Andrew Garman BSc MA PhD MBACP (Accred) (Counsellor and Supervisor)
15 Peel Hall Lane
01829 751557 / 07833 107035
I am a humanistic, integrative counsellor specialising in helping couples with a wide range of relationship difficulties. I also supervise other counsellors / psychotherapists.
I offer couples counselling using an integrated approach based on transpersonal, psychodynamic and person-centred approaches. I find couples benefit from learning what they bring to the relationship from their pre-relationship backgrounds and from understanding the deeper, often unconscious forces that are at work in the relationship. As well as helping the couple communicate better, there emerges a greater understanding and experience of the potential for psychological healing and personal growth within the relationship. I am also able to help with the more common sexual issues that arise.
Because of my couples focus, I am currently only taking on couple clients. However, I appreciate that with relationships, it is sometimes not clear at the start whether individual counselling or couples counselling is the most appropriate: in those instances I welcome enquiries and can offer some flexibility on the way forward that is best.
Sessions normally last 75 minutes (60 minutes for individuals) in a comfortable environment, and usually take place at weekly intervals. However it is possible to vary this to suit individual client needs.
The therapy is confidential and I explain what this means in practice at the first session. I work within the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Chester University where I received a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, with Distinction. I then converted this diploma into an MA by undertaking a research module.
I am a Registered Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
I hold a Diploma in Couples Therapy from the CCPE, London.
I hold a Certificate in Supervision resulting from a BACP-endorsed course from Counselling Xtra, Nottingham (tutors: Mike Worrall and Linda Smith).
I completed, with Distinction, a MA module in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Chester University)
More generally, I take continuous professional development seriously and have taken part in many courses or workshops covering for example trauma, mindfulness, shame, sex addiction, existentialism and on counselling and spirituality.
I have worked in a number of different settings including the NHS and a charity specialising in adults who have been affected by childhood abuse. Since early 2012 I have concentrated on my private practice work. I receive referrals from a number of EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) providers.
Before my counselling career I was a scientist and I hold BSc and PhD degrees.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
The fee for a 75 minute couples session is £60. A 60 minute individual session is £45. I am happy to talk about reduced rates for those on low incomes.
Supervision is £40 per hour, with reduced rates for students.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available all week days from 8am to early evening (apart from Friday evenings).
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|