Amanda Hart – Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist

Amanda Hart - Counsellor & Clinical HypnotherapistMy Qualifications and Credentials:

When seeking a therapist, perhaps for the first time, you want to feel confident that the person you are consulting is suitably qualified to help you. It is important that you check your therapist’s credentials and make sure that he or she is affiliated with a recognised governing body or regulator and is suitably insured.

 

I am:
• A Registered Member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), the largest body in its sector, which sets standards for therapeutic practice in counselling and psychotherapy. My registration number is 084216 and you can find me on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists here.
•  A Full Member (MNCH (Reg.)) of The National Council for Hypnotherapy, which is the UK’s leading not-for-profit hypnotherapy professional association.
• Registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (registration number 001154-L10). The CNHC is the government accredited UK voluntary register for complementary healthcare practitioners, including Hypnotherapists (approved by the Professional Standards Authority).

• I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling specialising in Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Relationship counselling.  The counselling methods that I use are systemic approaches, which means that they are helpful for working with individuals within the contexts of their environments and their relationships, but also in situations where there may be more than one person involved, for example working with couples, dyads, families, groups or teams.  I am a voluntary counsellor for Mind, the mental health charity, in Hertfordshire, where I work with clients coping with a variety of mental health and emotional issues.

•I hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (DHP) and have completed supplementary training in several areas including managing IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), hypnotherapy approaches for weight management, dealing with phobias and eliminating problem habits. I continue to keep my skills up to date with further study and ongoing training; this, as well as my affiliation with the NCH and CNHC means that I am able to remain current on regulatory matters pertaining to the use of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy and to make sure that I am complying with all statutory requirements.

•I am trained to work with those struggling with eating disorders, having trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders.  This is an area of great interest to me and one in which I am continuing my studies.

•I am a Certified Practitioner of Brainworking Recursive Therapy™ (BWRT®) -a safe and dynamic form of therapy that takes advantage of the brain’s ability to change our responses, thus enabling fast and long lasting results for many types of problem.

• I hold a certificate in couple and relationship counselling

• I am a certified NLP Practitioner and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner

• I have received further specialist training in:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Authoritarian and Motivational Weight Loss Hypnosis
  • Anger
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Self Harm
  • Working with Depression
  • Working with Anxiety
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Working with Stuck People
  • Mindfulness for recovery

• Client confidentiality is assured¹

• I follow the BACP Ethical Framework and am bound by both the NCH and the CNHC codes of ethics

• I have comprehensive liability insurance with a reputable professional insurance provider

• Latest DBS certificate (enhanced) date:  8 November 2015

I receive full and regular supervision from both an NCH approved supervisor (hypnotherapy) and a BACP approved supervisor (counselling). The role of my supervisors is to advise me on case treatments, to make sure that I comply fully with regulations, to ensure that I keep up to date with my competencies and that I remain fit to practice. When I discuss your case or treatment with my supervisor it is always with your best interests in mind and is strictly in complete confidence without disclosing your identity.

Client – therapist rapport is also very important and this is one of the reasons that I offer clients a free no-obligation initial consultation, to help them to decide if they want to work with me.

Personal:
I love working as a therapist and counsellor as it enables me to meet remarkable people and to witness their transformations. My clients inspire me; I am constantly uplifted by their capacities to improve their lives, to develop better relationships with themselves and to become happier, more fulfilled and more successful. I first became interested in a career in therapy having experienced for myself how transformational it can be.  Since then I have witnessed many times over the power of therapeutic techniques to change lives.

Before studying hypnotherapy and NLP,  and subsequently counselling,  I worked for several years in international businesses, managing large and multi-cultural teams.  As part of that work I was responsible for motivating and developing staff, as well as problem solving and conflict resolution.  I am still passionate about working to improve ‘human systems’ – how people work together – whether that be within relationships, family groups or organisations.

Although my client work, voluntary work and ongoing studies don’t leave me much free time,  I am a keen gym user and I particularly enjoy spinning classes – I try to get to as many as possible every week!   I enjoy supporting Wasps Rugby team as well as my local town’s rugby team.  I also love to take walks in the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns, where I am very lucky to live. I love music and play the flute, however I am somewhat out of practice at present,  but I fully intend to brush up my skills again in the near future!

¹There are a few ethical and legal limitations to client confidentiality, which I will explain to you in our first session.