Amadea Counselling Service
West Malling, Kent
Please note: At present I am fully booked.
It may be that you are depressed; bereaved; are experiencing difficulties at work; suffering from anxiety based issues or you may simply have an important decision to make etc. Attending counselling doesn't mean you are a "nut case" nor that you are "mental," merely that there is something going on for which you would benefit from some space and time in which to process what is happening.
Trained as an integrative counsellor, I am qualified with an M.A. Counselling; a level 4 qualification in counselling children and am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I decided to set up Amadea Counselling in the early part of 2017 after a number of years as senior counsellor at a local charity. I work one-to-one with people in the way that suits them most beneficially. My only aim is to build a therapeutic relationship so that you have that safe space to explore what is happening in your life. As well as counselling adults using a combination of Psychodynamic, CBT, Systemic and Person Centred skills, I have specialisms in working with children; individuals with special educational needs or those on the autistic spectrum; and in working with creative media.
I work under the umbrella of the BACP which means that you can expect confidentiality and a full professional service. I have a full DBS (disclosure and barring service certificate) which I am happy to show you during your assessment session, along with evidence of my qualifications if you feel that this would enable you to feel more secure in the therapy you are to receive. As well as counselling adults using a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), systemic and person centred skills, I have a specialism in working with children, individuals with special educational needs or those on the autistic spectrum; and in working with creative media.
In order to give people an opportunity of relative anonymity, I am based in the Regus offices on the Kings Hill business estate. Clients can come for sessions, without the need to 'sign in' at reception first. Therefore, with a huge variety of businesses within the offices, clients are able to attend without the worry about what other people may think about their need for therapy.
Issues which we can work on during sessions include:
Abuse, addictions, anger management, anxiety, autistic spectrum behaviours, body image issues, bereavement and grief, chronic pain or illness, childhood related issues, depression, disabilities and their affects, domestic violence, eating disorders, low confidence/ self esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship issues, self-harm, stress, trauma. ( by no means is this an exclusive list!)
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Amadea Counselling Service
What do you love most about your job?
I love my job because I feel it is so rewarding. It is so humbling that my clients trust me with their innermost thoughts and feelings, I feel very honoured that I am allowed to walk alongside them for part of their journey.
I have people come to me who sit in reception hunched over, barely able to give eye contact because their circumstances leave them feeling so low. After a period of time (for some 12 sessions, for others a couple of years or any number of sessions in between) during which we will have collaboratively worked through issues, no matter how difficult; I then witness those same clients who are able to give eye contact, holding themselves up straight and smile. Clients feel so much better about themselves once they have had the space to express exactly how they feel without fear of offending someone, or of someone correcting them . Counselling provides the opportunity for clients to explore and at least begin to understand their emotions and reactions to their situation even if between us we are not actually able to change the circumstances themselves.
What inspired you to start your own business?
In honesty, I began Amadea Counselling because I knew that I had so much I could give to help those who are vulnerable. I had been searching for paid counselling work for a long time but, the majority of charity work is volunteering and much as I loved counselling for the charity I worked at, volunteering does not enable me to pay the bills. I found the idea of setting up on my own a really daunting prospect at first however, I have not looked back and am working with many more people than I was able to volunteering 2 days per week at the charity.
Why should our clients choose you?
Amadea provides you with a safe-space where you can be yourself without fear of judgement. No emotion is a wrong emotion when in this counselling environment, no matter what your circumstance; neither is anything you say incorrect, inappropriate etc. It doesn't matter who you are, or what your background is, you will be accepted and welcome at Amadea for as long as it takes for you to feel that you are in a better place.
I am an integrative counsellor using any one or a combination of Psychodynamic, CBT, Systemic and Person Centred skills, dependent upon the needs of each individual client. I have specialisms in working with children; individuals with special educational needs or those on the autistic spectrum; and in working with creative media.
Walk Tall Counselling Services
From June 2013 to July 2017.
Volunteering 1 day per week, I was a counsellor within the charity Walk Tall who work to build self-esteem within children and young adults, in a variety of ways within which counselling is a part. The charity is funded by Children in Need and therefore, I counselled a large number of people under the age of 24 years, predominantly teenagers and young adults. However, the counselling department was open to all and so I did have adult clients as well. I was responsible for dealing with the referrals coming into the charity and for assessing new clients, where having met with them I wrote a report based upon their needs and assigned a suitable counsellor to work with them. Working with children means that I have to be able to constantly allay the concerns of their parents, whilst keeping what I have been told by the child confidential.
From September 2013 to July 2014.
I worked 1 day per week as a volunteer counsellor with Place2Be, whilst I accrued hours for my qualification. Working with 3 and subsequently 4 children who were each requiring long term counselling, I worked in a person-centred manner combined with play therapy. Working with the children using the toys and activities within the room enabled them to explore their feelings and situations in a gentle, non-directive way. Unfortunately, one of the children I worked with was being physically abused in her home which meant I regularly faced child protection issues and needed to follow the protocol, raising multiple child protection forms during the year, whilst liaising with my supervisor, the head teacher and the child protection officer within the school.
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