Andrea Gavin B.Sc (Hons), MA, MBACP (Accred).
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.
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
- BSc Psychology
- Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts
- MA in Integrative Arts 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)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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.
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|
10am - 2.30pm weekdays face-to-face early morning/evening sessions online
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|