Amanda Cust

Counsellor and Psychotherapist, PGDip (Psych), MBACP

Amanda is a BACP counsellor with a postgraduate diploma in psychotherapy.
She runs a clinic for Anchor in Reading on Fridays.
Amanda Cust

Therapeutic approach

Amanda is experienced in working with adults and young people from the age of 16 upwards, and offers both short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy. Her integrative counselling practice is based on respect for the individual. She offers a balanced and flexible approach, with acceptance and empathy alongside a constructive and realistic understanding of life’s difficulties

She recognises that many of us press on with our daily lives while carrying unseen burdens which can damage or restrict us, and that counselling offers the confidential and creative space in which to explore those troubling thoughts and feelings. The focus may be a current problem, or an awareness of trauma, lack or wound from the past. Her collaborative style enables her clients to both deepen their understanding and acceptance of themselves and to access their own resources to facilitate growth and change.

I understand that seeking counselling may be a daunting experience, but believe that exploring aspects of yourself which lie under the surface of your everyday life – why you think, feel and behave as you do, what has shaped you, what you need to feel content, fulfilled or motivated – and discovering your resources and choices, can abundantly reward your effort.

Areas of expertise

As a former nurse, Amanda has had the privilege of accompanying many people through profoundly difficult experiences. She has a particular interest in health-related matters, disability and the challenges which being a carer may present. She is able to give support and understanding with a wide range of issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family and relationship difficulties
  • Anger

  • Low self-esteem
  • Grief and mourning
  • Identity
  • Loneliness and isolation

Qualifications and experience

Amanda has a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Psychodynamic Theory and Counselling Skills. She has worked with adults in voluntary agencies offering both short and long-term therapy, and currently works as a counsellor with young people at a GP surgery.

As a nurse she supported patients and their families in a hospice and in domiciliary care. This experience informs her sensitive understanding of the often complicated situations which prompt us to seek counselling. She has worked in schools both as a counsellor and a matron, in private healthcare and for a national charity. She has conducted a research dissertation on the subject of growth following profound loss.

Locations

Amanda works as a psychotherapist and counsellor at the following Anchor clinic: