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 , ill-health, 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 Psychotherapist in 2008. I am also trained in Online Counselling the the Online Therapy Institute. I am fully accredited, registered, insured and work to BACP guidelines. I have also completed shorter training in CBT, Mindfulness and specialise in Creative Therapies. As an Integrative therapist, I draw on a range of approaches depending on what works best for you. This might include integrating CBT techniques when working with anxiety or panic, Gestalt to explore emotional wellbeing , or Attachment and Psychodynamic approaches to understand how relationships/ patterns of the past impact on behaviour in the here-and-now. Sessions may involve looking back at your personal history to enable future choices; making sense of or processing deep rooted emotions;support 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 (IAPT) providing brief therapy for people referred by their GP for mild-severe depression or anxiety to include worry, panic and trauma related issues. In addition, I have managed therapeutic teams and services supporting trainee counsellors and therapists working towards accreditation. In addition, I provide an online therapy service which offers an alternative mode of therapy and currently support professionals, University students and Expats.
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
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Online counselling is available where suitable. This form of therapy is flexible and is available evenings and weekends using an encrypted platform to ensure confidentiality. If you would like to trial or find out more please feel free to contact me.
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes and options include:
30 minute Introductory session: £20 face to face or free online
Face to face therapy: £40 to 55 per session
Online counselling: £40 per session
Fees are agreed at the introductory session as I appreciate everyone's circumstance is different. I also provide discounted fees for therapists in training and those on a low income.
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
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, evening and weekends
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|