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About me

Hi, I’m Amy. Dog lover, perfectionist in recovery, and BACP registered therapist. I work with women, often in their thirties who never feel good enough, no matter what they do. I respect women who struggle, and who survive.

Wanting to change is normal, sometimes it helps us grow. Not feeling enough as you are is different. It’s painful. It's linked to depression, difficult relationships and shame. It's possible to be intelligent or high achieving and still not feel good enough. It might look something like this.

Constantly apologising, negatively comparing yourself to other women, having a highly critical voice in your head. Procrastinating. Needing to do things perfectly or there’s no point. Believing you’ll be happy if you can just lose weight/be a better mother/find ‘the one’. Not being able to ask for what you need at work, in your personal life or during sex. Always seeming to end up with partners who lose interest, affect your self confidence or become abusive. Struggling to control your emotions, being labelled ‘too sensitive’. Agreeing to things you dont want to do in order to please others, feeling angry about it. Binge eating or drinking. Having a difficult relationship with your mother. Believing there must be something wrong with you, that you’re ‘damaged goods’ or that everyone will leave you. Feeling ashamed of things that happened to you, keeping them secret. Feeling sad a lot of the time. Giving up.

It sounds hopeless, but it’s not.

I provide specialist councelling and psychotherapy sessions to women who want to change the way they feel about themselves. Therapy with me can help you to accept yourself without losing weight or becoming the perfect partner. Learn how things that happened in your past may have shaped your behaviour in the present, helping you to stop doing things that are hurting you. It can help you to become assertive in asking for what you want and set boundaries in order to prevent others from treating you with disrespect. It can help you establish healthy, enduring relationships.

Most importantly, therapy can help you to stop being ashamed of who are you and start living a life you actually want, on your own terms.

Therapy with me isn’t cold, clinical or judgemental. I’m warm, approachable and unshockable. I’m not afraid of strong emotions. I won’t tell you what to do, or that there’s only one way of doing it. You can expect a psychobabble free experience. Mental health involves lots of confusing terms and this can be overwhelming. CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, person-centred are all ways of describing therapy. If you're a women who doesn't feel good enough, concepts like attachment, CPTSD or developmental trauma might feel relevant. It’s my job to understand the psychological theory and make it accessible to you. You just need to show up and be supported.

I am what’s often called an Integrative Therapist. This means that I’m trained in a number of different forms of psychotherapy and use a combination of these in sessions. The idea behind integrative therapy is that you are unique, and what would work perfectly for you might not work for someone else. I’m therefore able to design a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.

Got more questions? Drop me a message.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a deep personal commitment to the emotional heath of women.

I studied social sciences at Trinity College Dublin. This gave me a sound foundation in theories of human motivation, behaviour, sexuality, and gender.

I completed my postgraduate education in Counselling and Psychotherapy in Cape Town and London, at the South African College of Applied Psychology. As part of my postgraduate thesis, I undertook extensive research into the properties of shame and how this affects the way we view ourselves. I use this experience to help women recover from difficult life experiences.

Prior to entering private practice I was part of a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors; at a mental health service in a deprived part of Cape Town. My clients were frequently women who had experienced sexual or domestic abuse, often in a context of CPTSD or developmental trauma. This often manifested in chronic low self-worth, binge eating, alcohol & substance misuse, self-harm and difficulty regulating emotions. I developed this specialism in setting my own therapy practice, treating women who struggle to accept themselves and display repetitive patterns of dysfunctional behaviour.

I continue to work with frontline 19; providing psychological support to NHS staff suffering from Covid related trauma.

I’m a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. This requires me to meet rigorous standards of training, ethics and professional development on an annual basis. Keeping you as a client safe and protected.

Want to chat before booking? Get in touch.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

Fees

£90.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Availability

Daytime, evening and weekend appointments.

Further information

My new website/online booking system for 2021 is currently under construction, drop me a message with any questions.

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Amy Preston MA PgDip MBACP

Amy Preston MA PgDip MBACP