Ben Amponsah

Specialist in Anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma/PTSD, sexuality, work and multicultural

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Ben Amponsah is an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred 555741) and a member of the British Psychology Society (MBPsS 144661). He qualified as a counsellor in 2004, having been working in therapy since 2002.

Ben attained his first degree in Psychology at The University of Bristol in 1991. He then joined the British Army as an officer and served in the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment from 1992 to 1998, leaving as a senior captain. He received his UN medal for serving in Cyprus in 1995-6. He subsequently completed his Diploma in Counselling Studies at The University of Manchester in 2004 and has since practiced at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester, where he is now a Senior Counsellor. Ben has also worked, for many years, in the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Industry and in the field of Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT) and most recently Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Ben uses Integrative Counselling as his main model for counselling. Ben has been running a successful private counselling and consultancy practice since August 2013.

Ben is also a Psychologist and, having part-completed the Independent BPS course for the Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP), commenced a professional doctorate (part time) in Counselling Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University in Sept 2018. He expects to qualify in July 2023.

Ben has successfully completed an internal training course at Freedom from Torture and is engaged in continued professional development on psychological therapy with torture survivors.

Ben worked as a volunteer and then paid counsellor, on a part-time basis, at Freedom from Torture from October 2010 to April 2019.

Ben considers himself an amateur creative writer and is active on many fan fiction gaming forums as such but has not, as yet, had any published articles or publications.

Member of

BACP (MBACP Accred), BPS (MBPsS)

Approach to treatment

I consider myself an integrative therapist which is to say that I utilise different approaches in support of my clients and their issues. I have a bent towards cognitive and structured solution-focused therapy but am also well versed in humanistic/person centred. I am also a trauma/PTSD specialist and EMDR trained and can bring to my practice some of my life-coaching skills as well.

Languages spoken

English

Currently Practice

Manchester

Therapy Types

Integrative Psychotherapy/Counselling, EMDR,

Qualifications

BSc in Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Counselling Studies, Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching

Demographics of Focus

LGBT+, Young people (14+), Multicultural (BAME), older adults, trainee therapists, EAP clients