Andrea Grahame MBACP Accredited, UKRCP
Natural Gateway Clinic
121 Theobald Street
If we are struggling in life we can feel alone and not good about ourselves. I provide a caring, supportive and non judgmental space and together we can make sense of what you are going through. Our valuing of ourselves grows from being heard and understood.
I will explore with you how you understand your life and relationships, which can lead to deeper understanding and self acceptance. I believe that our past experiences have an impact on how we live now and that sometimes understanding this can lead to changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and how we feel about ourselves.
I have worked continuously with adults and young people over the past 11 years, both in short-term and long-term counselling. My approach is psycho-dynamic.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Psychology, University of California Los Angeles 1984
Certificate in Counselling, University of Hertfordshire 2002
PGDiploma in Counselling, University of Hertfordshire 2004
Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills 2007
BACP Accredited 2010
Other Training includes: Depression, Self-Harm, Sexual Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Aspergers, ADHD, Cultural Difference and Diversity,
Short-Term Focused Therapy, Adolescent Mental Health, Working with Suicidal Clients, Self Esteem and Trauma.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Sessions are £45
Our first meeting will give us an opportunity to meet and talk about how you are feeling at the moment and your situation. We can discuss if you would like to continue with more sessions and consider short-term or long-term counselling. Counselling is a personal experience and the relationship between each client and each counsellor is unique to them only.
As it is very hard to know what a counsellor is like, I am very happy for you to contact me with any questions you may have.
Sometimes clients come to counselling with a specific issue they want to address. By focusing on this they can gain a better understanding of what is going on and develop ways of approaching the problem that can be helpful in making a change.
Other clients can come to counselling after battling difficulties for years, having tried various ways of addressing problems but finding themselves still struggling. Perhaps the difficulties have gone away temporarily but then came back or re-emerged in some other form or another part of their lives. Other times, clients come without a clear idea of what is wrong, but have struggled with feelings of depression and anxiety or other feelings which have made life difficult and won't go away.
In a counselling relationship, it is possible to reach areas of ourselves that are not consciously known to us and therefore, are hard to reach on our own. Through the relationship with a counsellor these areas can emerge and be sensitively observed and known about. And through this process change can become possible.
A valuable experience that can come out of counselling is when change just 'happens' without the client having to think about it.
I also work with young people who are at a particular stage in life in which they face the challenges of leaving childhood and becoming young adults. With the pressures of today's society it is even more difficult to move through this transition smoothly and often the pressure can get too much.
It is an age when it is easy to feel misunderstood and confused and many young people don't know what to do or how to manage this. They may not be able to communicate at home and relationships can suffer.
It may be that he or she does not have a clear idea of what's wrong. They may be feeling very low, lacking motivation or interest in anything. They may be angry, aggressive, upset, or feeling lost without being able to talk about it. They may be doing things that are destructive and putting themselves at risk.
Counselling can help through the relationship between the young person and their counsellor. Through knowing the young client I am working with, we can both discover what he or she needs to move forwards.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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