Andy Spencer MBACP registered
7 The Courtyard
What is counselling?
Life will always present us with challenges and difficult situations. Sometimes these challenges can get on top of us and we stop living and enjoying our lives as fully as we would like. This is where counselling can be of help.
Counselling is about offering someone a supportive relationship in a safe and confidential environment where they can talk through whatever is concerning them. Counselling is not about giving advice and counsellors can never be experts in other people’s lives. Counsellors use a number of ways to help people find their unique strengths to work through a particular issue in the best way for them so that they can live their life to the fullest.
How I work
Whatever challenge life throws at us, I believe we all have the potential to deal with it successfully, move on and lead a happy life. I consider the most important foundation to successful counselling is the relationship between the counsellor and client. Being in a trustful, open and supportive relationship allows the client to really get to understand themselves, explore all of their unique and individual strengths and how they can best deal with and work through the concern at hand. This is all done at the client's pace and is never rushed. I focus on what is happening with the client in the present. Sometimes it is important to talk about the past but only how it is affecting the client’s experience.
Some of the areas for which I offer counselling include:
- Loss of a close relationship through death, including anticipating the death of someone close, and through miscarriage
- Dealing with a life limiting illness
- Caring for someone with a life limiting illness
- Dealing with rape or sexual abuse
- Problems in close and intimate relationships
- Stress management
Many people who have had these experiences have feelings of depression, anxiety and anger, all of which I work with in my counselling practice.
Where I work
I currently work for RASASC in Guildford who offer counselling for rape and sexual abuse. I also have private practices in Godalming, Send, Horsham and Brighton.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. I have experience of working in hospices with clients experiencing bereavement and life limiting illness and also with survivors of rape and sexual abuse. I have also worked with a number of other different issues, for example relationship counselling, whilst working for different organisations such as Horsham Counselling service.
There are many different types of counselling. The best is the one that suits the client at the time. I work mainly with the Gestalt and Transactional Analysis orientations of counselling.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work to their ethical guidelines.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
The first session is an opportunity for me to understand what brought you to counselling and for you to ask me whatever you wish to ask. We can then decide together whether or not I can be of help.
I charge £45 per session and ask for 24 hours notice of cancellation. I work with clients of age 16 and older.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am flexible and will to discuss a mutually agreeable time.
Types of client