Andrea Hunt (Formerly Smith) L6;PCL-5;Dip Individual&Couples Counselling;MBACP
07973 149668 / 07973 149668
- Do you feel disconnected from your feelings?
- Are you often stressed, sometimes feeling out of control?
- Do you feel as though you are not coping?
- Do you feel that you are just “existing”?
- Does the smallest thing seem to throw you off balance?
- Do you have more questions than answers?
- Are you finding it difficult to recover from disappointment?
- Have you experienced an emotional trauma?
- Do you want to take ownership of your own well-being?
Reading this may mean you have been asking yourself some of these questions for a while and you worry that you are the only person in the world who feels like this. However, many people experience difficulties within their life and actually it is more commonplace than ever realised.
Most of us can function on a day to day basis, but sometimes we start to find ourselves reacting to situations in ways that can no longer feel normal to us. Perhaps then you may need some space in life’s hectic schedule to help you to explore and understand those feelings. Reaching out takes courage, strength and means you have taken the decision to take control of your day to day feelings.
Counselling creates time to explore your feelings when experiencing some of life’s challenges. It is a personal development journey which helps to promote self awareness and a better understanding of your reactions and who you are. It can help you identify the changes you may wish to make in your life and help to reduce stress related illnesses.
Andrea is a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, qualified Independent Practitioner, qualified Supervisor and a qualified Couples Counsellor. She began her counselling training in 2007 after a life-threatening accident whilst working in a high pressured role and environment. Andrea has had numerous life events and experiences which has enabled her to connect and relate with many people from different backgrounds and cultures. This has developed her understanding of difference and diversity and just how unique each individual is.
Andrea runs a successful private psychotherapeutic practice for clients of all ages. She has counselled pupils within a school environment and students with complex social and learning difficulties. Andrea has counselled for charities; becoming a specialist within adult mental health and young people. She has also provided a consultancy service for group sessions and has previously embarked on a project in partnership with Wiltshire Mind and SWITCH which involved counselling ex-offenders.
She has also had experience, but is not restricted to, clients presenting issues around:
Post natal depression
Affairs and betrayals
Separation and divorce
Child related issues
Work related issues
Sexual confusion/sexual issues
Living with long term illness
Post traumatic stress
Inter personal relationships/relationship issues
Family dynamics/family issues
Family break ups
Self esteem/low self esteem
Low self confidence
Obsessive compulsion disorder
Borderline personality disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder
Andrea is a qualified relationship counsellor so is able to offer couples and group counselling to cover areas, but not restricted to, relationship conflicts; common goals and themes and family mediation.
Telephone; Skype and E-Counselling
Andrea understands that not everyone wishes to participate within face to face counselling.
This can be for numerous reasons; accessibility issues; childcare; managing a busy schedule and because face to face, for some people can feel very overwhelming.
Therefore, normal counselling appointments can be scheduled but can take place over the telephone or via skype, based on your individual preference.
For those of you that do not have time for a 50 minute session, or find the duration of the session overwhelming, e-counselling can be another alternative.
E-counselling can take place in two different ways, either a 50 minute session is scheduled and the communication is via email or text, or the second option is to spread the course of the session over the week.*
To further explore either of the above options, please make contact with Andrea.
*Subject to mutually agreed terms
Andrea is a qualified Couples/Relationship Counsellor holding a diploma in Couples Counselling, recognised by the Couples Counselling Network.
Relationship counselling is designed to provide all parties with a safe environment and space to discuss and explore their relationship. Andrea aims to facilitate a better functioning of the relationship between those parties involved, in a respectful and non-judgemental way, giving equal space to all parties so those present feel heard and valued. It can help each of you to identify changes you may wish to make in your life for the benefit of the relationship.
Your relationship will be the focus of each session. Andrea will not be making a judgement on the current state or potential outcomes of your relationship.
By working together the aim is to gain a clearer understanding of the issues affecting your relationship and to explore the possible changes that maybe required to achieve the best outcome for your relationship.
Andrea believes that neither party is to blame for the current state of the relationship; but all parties are responsible for the relationship and how it moves forward.
Andrea also runs group therapy sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Andrea offers both individual, couples and group counselling within a private and comfortable studio, in a beautiful countryside setting. The location is easy to access with free parking and central to Chippenham, Calne, Melksham and Devizes.
Andrea also offers Skype; Telephone and E-Counselling sessions.
Daytime and evening appointments are available and for those clients with mobility; accessibility; and childcare issues counselling within your own home can be considered.
Andrea’s main way of working is Transpersonal Integrative (Transpersonal meaning beyond the self – recognising the connection between mind, behaviour and intuition) which has proved very successful with many clients. However, as part of her training there are other ways of working which can be used to help best support the person you are. Other methods such as Cognitive; Behavioural; Cognitive/Behavioural; Psychodynamic; Psychoanalytical; Systemic; Structured/Brief; Person Centred; Supportive and Art are interventions used as part of the work.
Choosing a Counsellor can be a difficult decision so if you would like to discuss anything around the counselling process or meet with Andrea prior to your first appointment please do make contact.
A qualified Counselling Supervisor to Level 6 CPCAB
A qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Independent Practitioner to Level 5 CPCAB
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 CPCAB
Counselling Studies Level 3 CPCAB
Counselling Skills Level 2 CPCAB
Couples Counselling Diploma
Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
BACP Certificate of Proficiency and registrant of the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Would you take comfort in knowing someone has shared your experiences and they are on their way to recovery?
- Do you feel that you need to talk about your feelings but the thought of one to one therapy feels too overwhelming?
- Do you wonder if you are the only one that feels this way but would take comfort in knowing that others do too?
- Would you like to know that sharing your experiences could also help and benefit others?
- Would you like to have a greater awareness of how you interact with others and how they see you?
- Do you experience strong feelings of shame, self-dislike or guilt and yet those around you seem to be doing ok?
- Are you highly self-critical?
Group therapy can benefit many people including those that suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, or those that maybe finding life difficult to cope with.
Telling your story to a group of supportive and understanding people can help to release previously repressed feelings and tension.
Humans are herd animals by nature and being part of a cohesive group can offer a sense of belonging and acceptance; this can feel very comforting when working through issues.
Who is group therapy for?
Group therapy can help people with a wide range of emotional difficulties. It is well suited to those individuals who would like to improve the way they relate to others and to explore how you are viewed by others, in a safe and controlled setting.
What are the benefits of group therapy?
Group therapy is an opportunity to meet others experiencing similar concerns and issues. It offers a support network, helping you to feel less isolated which can help to increase self-esteem and confidence.
Sharing your experiences can help you learn about the responsibility and the consequences of your decisions, gaining greater understanding. This can bring a heightened self-awareness and help others identify their own behaviours. Such skills can be utilised in everyday life.
Through kindness and compassion, group therapy can help you to stop judging yourself and those around you; helping to reduce perfectionism, fear of failure and shame. People with higher self-compassion are more effective in stressful situations, life satisfaction and self-confidence.
What to expect?
You will be encouraged to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences to develop relationships within the group. This will provide you with feedback, advice or practical tips from me, or other members of the group who have experienced similar emotional difficulties. It is also an opportunity to reach out and support others.
This will highlight how past experiences influence the present, giving insights on how to improve relationships in your everyday life. Often this is the first stage to change and recovery.
Members of the group will involve people at difference stages of their recovery, some may have been where you are now and found ways to recover; this can give hope during times of difficulty.
The sessions are confidential. You will need to commit to a minimum of six sessions. The groups will be small groups of no more than five. They take the form of an open conversation with no pre-set topics.
Each session lasts for 60 minutes and costs £25 per person.
The group is to provide an atmosphere of trust, support and positivity. The intent is to gain insight and to help you learn your own coping methods so you can handle things if and when problems arise.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Jungian therapy
- Person-centred therapy
£45 per 50 minute session for individual work.
£55 per 50 minute session for couples counselling (for the first six sessions and £45 thereafter).
£55 per 50 minute session for group work, comprising of two or more persons, but limited to four without prior negotiation.
£25 per 60 minute session for the group therapy events.
£60 per 90 minute session for Supervision (or pro rota)
For counsellors in training discounts are available for your own personal therapy - during the day.
Two things have been mentioned within Andrea’s website:
* Experiencing difficulties within our life is more common place than ever realised
* Choosing a counsellor can be a difficult decision
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists conducted some research and found one in four adults suffer from common mental health issues. Yet how many of you suffering actually seek support?
Andrea has put some facts together to help reassure you that you are not alone with some of your issues and to provide reassurance and confidence that she runs a successful practice. The information has been collected over a three year period.
Those who have attended her private practice range from age 10-63 years (starts from 6 years in schools) and there is fairly much an equal split between male and females.
Most of you refer yourself to counselling, however nearly a fifth are referred by a family member.
Nearly a fifth of you have had counselling previously and some are currently on medication to help with their psychological problems.
Many of you come to counselling for numerous reasons and once in therapy explore other areas which are unique to you. Whilst it is important to recognise that each of you have your own individual challenges and difficulties to explore, there are some commonplace reasons as to why you would choose to come to therapy and common themes that are covered within sessions.
Common themes that bring you to therapy:
Problems related to primary support group, including family circumstances
Problems related to your social environment
Problems in relationship with spouse or partner
Stressful work situation
Social exclusion and rejection
Events resulting in loss of self-esteem in childhood
Life management difficulty
Common themes covered in sessions:
Different people are in different places when they embark on their therapeutic journey. Some are dealing with very difficult life situations, with 39% experiencing suicidal thoughts and thoughts of self-harm, whilst 23% have thoughts of causing harm to others. Some are struggling to function on a day to day basis; whereas some are simply looking to increase self-awareness and work on self-development. The place in which you find yourself varies for each individual.
From the data collected there is clear evidence that Andrea has reduced concerns for wellbeing by 88%, problem solving by 86%, day to day functioning by 92%, risk by 83% and overall concerns by 87%. *
In summary, Andrea has taken individuals on average from a clinical population to a non-clinical population for mental health.
*Based on data collected using the CORE Outcome
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Andrea holds a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – Transpersonal Integrative awarded by CPCAB and is qualified to Level 5 CPCAB as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Independent Practitioner.View supervision profile