Dr Andrew Biss
20 Shreres Dyche
I am a registered counsellor with BACP and a registered psychotherapist with UKCP. I have a doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy and have over thirty years’ experience of helping people face personal difficulties.
As an existential psychotherapist I use an approach that is informed by philosophy and is concerned with making sense of the world in the face of whatever difficulties we may be experiencing. It is not a medical model that is concerned with diagnosis and categorisation, but is about making sense of everyday life experience. It is about encouraging you to find your own answers according to your values and beliefs.
At some time in our lives all of us will experience difficult emotions and psychological pain. Therapy is a collaborative and cooperative process and provides an opportunity to reflect on how you are living and choices you are making, on where you are and where you want to be. Therapy provides the time and space to explore, reflect and be truly heard and may also be a time to face up to things previously ignored or avoided.
I see my clients as individuals, complex and multidimensional within the context of their lives and I do not attempt to create simplistic solutions to labels that might have been placed upon them. I believe our current relationships and the way we are with others are influenced by our past events and how we understood them at the time. I am interested in the way we unknowingly repeat these patterns although they may no longer be helpful and may, perhaps, contribute to our current difficulties.
I will provide a safe, confidential and containing space to explore the things you are finding difficult to cope with and I work in an open, warm and non-judgmental way. I will be with you in partnership discussing aspects of your life that you wish to clarify or change and this usually brings a feeling of relief. My aim is to help you stand back up and face and make sense of your existence.
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked for eighteen years in Human Resources and reached a senior position with a global professional services organisation. I then managed my own company as an executive coach working with more than six hundred clients over twenty-one years. Most of my clients were executives wishing to change aspects of their career and/or personal life. This experience enables me to blend coaching with therapy if that is appropriate for you. For further details on my business background please see my LinkedIn page at: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/andrewbissexecutivecoach
In 2016 I completed a five year programme granting me a Professional Doctorate in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have continued with my research which concerns helping individuals who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug problems.
During my training I volunteered over five hundred hours of counselling to two mental health charities and worked with many individuals on a wide range of issues. I also provided a counselling service to two High Schools where I worked with adolescents on issues such as self harm and suicidal thoughts.
I am a registered member of BACP and UKCP and a member of the Society of Existential Analysis. I have experience of working therapeutically with clients aged 13 to 67 on a wide range of personal issues. I adhere to the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the BACP and UKCP and these require my work to be professionally and regularly supervised.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- 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)
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive experience of working with individuals who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug problems.
Each session lasts an hour and costs £50.00. I offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions for students or those on low incomes or benefits.
My practice is in a quiet residential area, has ample free car parking and is close to a regular bus route.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Wednesday day and evenings
Types of client