I offer 1-1 and Couples Counselling. I have worked successfully with clients who have experienced bereavement, childhood, relationship and family issues, work-related stress, self-esteem/ confidence difficulties, substance misuse, anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings, survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, displacement/trafficking. I have experience of counselling in charities and the NHS and employee counselling and have worked extensively with people from various ethnic groups.
Feeling comfortable with your counsellor is so important. I offer a safe non-judgemental space in which to develop a warm, supportive relationship with my clients; built on trust and mutual respect. I aim to empower individuals to gain insight, to trust and value themselves, to achieve their goals and reach a state of equilibrium.
I respect each person as an individual with their own thoughts, feelings, behaviour and spiritual needs. I believe these are interdependent, so working with one part also has a beneficial effect on the others. I use a variety of interventions as appropriate and agreed with my clients. I offer impartial support to couples, encouraging both partners to listen to each other’s concerns and to work towards practical, mutually acceptable solutions to their difficulties.
Where it all started
My interest in mental health and counselling began at university. Over the years I have worked in psychiatric hospitals, educational & vocational guidance and a range of educational settings. I have also set up and managed voluntary sector organisations in my local multi-cultural community. I maintained my interest in mental health and counselling and later completed further counselling training and qualifications, as I see this as my true vocation.
From a couple who saw Amanda:
“It has been a really useful forum for us to discuss problems without the tension or escalation (to an argument) that might take place at home. It’s good to have someone there as a mediator who sees things objectively who has then been able to give suggestions and practical exercises to improve our circumstances e.g. improve listening skills so we communicate better."
“I feel we have a better awareness of the worries we both have and also a better understanding of what our goals are. We have learnt some good techniques to try and have seen value from them already.”
“I came to see Amanda a few months ago when I was in a low place in my life. I feel now I am happier and more content in terms of where I see my life going. Amanda has helped me recognise my emotions that I did not want to face or think about. I have been able to make a plan for my future. Amanda has been very helpful to me throughout my sessions. I am grateful to her.”