About Amy Mills (she/her)
Amy Mills is a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London and is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred) number 31903 – a recognition of her experience. She is also a Certified Cyber Therapist trained with the Online Therapy Institute and a Professional Member of the Association for Counselling & Therapy Online (ACTO).
Amy is a humanistic integrative counsellor and psychotherapist meaning that she incorporates a range of counselling theories in to her work and can adapt her style to best meet the needs of each person. Whilst doing so, she is committed to ethical practice and abides by the BACP’s Ethical Framework.
For the past ten years Amy has specialised in working with children and younger people, from 6 to 25 years old. She has run counselling services in a dozen East London schools with national charity Place2Be, counselled university students at the University of Roehampton and counselled younger people at the Wimbledon Guild in South West London. This has developed a passion for working creatively with younger people, helping them to express themselves through artwork and play as well as with words. She is also very experienced at supporting parents, carers and teachers to reflect on and develop their relationships with children in order to better support them.
In addition, Amy has twenty years’ experience supporting adults of all ages (from 18 to 80 years old) with their mental health. She has counselled adults and run psychoeducational groups with national charity Mind, supported adults with mental health problems, in addition to roles with national helpline Saneline and The Retreat Psychiatric Hospital in York.
Amy holds a BACP endorsed Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision from the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and is an experienced clinical supervisor. Since 2013 she has worked with numerous trainee and qualified therapists from a range of therapeutic orientations who have been counselling clients of all ages. Amy’s supervisory model is an amalgamation of Hawkins and Shohet’s* 7 eyed model and elements of Page and Wosket’s cyclical model**. She values empathy and honesty in the supervisory relationship, creating a supportive secure base from which to work.
Amy holds an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check which you can view on request.
Amy is a firm believer in lifelong learning and engages in regular training to update and expand her knowledge and skills. She volunteers her time with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy reviewing digital materials for their online hub of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resources. Since 2019 Amy has been a committee member of the Yorkshire Supervisors' Forum, a vibrant CPD group for supervisors of counselling and psychotherapy professionals.
Amy works with the media and periodically appears on local radio station Viking FM contributing to discussions around mental health.
*Hawkins and Shohet (2012) Supervision in the Helping Professions. Open University Press
** Page and Wosket (2014) Supervising the Counsellor and Psychotherapist: A Cyclical Model. Routledge