Andrea Gavin B.Sc (Hons), MA, MBACP (Accred).

Andrea Gavin B.Sc (Hons), MA, MBACP (Accred).

Peacehaven
BN10

07979 876500

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Peacehaven
BN10

07979 876500

About me

Hello,

Welcome to my profile!  

I hope it provides you with a flavour of who I am, my qualifications as well as my approach.   Feel free to contact me for more information as I appreciate that therapy is very personal and understand the importance of fit between client and therapist.

Credentials:

My name is Andrea and I am a fully qualified, accredited and registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist with BACP.   To find out more about what this means and to explore types of therapy BACP's Its good to talk offers further information http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/what-is-therapy.   As an integrative therapist, I will often explore personal history/future choices, past attachments/current relationship as well as goal focused strategies which enhance emotional and psychological wellbeing.    I am also fully trained and qualified to used the arts in therapy which provide a powerful tool for change.   This may be offering a platform to rehearse the possible/test new waters, mourn a loss, make sense of a dilemma or relationship problem or simply to gain a new perspective to move from a place of stuckness to one of choice.

Prior clients tell me I am compassionate, honest, culturally sensitive and down-to-earth in my approach.

Some background history:

I decided to train as a therapist whist translating articles for Street Projects in Brazil.  As I translated reports, I became fascinated with the transformative power of the therapeutic programmes which I later experienced first hand when I had my own therapy - a necessary requirement for all regulated therapists.    Whilst retraining, I spent several years working in adult mental health working with people experiencing huge change and emotional instability.    After obtaining my degree in Psychology I completed a Masters in Psychotherapy and worked in a whole range of settings to include Wellbeing Centres, Colleges and Return to Work services.   During this time, I was fortunate enough to work with a diverse range of people impacted by life or struggling to find resilience to cope with life .  Some of the issues I worked ranged from:

-   Low mood, sense of feeling stuck, lack of motivation and drive to include clinical depression
-   stress, anxiety, worry and panic to include physiological symptoms (poor sleep, digestive issues )
-   grief, loss and adjustment:  bereavement, major life transition i.e. loss of job
-   self identity: family role/status, self-esteem and self worth
-   self-regulation:  difficulties in managing/experiencing emotions as well as self-harm
-   change or conflict in relationships: divorce,  domestic violence, childbirth
-   Uncertainty/loss of direction

I currently work as  Psychological Therapist in the NHS supporting individuals with mild-severe depression and anxiety.  Also, I am an online therapist for a digital therapy service providing Skype-style session for individuals referred by their GP or local IAPT service. 

Face to face and Digital therapy
I offer brief or long term face to therapy weekdays in Peacehaven, Seaford and Lewes.  Session are currently available on Mondays or Tuesdays between 10-2pm.  

I am currently completing training as a Cyberspace Therapist which sounds very Sci-Fi but simply ensures that I have the necessary skills/competency to offer an online service. This enables me to offer a flexible service for those who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions who can access email, chat messaging (real-time), audio only or video.   This is via an encrypted platform which ensures confidentiality.

I am unable to provide crisis services and recommend that anyone needing immediate support contact the Samaritans, GP or local A&E.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Training:

Additional Training:

  • Group Facilitation Methods
  • Recovery and Social Inclusion
  • Introductory courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) , mindfulness (MBCT) and EMDR


BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (BACP Reference 600084). BACP Registered (041101)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Lewes
Seaford
Newhaven
Saltdean
Rottingdean
Chailey

Fees

I offer a sliding scale depending on individual earnings as well as student and employment status.   My current fees range from £35- 45 per 50 minute session.

Further information

Deciding to start therapy is a big step and as such choosing the right therapist for you is a crucial part of this process. I am happy to talk through my style of working to explore if this fits with your hopes and expectations.

Maps & Directions

Peacehaven, BN10

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Portuguese

Availability

10am - 2.30pm weekdays face-to-face early morning/evening sessions online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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