Amy Rae Lewis PG Dip.Counselling MBACP
Hi, I’m Amy. I want to let you know a little about me and how I work so you can decide if you feel I am the right counsellor for you.
I am passionate about counselling and helping others. I've been working as a counsellor for almost 12 years. I have vast experience of working as a face to face counsellor and an online counsellor. Even before Covid I was a big fan of online working so am very familiar with it. I have dealt with multiple client issues in this time, no issue is too big or too small. Asking for help is a brave thing to do and I will always do my best to help you achieve your goals.
Choosing a counsellor is an important decision. You want someone you feel like you click with and can trust. Covid-19 has had an impact on us all, you may find your are struggling more than usual or maybe lockdown has given you the time to reflect and now you're ready to make some positive changes in your life. Whatever the reasons I'm here to help and support you.
How I work
I am a relational integrative counsellor. What this means is that our working relationship is at the core of all our work together. I want you to feel comfortable, relaxed and like you can trust me. Counselling is a confidential safe place. I would never judge you or push you to explore anything your not yet comfortable with.
What to expect in your first session
Our first counselling session we will look at your expectations for counselling. What you are hoping to achieve or change in your life and discuss how we can work on this together. I will explain confidentiality to you in more detail, discuss cancelations and payments and we will also discuss how many sessions you feel you would like. I will always be honest with you and realistic about the amount of sessions you may have. I don’t want you spending your money just for the sake of it. If you get to the place you want to be, in less sessions than Intended then that is great!
What I offer
I am currently offering Zoom video sessions for both adolescents aged 13 upwards and adults. Many of us have got used to video calls during lockdown but if this isn't comfortable for you we can discuss instant chat options instead.
I have flexible appointments available and will do my very best to accommodate you. I also offer sessions on evenings and weekends.
I hope that I have answered some of the questions you may have about working with me but if you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
A bit about my experience. I am fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. I completed the Postgraduate Diploma in counselling and I have been practicing for 12 years now. In this time I have worked with both adults and youths. I enjoy working face to face and digitally so have always practiced in both ways, if digital counselling is new to you I hope I can help you feel more comfortable with it.
In my time as a counsellor I have worked with a number of issues:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Self harm
- Eating disorders
- Low self esteem
- Self worth
- Family issues
- Relationship issues
- Behaviour issues
- Loss of identity.
I am registered with the BACP and am committed to working within their ethical framework for good practice. I hold my own full professional liability insurance and am DBS (disclosure and baring service) checked.
I am committed to always furthering my experience and knowledge so have attended many further training courses such as:
- DBT training
- Eating Disorders
- Working with challenging behaviour
- ASSIST - Working with suicidal thoughts
- Motivational interviewing
- Working with Self Harm
- Child Protection
- Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Drug and alcohol dependancy.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Prices - £35 per session
Discounts available on block bookings.
Sessions will last 1 hour