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MBACP Amber Therapy

About me

Welcome to Amber Therapy, I’m Andrea and I have been growing Amber Therapy here in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire since 2015.

The name Amber Therapy comes from a piece of work I do with most clients around emotional regulation using an emotional traffic light system, helping clients develop awareness and manage sometimes overwhelming and difficult emotions.

This technique helps us to recognise uncomfortable feelings and we can get better at pressing the pause button when our emotions escalate from green to amber, before we find ourselves in red, maybe a situation at school or work, an argument within a relationship or, perhaps a difficult parenting moment.

About me

I specialise in working with anxiety, panic attacks and emotional regulation with teenagers, young people and adults.

Having my own struggles with anxiety as a teenager myself and on into my adult life, I wish I had found the support I needed much sooner than I did.

Anxiety can impact hugely on everyday life and can make relationships, parenting and day to day activities and commitments hard to manage. Anxiety can trigger uncomfortable feelings physically and emotionally and cause irritability, rage and agitation.

“Be the person you needed when you were younger”

A quote by Ayesha Siddiqi that shifted my perspective.

Your anxiety will be individual to you, we can work together to unpack thoughts and feelings, past experiences, present difficulties to help you understand what might be causing your anxiety and find the best approach to help you cope and manage it, to live a more relaxed life through talking therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

I like being listened to, I appreciate being heard. I would like to offer that opportunity to you.

Sometimes just having the space to talk freely can help unravel thoughts and help us gain a fresh perspective within situations.

I used to lie awake at night worrying about situations, relationships, my children, the future and feeling overwhelmed with regret and guilt over situations from the past. Going over conversations in my head, that hadn’t even happened and probably didn’t need to happen but drained my energy.

Engaging in my own personal therapy helped me work through my confusion, process my past, understand myself and my needs better by developing a better awareness of who I am and who I want to be. 

Services:

Adolescent Therapy 1-1

I have worked with teenagers for over 10 years, supporting young people in secondary schools and therapeutic residential care homes. I have worked with clients experiencing suicidal ideation, self-harming, anxiety, depression and the stress from the pressures that young people can be under academically and sociably.

Adult 1-1 Therapy

I have worked with adults who have experienced abuse, sexual, physical and emotional, and domestic violence. I have supported clients through difficult situations such as marriage and relationship breakdowns. Helping clients work through life changing situations such as a change of career and sitting beside clients at times of loss, grief and bereavement. 

I work alongside the Mental Health Service, Educational Psychologists, Psychiatrists and General Practitioners who can become involved with my clients and their families. 

My work approach is flexible, and my support is unique to every individual client’s needs. As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists I am committed to the principles and values set out in their Ethical Framework making clients my primary concern and providing an appropriate standard of service, sustaining and advancing good practice for my clients. Boundaries and client confidentiality is of paramount importance.

Andrea Clarke MBACP

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience:

Counselling for teenagers and young people - Exploring and supporting coping mechanisms to deal with the stresses of everyday life such as social media pressure, bullying and exam/school pressures and expectations.

Mental Health Issues - Coping Strategy development for Autism, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, Personality Disorders, Panic Attacks and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

Marriage crisis - Support with all aspects of marriage difficulties or breakdowns.

Domestic violence - Exploring ways to break patterns of behaviours with victims or perpetrators.

Parenting support - Exploring and developing strategies to cope with children's challenging behaviours, and developing skills to support your child through difficulty times.

Relationship issues - Exploring difficulties we face in all types of relationships.

Trauma - Support while reflecting, coming to terms with and moving on from a traumatic experience such as abuse, bereavement or loss.

Anger management - Developing a healthier way to live with anger.

Qualifications

CPCAB Counselling Skills Level 1 and 2

CPCAB Counselling Studies Level 3

CPCABLevel 4 Counselling Diploma

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

Additional Courses

KCA My baby's brain

KCA Associates Vulnerability, Trauma and Recovery

KCA Associates Attachment, Trauma and Resilience

KCA Associates Promoting learning for vulnerable children

KCA Associates Baby development and positive parenting

HCC Toxic relationships

Keys Self harm

Keys Sexual exploitation in young people

Keys Understanding Self-harm

ADHD and Autism

FF Protective Behaviours

Parenting Puzzle

Managing drug and alcohol abuse

Alternatives abortion awareness

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Additional information

£45 Child and Adolescent Counselling (45 minutes)

£35 Child and Adolescent Counselling (30 minutes)

£50 Adult individual counselling per session (50 minutes)

When I work

I offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments, including Sundays

Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families

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