to counselling, I believe that we all have the ability to meet our needs, solve our problems, and live fulfilling lives. However, sometimes due to difficult life experiences and other factors, we can become stuck, and may really benefit from professional support to help us move forward in our lives.
If you’re seeking counselling, you may be finding it hard to cope with challenging life events such as a bereavement, problems at work or relationship issues, and may be struggling with painful feelings such as anxiety or depression. I can offer you a safe space, where you can feel heard and accepted just as you you are, and where together we can explore any difficulties you may be facing, and develop helpful new ways for you to deal with them.
Special interest - disabilities and impairments
I have a special interest in working with people who live with disabilities and impairments, and I have extensive experience of working in both health and social care and counselling settings with clients living with a wide range of conditions and disabilities including;
- Neurological conditions
- Learning disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Congenital disorders
With my experience of working with people with disabilities, and having a neurological stammer myself, I have a deep understanding of the unique stresses living with a disability can create. These difficulties can include dealing with the often painful and exhausting physical and practical aspects of one's disability on a daily basis; and discrimination, including social exclusion, and barriers to gaining employment and accessing everyday services.
These often hugely challenging experiences can have a profound impact on the person's psychological and emotional well-being. Receiving compassionate and professional support from someone who understands first-hand the practical, physical, and emotional difficulties that so often come with having a disability, can really help ease these daily stresses, and support you to find new and helpful ways to deal with your situation. Home visits may be possible for people with profound disabilities.
As well as the impact disability can have on the person, it can also affect those who support them, such as their families, partners, and carers. As a person who supports someone with a disability, you may be struggling with feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion, powerlessness, anger, or isolation. I can offer you a confidential, supportive space where you can express your feelings openly and without judgement, which in itself can bring great relief, and where together we can explore new ways for you to manage any difficulties you may be experiencing around supporting the person you care for.
Your first session
Choosing a counsellor can feel daunting, and it's important that you find the person who's right for you, so I offer an introductory session at a reduced rate of £30, to give us an opportunity 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 is right for you.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The fee for our initial introductory fifty minute session is £30, 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. Depending on circumstances, a reduced rate may be possible upon discussion and agreement.
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. Home visits may also be possible for those with profound disabilities.
Getting to practice locations
Location 1: Twelve-minute walk from Faversham station. Wheelchair access. Free on-street parking for one hour on Abbey Street or Abbey Place. Pay and display parking for up to four hours on Institute Road (ten-minute walk ). Two hours parking available at Tesco with a £5 minimum spend in store ( 5-minute walk), and on-street parking on Church Road (adjacent to Tesco).
Location 2 - Seven-minute walk from Rainham station. Disabled parking and lift available. On-street parking available after 10 am on Gatekeeper Chase. There is also a pay and display car park on Orchard Street.
Location 3: Seven-minute walk from Canterbury East station. Unfortunately no wheelchair access. Nearest pay and display parking on Rosemary Lane or Castle Row (3-4 minute walk). Possibility of arranging parking space at clinic for disabled clients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have daytime and evening slots available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Slots are also available on other days for those not seeking sessions on the same day each week.
Types of client