Audrey Potts

Humanistic Integrative CounsellorAudrey Potts

I have worked with children and have set up a support group throughout west Cumbria for child carers. I have also worked in the voluntary sector as a mediator for young people who are at risk of becoming homeless. I currently work voluntarily for a Domestic Abuse Support charity, also an agency which provides counselling and therapeutic support for survivors of sexual abuse, an independent Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service and a Bereavement Support charity.

What I can help with

  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Work/Career Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Relationship
  • Life Transitions

Brief qualifications

  • AQA Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • ‘Understanding and Working with Addictive Behaviour’ (CADAS training course, accredited by the University of Cumbria, Certificate Level 4).
  • Rape Crisis Training (sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual touching).
  • Acu-Stimulation Therapy or Black Box Therapy (reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms, enhances relaxation and general well-being including sleep).
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria Training Course.
  • West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support Training Course.

Therapies I practise

  • Person-Centred
  • Cognitive Behavioural
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Motivational Interviewing Technique
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Acu-Stimulation Therapy

Approach

I follow the Humanistic traditions which mean that I believe in the full potential and integrity of all individuals. These approaches place emphasis on being genuine, accepting and empathic in my relationships with my clients, being attentive to mind, body and spirit and being led by my clients. I work in an integrative way which means that I combine different counselling theories according to the individual needs of each client because each person is unique and each therapeutic relationship is different from any other.

I believe that counselling is an opportunity for you to share your concerns with a skilled listener so that your issues become clearer when being voiced for me to hear. My role is to help you explore aspects of your situation towards making changes for the better when you experience difficulties such as anxiety, facing changes, loss or depression.

Counselling can be short term, focussing on concerns that are getting in the way of your daily life, or longer term, exploring patterns that have been there for a long time and which are no longer helpful.

Coming for counselling can bring you relief and help you regain perspective and the ability to use your imagination to make your own decisions and find helpful solutions.

Motivation

I enjoy working with people to enable them to find meaning, acceptance and change in their lives. Also to recognise their own strengths within a safe, confidential and understanding environment.

I am committed to continuing my professional development by attending regular training.

Contact meVisit the BACP Register entry for Audrey

Tel: 07805 121544

Email: audrey@positivehorizonscumbria.co.uk

Some comments from Audrey’s clients:

“It’s been a long time since contact but I would like to thank you so much for the help and support I received from you. I finished my course at college and now have a full-time job. I am doing a degree course through the firm. My life has moved on so much these past few months and without your support I would not have this job or the future ahead of me that I have now.”

“Counselling was a weekly relief for me as I didn’t have to make an effort to pretend I was ok for someone else’s benefit and could genuinely release my thoughts and feelings.”

“You were patient and a good listener but you were also active in our conversations and challenged some of my thoughts in a gentle but determined way which had the effect of deepening my understanding of my own feelings.”

“You were enjoyable to talk to because you had a sense of humour and seemed genuinely interested in my welfare and, most importantly, from time to time you praised me in a specific and evidenced way which did a lot for my confidence.”

“You helped me to understand the importance of a sense of balance in my life in both my social life and the kind of grieving I do.”