Amanda Hall CPsychol; AFBPsS

I have amassed over twenty-five years of experience in the Mental Health and Psychiatric field at a Clinical, Management and Executive Director level, both in the private health care sector and the NHS – working with people with a wide range of problems and diagnosed ‘disorders’.

Currently, I specialise in neurodiversity and the impact this has upon the individual in a neurotypically defined world and have conducted a number of assessments for diagnostic purposes.

I have a classical education in Analytical and Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy and have built upon these over the years combining them with other evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Systemic Therapy; all of which are underscored by the humanistic tradition – which means that the person is always in the centre.

 

I am also trained, and have experience in delivering, executive and life coaching – which enables me to take a creative and pragmatic, time focused approach when required.

 

The integration of a broad range of therapies and approaches allows me to create bespoke packages of care where, for example, we might look at dream imagery during one session and then emotional regulation or distress tolerance in another.

All my programmes of care are individualised, and I can adapt the approach taken in accordance with client’s goals and needs.

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Qualifications and Work Experience:

I am a registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council (Registration no PYL15166) and I am Chartered with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) (Registration no 036945).

 

I am also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).

 

As an Applied Psychologist in the NHS, I worked in various settings in mental health and learning disabilities and eventually became Head of Psychology in Swansea NHS Trust and then Lead for Psychological Therapies in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) NHS Health Board.

 

At the peak of my career (before taking early retirement from the NHS in 2017 with Mental Health Officer status) I was the interim Executive Director of Therapies and Health Science in a large Welsh NHS Health Board for 20 months. During this time, I trained in health service management and coaching and attained a green belt in Lean and Six Sigma (transformational approaches to healthcare management).

 

Along the way I worked in national (Wales) working parties establishing policy and developing strategies which culminated in my writing the first draft of Matrics Cymru (national policy for the delivery of evidence based psychological therapies).

 

I have undertaken a number of national UK roles for the British Psychological Society (BPS) (Lead Coordinator of Training, Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology Wales and BPS lead in the New Savoy Partnership). I have also published a number of articles pertaining to Counselling Psychology and a chapter on Eating Disorders in a book (2013) entitled: Common Presenting Issues in Psychotherapeutic Practice.

 

Latterly, I worked in two private hospitals and branched out creatively at festivals and elsewhere to run several types of workshops – including The Psychology of Ritual, Decluttering and ‘Living Consciously’ in Rhodes.

 

Throughout my career I have always overseen trainees of the BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology and have seen 20+ candidates through the process of doctoral level training.

 

I am an Assessor on the BPS Qualification Board, a National Assessor for the BPS and am currently the Registrar on the Qualification in Counselling Psychology and am a member of the BPS Board of Assessors. I also taught for many years on the Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology at Swansea University.

Formal Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Plymouth)

  • Doctoral Level Diploma in Counselling Psychology (British Psychological Society)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (Analytical) (Exeter University)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (Psychoanalytical) (Exeter University)

  • Cert CBT (Centre for Stress Management)

  • EMDR Level 3 (EMDR Institute UK)

  • DBT (DBT UK)

  • Postgraduate Diploma Family Therapy (Institute of Family Therapy)

  • Executive Coaching Diploma Level 7

  • Associate Fellow BPS

Specialist Interests and Assessment Experience:

  • Neurodiversity in adults

  • Eating Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Complex Presentations

  • Intractable/Treatment-Resistant Conditions