Welcome ... And a little about me ...
Hello, my name is Mandy, I would like to begin by offering you a very warm welcome to my website. I would also like to acknowledge the courage it has potentially taken for you to consider the prospect of counselling.
For many the thought, the idea of counselling is daunting. Sharing your inner self with someone unfamiliar. The fear of the unknown can seem immense, your feelings are very valid and very real.
Hopefully as you continue to explore my website, some of your concerns and fears will be alleviated, or slightly lessened.
Please see the contact page of this website for further details about how to contact me, my location and the cost of sessions.
What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly
- Carl Rogers
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
- Carl Rogers
How can counselling promote positive mental health?
It provides an opportunity for people to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behaviour and mood
It can help you identify any patterns which it may be helpful to change
It can help you to understand where your unhelpful feelings and ideas come from and why they are there
It can promote new thinking which can help people make positive changes by thinking or acting differently, thereby gaining greater control of their lives and improving their confidence
Counselling can help with many different issues, perhaps you are worried or anxious about something? You would like to talk, but are unsure of where to start, or how to begin? You may be struggling with low self-esteem, self-doubt, be feeling stressed about money, studies, work or relationships. You may be trying to deal with a loss of any kind, a bereavement, a relationship
breakdown, a loss of identity. Maybe you are feeling lost and isolated in your life, maybe this is where counselling could step in and support.
How I work
I am passionate about the work that I do, I both believe and trust in the counselling process.
My training is Integrative, which means I can draw on various approaches which include Person Centred, Psychodynamic, CBT and Existentialism. My core approach is Person Centred, this is a humanistic approach wherein a counsellor tries to gain an understanding of a client’s individual experience from their point of view. I do not see myself as the ‘expert’ within the room, I would not be aiming to diagnose, advise, suggest or problem solve. I believe that you are the ‘expert’ within your life, that somewhere within you lies your own answer, your key to living the life you desire.
I am a compassionate, supportive counsellor, I offer a safe, empathetic environment within my home, a friendly, informal environment, helping you to feel relaxed.
I am a professionally trained counsellor holding a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I adhere to their code of ethics.
I continue to develop my skills and knowledge in the field of counselling by taking regular training courses, so I can continue to deliver a professional service to all my clients.
I am passionate about people and committed to the service that I offer. I believe in lifelong learning and am continually developing myself as a practitioner.
2018 - CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4
2016 - CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3
2015 - CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
2014 - CPCAB Introduction to Counselling Skills
I completed all four years of counselling training at Farnborough College of Technology, and my Diploma was awarded by the University of Surrey
Additional CPD training and Workshops
2017 - Universal Safeguarding Children
2017 - Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health Awareness
2018 - Young people affected by Intimate Partner abuse
2018 - Resilience Documentary - Q&A Session
2018 - Setting up a Private Practice
2018 - Suicide Prevention Training
2018 - Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
2018 - Understanding Personality Disorder
2019 - Understanding Anxiety and Depression
2019 - Understanding Addictions
2019 - Confidence and Self Esteem
2019 - Managing Intense Emotions
Using Creative Arts Online - Experiential WORKSHOP with Ani de la Prida – 22 4 2020 AND 29 4 2020
A 2 Day Introduction to Working Online with Children & Young People 26 MAY 2020 AND 9 JUNE 2020
Working with Transgender Clients - Transactional Analysis WORKSHOP – 23 4 2020
Relational depth in counselling and psychotherapy 23 may 2020
Working with grief and loss 12 may 2020
Qualifications, Training & Experience
Contact, Cost & Location
I offer a reduced fee initial session, so that we can meet, and you can see if you feel that we can work together, it is important that you find a counsellor who you will be comfortable working with. The initial session provides you both space and time to ask any questions you may have, to see the counselling space that I offer, to consider whether you wish to commit further to the counselling process.
Initial 30 min session: £25
Following 50 min sessions: £45
I work for either an agreed period of time, or on an open-ended and usually weekly basis at a time that is mutually convenient.
The map below shows my home practice. There is a large communal, free parking area adjacent to the practice.
The address is:
25 Thyme Court
Feel free to either ring, email or message me
“The sessions have allowed me to be honest with myself and let out my true feelings that I have held in for so long”
“Helped me decide what I need, to think about myself and not just others”
“You helped me build my foundations - gave me the strength to build myself upwards and project manage myself”
“I felt supported each step by my counsellor”
"You offered your ear, gentle questions and a safe place, physically and emotionally, to start my exploration