Harley St Psychotherapy in Kings Lynn and Hunstanton, West Norfolk
Harley St Psychotherapy Norfolk is a team of highly qualified and experienced Counsellors and Psychotherapists working from lovely offices in the centre of Kings Lynn and on the beautiful coastal resort of Hunstanton.
We offer 1-1 Psychotherapy and Counselling Sessions, Family Therapy, Couples Counselling, EFT (Emotion Focused Therapies), Therapeutic Play Counselling for children aged 4-11 and Young Person's Counselling for 16-24. We also provide Parenting Guidance.
Please make contact initially to discuss which kind of therapy will suit you best and you will be assigned a session with an appropriate Counsellor.
Your first session will establish your needs and match you to the most suitable Counsellor for you. It is so important to find someone you feel completely at ease with so that therapy can work at it's best. An initial appointment will be made where we can discuss your issues and take things forward.
Founder and Director: Amanda Jayne
I worked for Mind as the Lead High Intensity Counsellor at West Norfolk Mind. I hold a Masters in Counselling and I am a member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I am also a member of East Anglian Counselling Alliance, a group of Counsellors who cover the Norfolk and Suffolk area. (www.eastangliacounsellingalliance.com). I work to BACP's ethical framework and code of practice for counsellors and psychotherapists. I work alongside companies in London working with Nurses, Kings Lynn Borough Council, local High Schools and businesses as well as taking referrals from doctors surgeries.
I write a mental health/agony column for Let's Talk magazine.
I am also a qualified Focus Oriented Psychotherapist, and Focusing Trainer.
I hold an enhanced CRB. I regularly undertake training to keep up to date with developments within psychotherapy.
After going through several difficult issues of my own I finally sought the help of a Therapist. It was a life changing experience for me, and one which has enabled me to lead a happier and more fulfilled life. I was very nervous about seeking counselling and lucky to find an excellent Counsellor with whom I felt comfortable. I do therefore understand how important it is to find a Therapist with whom you feel completely at ease, so feel free to call me for an informal chat.
I work with adults on a variety of difficult issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, couples counselling, divorce and separation, abuse, low self-esteem, stress, bereavement, self-harm, loneliness, suicidal feelings, separation anxiety, eating disorders, ocd, anger management, addiction, work issues, lack of motivation etc. amongst others.
I work with other companies providing Counselling for employees.
I hold counselling sessions at my comfortable, quiet consulting room at St Ann's House, St Ann's Street, right in the centre of Kings Lynn around the corner from Tuesday Market Place; and in the centre of Hunstanton on the coast. The sessions will be for a duration of 50 minutes.
I also offer Skype Counselling which is becoming more and more popular. Perhaps you travel often or cannot get into Kings Lynn, or maybe it is difficult for you to fit the travel time into your busy week. Skype sessions are as effective as face to face counselling and quick and easy to set up. Contact me for details and we can try a first session to see if you are comfortable with it before we plan more sessions.
Our time together will be spent exploring the issues that you bring in a safe and supporting environment. Together we will work on the issues which are affecting your life to find a way for you to deal with what is going on for you, and help you to resolve them so that you can feel happier and more at ease. I understand that it can be very difficult to talk about certain issues and I will try to help you feel as comfortable with this as is possible.
Like many of us I have had to deal with some difficulties in my life. After many years searching for a fulfilling career in the helping profession, I trained as a Psychotherapist and I love the job that I do, particularly as I have been on the receiving end of therapy and I know that it can be life changing.
Lots of us just need someone neutral to talk to who will not judge us and who will have great empathy for what we are going through. Lots of us need help to come to terms with what we have been through in life and help us find a way to lead a happier and more fulfilled life. Perhaps you have a particular issue or perhaps you are not quite sure yet what is making life difficult for you.
If you have any concerns that you would like me to answer with regards to counselling/psychotherapy I would be happy to answer them for you if I can. What I always suggest is that we have a first session to see how we get on. If you feel that the session went well and you are comfortable with your therapist we can arrange further sessions. If, for any reason, you don't feel that it's quite right for you, then we will help you find another more suitable Counsellor, or perhaps another avenue you might explore. It's so important for you to feel totally at ease so that we can work together on the issues.
Please feel free to call me or email me and I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting you too. I am very happy to have a chat on the phone and answer any questions you may have before we make the appointment. We can then arrange a first session, at the end of which you and I can decide if we will carry on together or if you need to see one of my team. I look forward to meeting you.
(If you would like to see testimonials, these can be found under the tab 'Articles and Testimonials'.
I also offer focusing and focusing training, please see separate tab for details.
Play Therapy helps 4-12 year olds to make sense and explore feelings and events that they find troubling. In a medium that comes naturally to them they are able to express themselves within the safety of a therapeutic relationship.
Some children will benefit from short term intervention (for example up to 12 sessions) However, when problems have persisted for a long time or are complicated a longer-term intervention may be required.
I will begin by carefully listening to your concerns about your child and family. I will be available for you to share any worries you have and to support you in parenting your child so we can work towards a positive outcome.
I qualified as a counsellor in 2003 having studied a Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling at Huntingdon College. The following year I continued my training at the Wimbledon Guild London, studying Human Attachment and Counselling. I continued my professional development with PTUK (Play Therapy UK) where I studied Therapeutic Play Skills in 2005. In 2010 I qualified as a Solihull Parenting Facilitator. In 2013/2014 I studied Child Psychology, in 2015 Behavioural Disorders in Children and Adolescents and in 2017 Diploma in Mindfulness. As a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) I engage in Continued Professional Development and am currently studying Mindfulness for children, Youth Wellbeing and Creative Mindfulness and an E.F.T (Emotional Freedom Technique) Diploma.
My first placement was with a counselling agency working with 14-25 year olds whilst also counselling at a High School in Huntingdon. I have worked in children’s centres using working with preschool children and counselling parents and supporting them with positive parenting. I have supported young homeless people whilst working for the Salvation Army and worked with child protection. I have also worked in probation for an alcohol agency. I am currently working at a school in Norfolk, where for the last 8 years I have been using therapeutic play with 4-11 year olds and counselling parents and staff. I hold an enhanced CRB.
I believe that therapeutic play allows children to explore their feelings in a medium that comes naturally to them. When a child and their emotions are held in a safe therapeutic relationship they are able to work through their concerns and confusion at their own pace and understanding with a positive outcome.
Child’s Play: How Play Therapy Works By Tomás Casado-Frankel, LMFT
I am frequently confronted with parent’s concerns regarding the effectiveness of play therapy as a form of treatment. They say, “But it’s just play!” Play therapy is not just play. The treatment might be fun for the young patient—yes—but there is a lot that’s being expressed and understood. Play therapy is meaning-full!
Young children communicate through play. Pretend play allows children to assume the control they so rarely experience living in a world run by adults. They are free to express their emotional experience—what it feels like to be them. With access to this internal realm, I, as a play therapist, can help the child discover alternative ways of coping with their worries.
Play Reveals the Child’s Internal Emotional World
Consider a 6 year old boy who has repeatedly witnessed domestic violence and is acting out aggressively at school—he’s been labeled a bully. He walks into a session with an entourage of miniature cars--a bag full of treasure—and in the bat of an eye, turns the room into a battlefield with a dollhouse under siege.
Play and reality are not that different.
At first glance, this boy may appear to be an aggressive child acting out anger in his play, but to the therapist he is revealing a world of pain. The child brings his fearful and vulnerable self into the session by assigning me the role of victim. In this role, I must repeatedly attempt to defend my family from bad guys in an unpredictable dollhouse home—I feel what it feels like to be him in his home, one in which he is repeatedly under siege.
“Get ready the bad guys are coming closer!” he whispers right before beginning an attack. A toy police car I dispatch is unable to stop them. Then I’m informed that even the good guys in the house have turned bad. My friends in the dollhouse are no longer to be trusted, and I’m forced to put up with an onslaught through every door and window. I get the feeling that no matter how much I fight, I’m stuck. There is not much I can do.
I experience the helplessness he has to tolerate everyday. The anger in his play, like that expressed at school, is likely his reaction to underlying feelings of pain and fear. Feelings too overwhelming for him to put into words--in play he is able to express that for which he cannot find language.
Or think of an eight-year-old girl whose anxiety is so intense it practically renders her mute. Her symptoms have taken hold of her body too. She has a hard time moving her bowels and difficulty swallowing.
Attempts to use words during our first session are futile, but as soon as she pulls out the dollhouse, she gives the characters a voice. Toy parents are straddled over a small airplane and suddenly disappear to a hidden corner of the room. The children in the dollhouse are all alone.
The family history reveals the mother had frightening medical complications after the last sibling’s birth, and the father had an unnerving immigration experience. This child has been terrified of losing them. Her play puts feelings into visible action.
Play Therapy Offers Alternatives
For the boy in the first vignette, being aggressive at school might feel like the only way my young patient feels he can avoid being a victim. But disconnected from his vulnerable feelings of victimhood, he will not have the opportunity to address the pain of his home life. The therapist understands this and works to bring those parts together in the play.
I pull out my loyal toy-musketeer, and right in the midst of the most gruesome of the child’s bad-guy attacks, my swordsman yells out: “No bad guys allowed! Get outta here bad guys!!!” And something happens. I’m speaking for the part of him that longs for calm and security. Though the characters are seemingly angry, they are expressing a wish to protect themselves--we’ve found a safe enough way to address my patient's vulnerability.
The child says- “I really really like it when you say that! I don’t know why, but I reeeaally like it!! Say it again!” So I do. Or I should say the musketeer does, “No bad guys allowed!!!”
On the other hand, the girl patient has me searching for my missing parents. As the little girl, I ask, “When are they coming back?!” Her figure says, “I don’t know!” I exclaim, “But I’m worried! I want my parents back now!” The therapist finds words for the hidden feeling.
Play Therapy is Deeply Reparative
The message for the little girl is this: it’s OK to address unspeakable fears. Adults can be here to help you process and understand them.
She has started skipping down the hall before and after sessions. Body ailments have started to dissipate too. It’s not so hard to relax in the bathroom when the world is not as scary, and one feels understood.
The message for the boy however is this: one need not attack to be safe—he can defend himself with words. He can assert authority without overt aggression. Fighting in school might not always be necessary in order to feel less vulnerable. There might be a way to protect oneself without attacking first.
Play therapy helps children work through difficult emotions. It helps them feel heard and seen, and for children such as I’ve described, it often manifests in improved behavior at school or a reduction of overwhelming anxiety. Working through the threads of the underlying feelings in play therapy can be deeply reparative.
The Neuroscience Case for Play Therapy
Play therapy builds new neural pathways by releasing chemicals in the brain. When a child is helped with their feelings, huge numbers of brain cells in their “upstairs” (rational) brain start to form pathways which connect to the “downstairs” (reptilian) brain. When a child or adult is helped to think about their feelings anti-anxiety chemicals are also released in the brain so that trauma is modified.
Play therapy acts as a “brain sculptor” quieting the amygdala. The use of reflections with repetitive calming messages releases GABA. (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, which is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, meaning that it sends a signal to other cells that subdues them. This chemical messenger is known to aid in relaxation and sleep and regulate anxiety). Brain research shows that parents and significant others/child professionals dramatically affect the long term chemical balance and actual anatomical structures in the child and adolescent brain for better or worse. In fact adult-child interactions can optimally support genetic expression of foundational brain systems for kindness and calm or in contrast, render threat and alarm systems in the brain, hypersensitive.
Each positive human interaction is an important neurobiological event. If there is relational poverty, attention, understanding, concentration, empathy and creativity will suffer, there will be smaller brains and less sophisticated neural networks (Bruce Perry). Some children who don’t get positive human interactions have the brains of 5 year olds when they are 10.
Research show that social play can increase the activation of a vital brain “fertilizer” called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), which helps to programme the higher brain regions involved in regulating emotional behaviours (ie It helps a child to manage their feeling better). There was higher gene expression in the frontal lobes after play, the dorsolateral frontal cortex had significantly elevated BDNF expression as a result of play. Gordon, NS. Burke, S. Akil, H. Watson, SJ Panksepp. (2003)
A contribution to the Ritalin debate: Play stimulates the production of opioids and dopamine. Research shows that when Ritalin was given to pre-pubescent mammals they showed life-long reductions in brain dopamine activity. This is because Ritalin causes too much strain on the developing dopamine system. We only have a limited number of dopamine cells (Moll et al 2001). Ritalin may be a “quick fix” but the longer term effects are uncertain.
If a child is not helped he/she may grow up internalising problems leading to a lack of activity in the prefrontal cortex which in extreme cases is a characteristic of violence. (Adrian Raine).
Extracts from PTUK “Play for Life Journal 2007”
Divorce and Therapeutic Play
Even in an amicable separation, children feel the effects of divorce. Conscious or unconsciously they experience the stress of their parents, as well as their own anxiety and fears. Children often exhibit uncharacteristic behavior as a result of their struggle with their internal emotional experience.
Therapeutic Play provides a place to explore these emotions and process stressful and overwhelming feelings. This is done without having to find the words to articulate how they feel. Which depending on the age of the child may just not be in their vocabulary. Instead it is explored and shared through toys and play that symbolise their feelings. Through this process I will support your child in adapting to his/her new family structure.
Active Listening Skills Workshop
ACTIVE LISTENING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS WORKSHOP
Course Fee: £85 per person (negotiable depending on number of participants)
(Minimum number of participants: 6: Maximum number of participants: 14)
Are you a Manager or Supervisor who wants to get the best from your staff?
Do you have members of staff who would benefit from enhancing their
Would you like to learn more about active listening and counselling skills?
Do you often find yourself listening to people who are in difficult situations and want to improve your ability to help them?
Do you work in a caring profession and want to improve your communication skills?
Would your workplace benefit from improved personal or professional relationships?
Would enhanced communication skills help with your career progression?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, this is the course for you!
This course will revolutionise your practical listening skills, teach you active listening, help to improve your relationships and communication skills, as well as providing an opportunity for personal development. This course will enhance communication, build morale and confidence,helping to create a strong, motivated, and productive team.
You will learn:
● to listen and respond appropriately to the experiences of others, and reflect on the
way you communicate;
● non–verbal communication, summarising, active listening and responding;
● to listen and respond in a variety of situations;
● to recognise and use the skills of active listening;
● to have confidence in your ability to deal with difficult situations;
● to identify personal values, prejudices and influences;
● to identify key aspects of personal growth;
● to relate actively in the group;
● to give and receive constructive feedback
● to communicate effectively with colleagues at all levels within the organisation.
Teaching and Learning Methods
● Tutor Presentation;
● Guided experiential work in small groups;
● Active Listening exercises;
● Learning from listening to others experiences;
● Peer and Tutor feedback.
This course can be tailored to meet with your specific requirements. Do contact us to discuss your preferences or particular needs.
A Certificate will be issued upon completion of the workshop.
For more information please contact:
Tel: Amanda Goss: 07760669246
Email: [email protected]
RATES AND CONTACT DETAILS
PLEASE NOTE: For all appointments a payment in advance is required to reserve your slot. If you agree to continue with therapy after your first appointment the payment for the next session in due in advance to allow us to reserve your slot for the following week.
If you cancel a session with less than 48 hours notice, the full fee will be charged, however it is worth checking to see if there are alternative slots that week. Some evening/weekend slots will incur a higher charge, please check upon enquiry.
Some concessions are available in certain circumstances.
One to One Counselling, face to face: £60. Sessions are 50 minutes.
SKYPE One to One Counselling Sessions, Corporate or Specialist: £70 per 50 minute session.
Couples Counselling: £80-£90. Sessions are 50-70 minutes.
Families Counselling: £80-£90. Sessions are 50 - 70 minutes.
Focussing/Focussing Training: £60 per 50 minute session.
Therapeutic Play Counselling: £60 per 50 minute session.
Parenting Guidance: £60 per 50 minute session.
Student/First Year Improver Counselling Sessions: Reduced rate: £35.00 - £40.00
Supervision: £60 per 60 minute session.
PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED:
Credit Card: Visa; American Express; MasterCard; ApplePay.
Harley St Psychotherapy fully supports up and coming Psychotherapists.
We currently have First Year Improvers and Student Counsellors. First Year Improvers are fully qualified and, having completely their required 100 hours of clinical work to qualify with us at Harley St Psychotherapy, they are now in their first year of practice as a Counsellor.
Student Counsellors in their third year of counselling training, which means they have done all the theory and passed all the tests and now have to undertake 100 hours clinical practice to finalise the qualification. They have all been working in Support roles prior to starting their formal counselling training, therefore have lots of experience already of working in a helping profession.
Student Counsellors and First Year Improver Counsellors are fully supervised and supported by fully trained, qualified and experienced Counsellors. If you are happy to see a Student Counsellor or a First Year Improver, you will have an assessment session to see which would be most suited to your issue. Sessions with these two categories are at a concessionary rate of £35-£40. Please contact us to discuss.