Andrew Garman BSc MA PhD MBACP (Accred) (Counsellor and Supervisor)
15 Peel Hall Lane
01829 751557 / 07833 107035
I am a humanistic, integrative counsellor working with individuals and couples. I also provide individual and group supervision for other counsellors / psychotherapists.
I see myself as facilitating psychological healing and growth. I base my counselling on the person-centred approach, into which I weave elements of psychodynamic, Gestalt and CBT approaches, to suit client needs. I also offer perspectives emerging from neuroscientific studies on psychological healing which clients find useful. Dealing with hurts, trauma and abuse, particularly from childhood, feature frequently in my work; I also work with "pre-verbal" trauma from infancy. My couples counselling experience has been useful in helping with individuals who have relationship difficulties.
The couples counselling uses 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. This deepens the relationship and makes it more resilient to future external challenges.
Sessions normally last 60 minutes for individuals and 75 minutes for couples. They take place in a comfortable environment, usually at weekly intervals. However it is possible to vary meeting arrangements to suit individual client needs.
The therapy is confidential and I explain what this means in practice in 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
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- 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 60 minute individual session is £45. For couples counseling it is £48 for an hour, however I normally recommend for couples a 75 minute session, which is £60. I am happy to talk about reduced rates for those on low incomes.
Supervision for qualified counsellors is £40 per hour, with reduced rates for students: currently £30 per hour.
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|