Mandy McGinnes - Registered MBACP - Dip.Counselling
Hello, my name is Mandy, I would like to begin by offering you a very warm welcome to my profile. I would also like to acknowledge the courage it has potentially taken for you to consider the prospect of counselling.
For many the thought, the idea of counselling is daunting. Sharing your inner self with someone unfamiliar. The fear of the unknown can seem immense, your feelings are very valid and very real.
I really enjoy building a therapeutic relationship with each client. It is an enormous privilege to be allowed into someone's life and to watch them grow and change.
I offer a safe and supportive space, working from my practice at home in Farnborough. Together, we can explore whatever difficulties you are experiencing, potentially opening up new possibilities, living a life in which you feel more fulfilled.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally trained counsellor holding a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I adhere to their code of ethics.
I continue to develop my skills and knowledge in the field of counselling by taking regular training courses, so I can continue to deliver a professional service to all my clients.
I am passionate about people and committed to the service that I offer. I believe in lifelong learning and am continually developing myself as a practitioner.
2018 - CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4
2016 - CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3
2015 - CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
2014 - CPCAB Introduction to Counselling Skills
I completed all four years of counselling training at Farnborough College of Technology, and my Diploma was awarded by the University of Surrey
Additional CPD training and Workshops
2017 - Universal Safeguarding Children
2017 - Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health Awareness
2018 - Young people affected by Intimate Partner abuse
2018 - Resilience Documentary - Q&A Session
2018 - Setting up a Private Practice
2018 - Suicide Prevention Training
2018 - Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
2018 - Understanding Personality Disorder
2019 - Understanding Anxiety and Depression
2019 - Understanding Addictions
2019 - Confidence and Self Esteem
2019 - Managing Intense Emotions
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a reduced fee initial session, so that we can meet, and you can see if you feel that we can work together, it is important that you find a counsellor who you will be comfortable working with. The initial session provides you both space and time to ask any questions you may have, to see the counselling space that I offer, to consider whether you wish to commit further to the counselling process.
Initial 30 min session: £25
Following 50 min sessions: £45
I work for either an agreed period of time, or on an open-ended and usually weekly basis at a time that is mutually convenient.
How I work
I am passionate about the work that I do, I both believe and trust in the counselling process.
My training is Integrative, which means I can draw on various approaches which include Person Centred, Psychodynamic, CBT and Existentialism. My core approach is Person Centred, this is a humanistic approach wherein a counsellor tries to gain an understanding of a client’s individual experience from their point of view. I do not see myself as the ‘expert’ within the room, I would not be aiming to diagnose, advise, suggest or problem solve. I believe that you are the ‘expert’ within your life, that somewhere within you lies your own answer, your key to living the life you desire.
I am a compassionate, supportive counsellor, I offer a safe, empathetic environment within my home, a friendly, informal environment, helping you to feel relaxed.