My Counselling Practice is near to Camberley on the Surrey/Hampshire Border. I am within easy reach for the surrounding areas of Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Windsor, Bagshot, Guildford, Woking, Chobham, Lightwater, Yateley, Hartley Wintney, Sandhurst, Farnham, Frimley, Farnborough, Fleet, Hook, Basingstoke and Bracknell. Linking Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire are the M3, A3, A30 and A331, which are also nearby.
I have 25 years of experience working with individuals and couples who struggle with many issues that prevent them from leading a happy and fulfilled life.
Within my work, I implement an Integrative Humanistic Approach – this is developed around the belief that problems may not solely be caused by life events themselves, but how we experience them. Within this approach, I employ the use of Transactional Analysis – which is a communicative therapy exploring an individual’s personality and how this has been shaped by experiences – particularly those stemming from childhood. Alongside this, I also integrate a Psycho-dynamic angle to my work, which focuses on enabling you to understand the way you relate to; people, the world and to yourself.
My approach provides me with the tools to offer my client(s) various ways of exploring their feelings and emotions. I can vary techniques according to their needs. I like to think of this like making a cake – there are many ingredients that can go into a cake but by varying them you get different results!
I have made a serious commitment to working with issues of difference and equality. Therefore, I regularly attend workshops focusing on these issues, along with other regular training courses to inform my practice and enable me to provide a safe and highly professional service.
I have ongoing formal consultative support (Supervision) for my work – in accordance with professional requirements. This is so that I can regularly monitor and review my work to maintain good practice.
I find my work in building counselling relationships with those from all walks of life, and helping to provide a safe space to work through life’s challenges incredibly rewarding.
I have experience working with the following organisations (alongside my private work):
NHS Primary Care Trust
Rape & Sexual Abuse Crisis
Cruse Bereavement Care
Drug & Alcohol Service
Surrey Trauma Support
M.B.A.C.P. Accredited (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy)
SURVIVORS UK Registered (National Database of Male Sexual Abuse Counselling and Support)
Barnardo’s Approved/Registered Adoption Counsellor
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
Certified Rape & Sexual Abuse Counsellor
Certified Relationship Counsellor
Certified & Accredited Bereavement Counsellor
Certified Drug/Alcohol/Gambling Counsellor
Certified Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Male & Female Rape
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Relationships (inc. LGBTQ)
Divorce & Separation
Bereavement/Loss (inc. Child Loss, Miscarriage, Bereaved Children)
Addictions – Drug, Alcohol & Gambling
Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing
P.T.S.D. & Trauma
Adoption (Adoptees, Birth Families and Adopted Families)
Eating Disorders (inc. Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating)
Work Related Problems (Including bullying)
Low Self Esteem
Terminal or Serious Illnesses
Employee Assistance Counselling
Counselling for Student Counsellors
“Thank you so much for your kind help,
When as low as I could is how I felt.
As I was heading for self distruct,
You were there as someone to trust.
As a trust to anchor my branches,
You helped me to find all the answers.
I will always be grateful that you were there,
Thank you so much for being able to care.
There is not enough love all around,
But keep it always safe and sound.
As you’ve helped so many – and more to come,
To enlifhten the lives of us need to be done.
You carry love, knowledge and understanding,
For this I am grateful, it’s overwhelming.
So thank you Amanda in every way,
You’ve helped me more than words can say.”
Thank you so much for all of your very kind support over the many months. Thank you so much for helping me on my journey with my beautiful little *name*.
I truly appreciate every appointment with you and thank you so much.”
Thank you so much for your help.
As a family we are stronger and communicate better. My friends have noticed a difference and are asking me for advice!
They also say I am far more postive – so thanks again.”
Thank you so much for being there for me over the last 3.5 years.
Your conselling has really helped me to grow as an individual and empowered me.
You gave me a voice and as a result, justice was served yesterday.
You will always be a special person in my life. “A Rock”.”
Thank you so much for helping me take control of my life, instead of life controlling me.
I now have a new job, a better relationship with my family and have learned to say no!
I will try to keep your little voice in my head in the future and learn to be kinder to myself. You have been amazing.”
Just a little note to say a million thank yous for your help and guidance. As I came to understand ‘the fear of hell is hell itself’ and the ‘longing for paradise is paradise itself’.
With much appreciation, because counselling changed my life.”
Many books describe counselling as ‘a journey’. I would like to thank you for your help, support, encouragement, warmth and company on my ‘journey’.
I know my journey and development will continue without you but I also feel that in the future, when times are tough, I will stop and think, “What would Amanda say about that”.”