My name is Andrew, and I am an accredited psychotherapist specialising in helping people overcome anxiety issues. I specialise in problems like OCD, panic attacks, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, and social anxiety. I also work with the lack of confidence and difficulty asserting yourself in relationships and at work.
I have more than 12 years experience helping people overcome their anxiety issues using effective evidence-based therapeutic techniques. I see my clients in various North London locations and work in the afternoons and evenings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Feel free to contact me by phone or email so I can answer your questions, and to find out if I can help you
If you prefer, you can read on or visit my website http://www.andrewmartincounselling.co.uk to learn more about how I help people with their anxiety issues.
Areas of expertise:
Anxiety is a normal human response to a perceived threat or danger. The anxiety response is essential to our survival. Historically it helped us avoid dangerous people, places and behaviours, we couldn't have survived for without it.
However, in all the anxiety issues below the perception of threat or danger is magnified to such a degree that it gets in the way of everyday life and human flourishing.
- Assertiveness and Confidence
- Relationship Issues (assertiveness)
- Social Anxiety
- Work Anxiety
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
- Health Anxiety
- Anxiety-related Anger
- Anxiety underlying alcohol and other addictions
There are specialist, evidence-based approaches for dealing with all of the above issues. You can find more information about some of them on my website. Read on for a little about some of the less obvious anxiety issues.
I work a lot with clients who have family and relationship issues. They often feel that they are “walked all over” and that they cannot be honest in their relationships. This leads to resentment, bitterness, anger, and relationship breakdown. When not being able to assert yourself in relationships is understood as an anxiety-based issue, it can be effectively treated.
Assertiveness issues are not confined to intimate relationships, but also arise in areas of life such as work and friendships. When you are not able to be confident and assertive it can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anger, guilt and shame.
Anxiety in all its guises leads sufferers to avoid things that they find threatening. Our job is to identify what is being avoided, why it is so threatening, and how to reduce the level of threat so you can move ahead.
We will work together to help you identify and understand your problems, and then learning the techniques to overcome them.
You will see clearly what part anxiety plays in stopping you from achieving your goals.
You will distinguish between what can be changed, and what cannot be changed.
We will set up a program of evidence-based interventions that help you move towards your stated goals.
What to Expect:
I am always happy to have a brief phone consultation to see if I am an appropriate therapist for you. If I cannot help, I will do my best to point you in the direction of a good therapist who might be a good fit for you.
If we agree to see each other we will organise an assessment session, which is where our work together will start.
We will spend the first few sessions talking in a warm, accepting and non-judgemental way. During this time our goal is to get to know each other and build a trusting relationship. I will also start to understand your individual situation. When I believe I have a good understanding of your problem -- and the solution -- I will explain what I think is happening, and how we can work toward the change you are looking for.
We will use evidence-based psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Positive Psychology to help you make the changes needed.
When we have achieved your goals and you feel empowered to move on with the new skills you have learned, we will end our time working together. However, I am always happy to do top-up sessions for former clients who feel they are becoming stuck.
I also run a group therapy session for former clients who are working toward specific goals, for example in business, relationships, work or social lives. I call this weekly group therapy session “The Goals Group,” and it combines the evidence-based approaches all my clients learn with the benefit of peer support.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, qualifications & experience:
As well as working in private practice, I also work for a charity providing psychotherapy to NHS clients suffering from serious mental health issues. The service is delivered in GP surgeries across North London.
I also provide clinical supervision to trainee and volunteer psychotherapists. Lastly, I provide counselling and some mental health training to this charity’s clinical teams.
I am also experienced in supporting clients who use the Twelve Step model of recovery.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am also an accredited member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP). My clinical approach is governed by the codes of ethics laid out by these two governing bodies.
Before 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 specifically in the area of addiction. I trained health providers, including GPs, in basic evidence-based interventions for hazardous and 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, I completed a British Psychological Society-approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision, and more recently I attended a training session looking at Enhanced CBT for eating disorders.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I charge £60-£70 per session depending on the location and time that we meet.
12 step, Minnesota model
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work weekdays and have late appointments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Please contact me to see if there is a time we can meet, or if you have any questions for me.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|