Andrew Martin MSc, MBACP (Accred), FDAP (Accred).
Rutland House Practice
40 Colney Hatch Lane
Queenswood Medical Practice
Haringey NHS Trust
151 Park Road
I offer counselling and psychotherapy in the Muswell Hill and Crouch End areas of North London. In my early 30's I started my career as a therapist. In the 12 years since then, 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 to 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 therapist, 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 for me is anxiety issues; like generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Also, social phobia and the anxiety that is often linked to performance at work or other areas where people feel judged or exposed. 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, guilt and shame.
Although experienced working in many areas of emotional and psychological distress, one last area to highlight here is my specialism in addiction work. I have years of experience working with substance issues like alcohol, food and drug addictions 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 genuine progress in their lives. This has given me a firm belief that people really can heal and change. This sense of hope is something my clients have said they have appreciated when working 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- 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
12 step, Minnesota model
I charge approximately £60 per hour depending on the location and time that we meet.
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'd be glad to hear from you.
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