Andrew Martin BA, MSc, MBACP (Accred), FDAP (Accred).

Andrew Martin BA, MSc, MBACP (Accred),  FDAP (Accred).

Rutland House Surgery
Rutland House
40 Colney Hatch Lane
London
N10 1DU

Queenswood Medical Practice
Haringey NHS Trust
151 Park Road
London
N8 8JD

07886120280

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Rutland House Surgery
Rutland House
40 Colney Hatch Lane
London
N10 1DU

Queenswood Medical Practice
Haringey NHS Trust
151 Park Road
London
N8 8JD

07886120280

About me

About me

I offer counselling and psychotherapy in Muswell Hill and Crouch End. For more than eleven years I have worked with individuals, couples and groups to help them gain insight and work towards real-world change.

I find that therapy often follows a recognisable pattern. At first, there is a stage that is devoted to gaining understanding and insight. My clients often experience a sense of relief at being listened too and understood at this stage. For many people, this uncovering of truth within themselves is what they sought counselling for. For some, there is another step – a desire to change what isn’t working.


Approach and areas of expertise

I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I have studied a range of therapeutic approaches that I draw on as and when they are needed.

I work a lot with family issues, relationship issues, and the feelings of betrayal and low self-esteem associated with separation and divorce.

A key area of expertise in my practice is anxiety issues; like generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Social phobia and the anxiety often linked to performance at work. Anxiety is also linked to assertiveness issues like the experience of being 'used' or 'walked over' by the people in your life. This often leads to low self-esteem, depression and guilt.

The last area to highlight is my specialism in addiction work with alcohol and drugs and also behavioural addictions like gambling and sex addiction.

The person-centred school of therapy, which recognises the healing power of authentic listening, is the bedrock of my practise. Often people really need to talk: to be understood in a warm, safe and non-judgmental space.

When clients want to achieve change in their lives or progress towards a stated goal, I use evidence-based psychological interventions such as CBT, REBT, solution-focused therapy and positive psychology.

Having spent much of my career working with some of the most challenging client groups, I have had the privilege to see people make incredible progress in their lives. This has given me an unshakable belief that people really can heal and change. This sense of hope is something my clients have said they have appreciated when speaking with me.


What to expect

We will start with an assessment session to discuss your reasons for seeking out counselling. It can be helpful to know a bit about your background, what is troubling you and what you hope to achieve through therapy. If it feels like there is a good ‘match’ then I will suggest a time-limited course of sessions: usually either 6 weeks or 12 weeks. Sessions take place once a week, in the same location each time, and last for 50 minutes.

Once the agreed course of therapy has been completed, we will reflect on your experience so far, and decide together how best to move forward. Even where long term, open ended therapy is indicated, I find it useful to begin in this structured way, since it provides a regular opportunity to step back and evaluate progress.

Training, qualifications & experience

Alongside my private practise, I currently work for a third sector charity providing psychotherapy to NHS clients suffering from mental health issues in GP surgeries across North London. I provide clinical supervision to trainee and volunteer counsellors, as well as providing counselling training to the organisation’s clinical staff. I am also experienced in supporting clients who use the Twelve Step model of recovery.

I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am also an accredited member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals. My clinical approach is deeply rooted in the codes of ethics laid out by these two governing bodies.

Prior to my career in counselling I worked in alcohol policy and strategy within local government. In this role I helped design and commission services delivered by the NHS. I trained health providers including GPs in basic evidence-based interventions for harmful drinkers.

My qualifications include an MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling (LSBU), diplomas in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy (Greenwich University and LCCH), and a Counselling Certificate Course (Goldsmiths, University of London).

I attend continuous professional development courses to deepen my practice and expand my skills. For example, last year I completed a British Psychological Society-approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision, and more recently I attended a training looking at Enhanced CBT for eating disorders.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP
FDAP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

12 step, Minnesota model

Fees

I charge approximately £60 per hour depending on the location and time that we meet.

Further information

Looking for a therapist can be a daunting experience, feel free to give me a call or drop me a line with any questions you have, I'm sure I can help.

Maps & Directions

London, N10 1DU
London, N8 8JD

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Please contact me to see if there is a time we can meet.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
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