Hi. My name is Andrew. I’m an Integrative Relational Counsellor. Being an integrative counsellor means I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches: I have training in working with CBT; Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches; but most importantly I work to develop an empathic, trusting relationship that helps you to a deeper understanding of what makes you tick. For me, the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the key to success. I will work with you to explore the way you think, feel, sense and perceive the world. We will sit as equals and I will offer empathy, support and, if it will be helpful, challenge. Most of all, I will listen to you. The development of this listening relationship is at the heart of my work.
I work with clients of all ages, from early teens to well into retirement. I have worked with people experiencing a range of issues including relationship problems, bereavement, depression, anxiety, anger, sexual identity, grief and loss, childhood abuse and neglect. I have worked with those dealing with the impact of long term physical conditions and illnesses (including IBS) and those who care for them.
I have worked in the education, healthcare, commercial and financial sectors and I can access this broad life experience and understanding when supporting people with workplace issues including bullying, harassment and redundancy.
My experience of working with teenagers and young people is extensive and I have spent more than 25 years in the education sector. I have worked with clients studying in schools and colleges and the staff who support and teach them. I have a particular interest in working with clients who are dealing with the impact of specific learning difficulties, for example Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD. I believe that this issue is not confined to those still in the education system and that many neuro-diverse people of all ages can benefit from exploring their relationship with their conditions.
In addition to the situations described above, I love working with people of all ages and backgrounds to help them overcome feelings such as anxiety, depression and that nagging sense of pointlessness which dogs so many of us.
I am a member of BACP and I adhere to their code of ethics and good practice. I qualified with a postgraduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling and I have a degree in Medical Sciences, which I find can be particularly useful when I feel it would benefit a client to provide psycho-education.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I have a degree in Medical Sciences and a Masters degree from Cambridge University.
- I have a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling.
- I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
- I am also a qualified Resilience Trainer (University of Pennsylvania.)
- I have a range of qualification relating to Education, ranging from PGCE to NPQH
Other professional courses:
Suicide (Dec 2018);
Trauma (Feb 2019);
Eating Disorders (June 2019);
Time-limited counselling (Oct 2019):
Psychiatry, psychopathology and psychodynamics (Jan 2020);
Neuroscience, attachment and the therapeutic alliance (Feb 2020);
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Jun 2020);
Working with suicide and self-harm (Sep-Oct 2020);
Treating Trauma (Nov 2020);
Working with relational trauma and attachment (Dec 2020)