- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Behavioural Couples Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Registered Adoption Counsellor..
I have over 25 years experience working in Private Practice and for various organisations.
My work is GDPR compliant and I follow the guidance from NHS and Government in respect of risk assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I offer a highly professional, sensitive and confidential face to face, online or telephone Counselling Service for patients aged 18 and upwards.
It is important that you feel comfortable with me, otherwise you will not gain the most from your sessions. Therefore, when we first meet you will be able to ask me any questions you may have and I can assess how to best help you.
If we are meeting face to face, I will ask you to arrive at the allocated time and, if early, to wait in your car. This is so that I can maintain your confidentiality and that of others that I may be seeing before you.
We will meet in a private room on the side of my house, which I hope you will find a safe space for you to explore what is happening in your life.
If we are talking over the telephone or online, I recommend that you arrange a time and place where you can talk freely without being disturbed.
At the end of the Consultation, I will ask you if you would like to have some Counselling. You will be under no obligation to book further sessions but, if you would like to do so, these will be for one hour and booked on a weekly/fortnightly basis (I can be flexible for those who work shifts).
You are in charge of how many sessions you have and we will regularly assess your progress together, in order to ensure you are receiving the very best of help.
Within our counselling relationship, I will see you as a unique individual and I will endeavour not to form an opinion as to what kind of person you are or judge you in any way. My interest is in helping you understand yourself and explore how your life can be satisfying, by taking responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
If you change anything at all about yourself it will be because you want to, not because I think you ought to.
We will spend most of our time together talking, but it won't be like the conversations you are used to. You will be in charge of the 'agenda', and I will do my best to understand what you want to achieve and help you to do so.
You may find that there are times when you don't really know what to say or you might want to think about something before you say the words. You might even feel like saying nothing for a while which is fine by me. I will be happy to wait until you want to talk.
I will try to understand how you are experiencing your world and what is happening to you. Consequently, I will often reflect back what I have understood you to be saying and how you might be feeling. You will then have an opportunity to check on how well I understood you.
I have made a serious commitment to working with issues of difference and equality. Therefore, I regularly attend workshops focussing on these issues, along with other regular training courses to inform my practice and enable me to provide a safe and highly professional service.
As do all counsellors, 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. During these meetings I will only be discussing what my thoughts were in our sessions, therefore maintaining client confidentiality.
COUNSELLING HELPS LOTS OF PEOPLE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES. I WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT YOU BUT, YOU ARE THE ONE THAT WILL DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT YOU MAKE ANY CHANGES.
Areas of interest
Abuse (Male & Female Rape & Childhood
Addictions - Drug, Alcohol & Gambling;
Adoption (Adoptees, Birth Families and Adopted Families);
Bereavement/loss (inc. Child Loss, Miscarriage);
Critical Incident Debriefing/Defusing;
Employee Assistance Counselling (Private Health Insurance);
Relationships (inc. Gay/Lesbian relationships);
Terminal or Serious Illnesses;
Work Related Problems (Including bullying);
- Amanda Asserati Counsellor
- British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Survivors UK
- Counselling Directory
Childhood sexual abuse and adult rape
Depression & Anxiety
BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
Registered Adoption Counsellor via Barnardos
Certified Male Rape and Sexual Abuse
Certified Rape and Sexual Abuse
Certified by Cruse Bereavement Care
Many other certificates for training taken on the numerous issues I work with as a Counsellor.
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision CPCAB 2008
- Certificate in Male Rape & Sexual Abuse Issues Survivors UK 2001
- Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory CSCT 1998
- Certificate in Rape & Sexual Abuse Issues BRASACC 2000
- Barnardo's Adoption Service Certificate Link (Barnardo's) 2015
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling NCFE 2001
- Certificate in Bereavement Counselling 1 & 2 CRUSE Bereavement Care 1999
- Bereavement CRUSE 1998
- Couple & Relationship Counselling Relate 2001
- Addictions (Alcohol, Drugs and Gambling) NHS & 'Options' 2004
- Critical Incident & Trauma Surrey Trauma Support Service 2001
- Mental Health (ongoing from 2007) NHS 2007
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Senior Accredited BACP 2004
Details of entry to specialist register
- Barnardo's Register of Adoption Counsellors , 2015
- Survivors UK , 2001
- British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy , 2004
Affiliations / memberships
BACP - British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
CIPCA - Counsellors in Primary Care Association
Barnardo's Adoption Service
AIP - Association for Independent Practitioners
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Other ways of contacting me
I can be contacted directly using Skype. My Skype ID is: amandaasserati
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Counselling session - (>50)
Psychotherapy session - (5-50)