Amy Westwick, Integrative Counsellor, MBACP(Registered)
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working in Lewisham.
You may have come to counselling with a specific issue or problem you wish to focus on or more generalised feelings of unhappiness. I can offer time to reflect in a safe, empathic and confidential environment to look at difficult feelings and experiences. Sharing our unspoken thoughts and feelings can be hugely transformative, helping us to become more resilient, while allowing us to make our own choices to form a more fulfilling life for ourselves.
I believe the development of a trusting relationship between therapist and client is fundamental to therapeutic work. I see the therapeutic process as a collaborative one, with me working alongside you to support the development of a greater understanding of yourself and your relationship with others.
The integrative relational model I work from uses ideas from psychodynamic, transpersonal and humanistic theory. This model allows me to respond to clients in a unique manner with flexibility and creativity.
I have 12 years experience of working with people within health and wellbeing settings. I have worked therapeutically with clients within the voluntary sector since 2016. I have previously worked at bereavement services in East London. I have worked with people in grief, depression, anxiety and chronic illness. I can offer open-ended long term work or time limited dependent on your needs and circumstance.
After you make contact through phone or email we would be able to set up a time for our initial consultation of 50 minutes. During this time we can discuss your reasons for coming to therapy and your hopes for it along with looking at questions you have about how we might work together. The initial consultation is my usual session rate of £45. If you decide that we are a good fit to work together sessions following that will be 50 minutes long, typically on a weekly basis at a cost of £60.
If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions you wish to discuss please contact me on the email provided.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my diploma in Integrative Counselling at the Mary Ward Centre, where I was required to be in therapy myself throughout my training. My diploma is accredited by the BACP, I continue to follow their ethical guidelines.
I started my professional life as a nurse working on neurosurgical wards. This experience has allowed me to develop a very relational way with clients and gave me a real insight into the diversity and complexities of the human experience.
During my 3 year therapeutic training as a counsellor I worked in a pioneering community centre in Tower Hamlets. Working alongside people to empower and support them to make changes to better their health and wellbeing.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Initial consultation are charged at £45 with on going sessions after this charged at £60, each session is 50 minutes in duration.
- Concession charges are discussed on a person by person basis.