Andrea Gavin B.Sc (Hons), MA, MBACP (Accred).
I offer support with low mood, depression, worry, anxiety, panic as well as relationship issues such as domestic violence, affairs or divorce. Similarly, I offer therapy for people impacted by trauma, loss or grief , work related difficulties, pregnancy, childbirth and life events/changes. Prior clients tell me I am compassionate, honest, culturally sensitive and down-to-earth in my approach.
Following on from my core training in psychology, I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist in 2008. I am fully accredited, registered, insured and work to BACP guidelines. I have also completed shorter training in CBT and Mindfulness and Digital Therapy. As an integrative therapist, I draw on a range of approaches depending on what works best for you. This might include integrating CBT techniques, Gestalt, Attachment and Psychodynamic approaches. Sessions may involve looking back at your personal history to enable future choices; support you to develop relationship/communication skills to improve connections in the here-and-now; or offer more goal orientated strategies such as anxiety management, working with panic to establish/restore a sense of calm/safety in your life.
Some background history:
After studying Psychology, I worked in Adult Mental Health working with people experiencing huge change and emotional instability. Later, as a counsellor within a College setting I offered therapy to students managing bullying, exam stress, identity/relationship issues and self-harm. I have also worked as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in the NHS providing brief therapy for people referred by their GP for mild-severe depression or anxiety. In addition, I have managed therapeutic teams and services supporting trainee counsellors and therapists working towards accreditation.
Some of the settings I have worked in include:
- Prison services
- In-patient/outpatient Mental Health
- Wellbeing Clinics
- Employment Services
- Minority Community Groups
- GP/NHS Clinics
In additional to my private practice, I work as an online therapist supporting individuals referred by their GP/IAPT service for brief therapy.
Areas I have experience and interest in are:
- emotional and psychological wellbeing
- personal development
- sadness, sense of feeling stuck, lack of motivation and drive to include clinical depression
- stress, anxiety, worry and panic to include physiological symptoms (irritability, panic attacks)
- grief, loss and adjustment: bereavement, major life transition i.e. loss of job; child; parent
- self identity: family role/status, cultural identity; 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
- Expat issues
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 and who may prefer the flexibility of email, chat messaging (real-time), audio 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
- BSc Psychology
- Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts
- MA in Integrative Psychotherapy
- 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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
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Therapy sessions are 50 minutes and options include:
Face to face: £40-55 per session
Instant Messaging: £25-30 per chat session in real time
Video: £38 per session
I offer discounts for block bookings and special rates for trainee therapists. For those experiencing financial hardship, I provide a sliding scale which is negotiated on an individual basis.
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
Type of session
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Mon-Friday face-to-face and online sessions Evening/Weekends digital therapy only
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|