Amanda Macdonald strives to provide a secure, person-centred approach in her work, building a therapeutic relationship with the client, so that each client can experience what it is like to have a safe space, where they have the autonomy to explore their concerns. With a belief that the relationship is at the heart of counselling work, Amanda aims to truly listen, and be with the client during therapy. Amanda uses an Integrative model in her work with clients, this means that she can respond to the needs of each client as an individual, moulding the therapeutic relationship around the client, forging a safe, consistent, non judgemental connection.
Prior to training as a Counsellor, Amanda has worked in a corporate role, and has professional experience supporting individuals in the workplace, through stress-management, conflict-resolution and redundancy. Amanda has spent time living in both Asia and North America and uses her belief in the value of difference and diversity to inform her work. Amanda currently also works in a Primary School as a placement school counsellor, and volunteers with a mental health charity, providing crisis support. With a special interest in neurodiversity and an acceptance of the natural spectrum of neurocognitive functioning, Amanda believes that individuals with neuro divergence should have access to the support to thrive and be harmonious with their diversity.
Amanda is training for a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and is a member of the BACP. She works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service and sees clients for counselling at a GP surgery in Lambeth.