Amanda Budden

Amanda Budden

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Highbridge

Highbridge TA9
Sessions from £55.00


About me and my therapy practice

I work with 4-18 years olds using Play/Creative Therapy, Gaming Therapy, Brainspotting, Child, Parent Relationship and Talking Therapies. Treatments are adapted to suit each child/young person and their family, within a framework of non-judgement, respect and empathy.

Gaming Therapy can mean that even children who've been previously resistant to therapy have been been able to connect and engage successfully. Roblox, Minecraft and Fortnite can all be incorporate into the therapy process.

Brainspotting can be particularly helpful for birth and early years trauma, as the child doesn't need to be able to verbalise their experiences to heal. Similar to EMDR (which is used by the NHS), Brainspotting is a gentler, less intense therapy and is more suitable for children.

Challenging Behaviours can be particularly worrying for both parents and educators. My training includes the latest neuroscience approaches to challenging behavoirs. I work with schools and parents to help prevent exclusions - including difficulties surrounding autism (including Pathological Deman Avoidance). 

Parent Coaching can help with anything from managing meltdowns to understanding difficult teens - using gentle, connected parenting strategies. 

My background includes a special interest in Attachment Parenting and the effect of early years experiences on long-term mental health, together with many years of being involved with working with children and young people in a variety of settings. I'm also an avid gamer :)

I am insured and hold a current DBS check.

Initial phone assessments are free of charge.

My first session

Normally, the first session is with the parents and child together and we do a little lighthearted play and/or gaming and the child gets the chance to explore the play room, while I talk to the parents.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Loss, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Trauma

Types of therapy

Behavioural, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Emotionally focused therapy, Existential, Family therapy, Gestalt, Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Children, Families, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work