What is counselling?
Counselling involves talking at an agreed time and place, or via Skype, usually once a week though it may be more or less often depending on your needs. Sessions last for 50 minutes and you decide what issues you’d like to talk about.
Amber will not repeat to anyone else anything that you say during the sessions. However, there may be some specific situations where she would have to talk to someone else, and you can talk about the rules of confidentiality during an initial half hour session.
Your first session
Amber offers an initial half hour session. This would usually be in person, but can be via Skype. This will provide the opportunity to meet, to ask any questions and for you to be asked some questions; including what you would like to get from counselling.
Towards the end of the first session you can decide if you do not want counselling or if you would like to go ahead and book another session. Further sessions would last for 50 minutes.
Amber charges £15.00 for an initial half hour and £50 for 50 minute sessions thereafter.
Amber initially graduated with an HND in Person centered counselling in 2005 and is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She adheres to their ethical framework and attends regular clinical supervision and ongoing professional development. She has an enhanced DBS check.
Since graduating Amber has worked in voluntarily and paid roles; counselling adults affected by sight loss, HIV and for a short term counselling service for women on low incomes. She has counselled secondary school aged children (11-19), family groups and worked for 4 years within a trauma informed service for adult male survivors of sexual abuse.
Amber is experienced in supporting clients to manage anxiety and trauma symptoms. She can recommend client sessions be at a regular time and place; to create a sense of safety and stabilisation.
As well as close empathic listening, Amber works using psycho. educational resources to reassure and help clients better understand how anxiety can affect the brain and everyday functioning. She supports clients to learn techniques to calm and regulate themselves, to enable them to free up the higher functions of the brain; allowing capacity for insight, planning and problem solving. When clients feel more stable they can begin to build up resources and resilience.
Clients do not exist in isolation, so Amber may provide information or recommend other services outside the realm of counselling; if that would be supportive and appropriate.
As well as her counselling practice, Amber has 12 years ongoing work experience with families; including mediation work with couples, parents and teens and working with families with complex support needs; including pre and post Autism diagnosis. She offers positive parenting guidance appropriate for ‘typical’, ASC and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) children and young people. She co-facilitates 2 social skills groups for 8-12 year olds and 13-19 year olds with ASC/Asperger’s.
Amber is a parent of an adult son with a diagnosis of Asperger’s and has a personal interest of how ASC presents differently in women and girls. She has relevant personal and professional experience of the strengths and difficulties associated with ASC/Asperger’s and is available to offer counselling sessions to individuals including parents, siblings and family members from 16+.
Amber comes from a strengths based position with regards to ASC/Asperger’s. From observations and experience, she notices client’s difficulties are often in response to systems and environments that provoke anxiety; this can lead to poor mental health. The purpose of the counselling space is to offer an environment that allows for calm personal reflection; this can include learning new skills to manage symptoms that can be practiced outside of the session. She has no agenda to ‘fix’ people or seek to ‘resolve’ autism.
It is important to Amber that therapy evolves at a pace and direction that feels comfortable to the client; allowing time to build rapport and with the opportunity to review value and progress.
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