Hi, I’m Amanda
Welcome to the bit on my site that tells you a little about my background, qualifications and approach to counselling…
I began my working life on building sites, at one point becoming a qualified plumber! From here, my career took a diverse and colourful route through the arts, child rearing and education, finally finding my way to counselling and psychotherapy.
My own experience of counselling had been hugely enriching, helping me to come to terms with many aspects of a difficult past and make changes which have in turn wholly enhanced my life and given me a first hand understanding of the potential of therapeutic work.
I see counselling as an eye-opener rather than a magic wand, which can provide clarity and support without judgment, whilst challenging limits in order to progress towards a more rewarding life. I do not claim to have the answers, however I do have a wealth of experience and a wide array of skills at my disposal and therefore at yours too, should you decide to work with me.
My approach is dedicated and creative, and I am a fully MBACP Accredited Integrative Counsellor. I am Humanistic in approach, with influences from Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Person Centered, Art (PC) and Body Therapy. I have a genuine belief in people as individuals who flourish with the right support and the various influences I use give me a large resource base to work from. As well as one-to-one work, I am also trained to work with groups, families and couples.
Alongside general counselling I have particular expertise working with;
• Illness and Disability
• Trainee Counsellors
• EMDR Acred Training(1 to 4) – S Morgan EMDR Europe Acred Trainer
• BACP Diploma in Counselling – Wealden Psychology Institute
• Equinox/CRI Drug & Alcohol training – Brighton
• BodyListening training -Brighton School for Embodied Therapy
• Duo-Counselling -MaDTraining.co.uk
• Cert Person Centered Art Therapy – Central Sussex
• TA 101Certificate – Wealden Psychology Institute
Continuing Professional Development;
Living without violence, Erotic transference, Gender difference, Managing stress, Coping with pressure, Personality adaptations, Working with couples, Contact and intimacy, Genograms and family script, Group work, Mental health and recovery, ASSIT suicide intervention, Sexual health, HIV, Trauma, Disability awareness, Loss and bereavement.
• Level 3 – Understanding special educational needs & disability confidence, dyslexia, cultural ,deaf awareness – City College
• British Sign Language Stage 1- City College
• PGCE – City College Brighton & Hove
• 10 Step Play Childcare – Hove County Council
• BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) – Norwich School of Art & Design