Po Yiu (Andrew) Chan, MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, MBACP
I was coming from an ordinary background with a massive interest in humanity and how it manifests itself in many different ways in our society. To me, it seems obvious that we, as a human race, are now facing a humanity crisis, especially having a breakdown in different relationships and endless conflicts among people by ethnic divides. It is painful for me to witness people suffer and try to hide their feelings and emotions from the people they use to love, and putting up a fake mask in front of everyone.
As an ordinary person, I am so privileged to end up working as a counsellor that allows me to actually help restore a small part of this broken humanity. Being able to meet with different people has a significant impact on me, not only because of the process. But most important of all, I see an authentic flourishing of life when my clients receive no condemnation but simply a few words of encouraging and a pair of listening ears. I wish to bear more fruits for people who will be inspired by such an in-depth conversations about lives and difficulties.
Also, having spent over the past eight years in relevant training and practice, I am now practicing person-centred therapy with a vision that everyone is unique and requires working through issues based on their actual needs. I provide both short-term (i.e. 12 sessions) and long-term (24-36 sessions) counselling for clients with different needs. In order to address clients' needs, free initial assessment will be provided to all prospective clients just to allow us to get to know each other and explore ways we can work together. For students, I offer a discount to make sure they are financially capable of doing the counselling course and having their personal development in counselling. For other clients, concessions are available if they are struggling with financial incomes (i.e. proof of income needs to be provided).
Counselling is not a competitive sport. Clients can always decide how many sessions they want to have and when will be the best time for them to leave counselling. I am really looking forward to our first meeting for a fruitful transformational journey!
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychology, Bachelor in Science (with Honours)
- MA person-centred counselling and experiential psychotherapy
Relevant counselling experience
- Working as a counsellor in a primary school with teachers, teaching assistants, and parents
- Working as a counsellor in a local charity organisation to support low-income clients with a variety concerns in regard to depression, anxiety, OCD, bereavement, alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and career choices
- Working as a counsellor in an organisation to support clients who experienced sexual abuse in early childhood or adolescence.
Relevant clinical experience
- Supported psychiatric patients transitioning from first to final stage of rehabilitation with severe mental illnesses
- Supported and implemented intervention for emotionally disturbed children with Autism and ADHD
- Worked and assisted mental health care team to administer treatments for patients with varying natures and degrees of mental disorders.
Church ministry work
- Provide pastoral care for parents in a local Chinese fellowship in resolving issues related to family and marriage problems
- Develop parenting schemes for Christian parents to help children grow in faith, and seeking life purposes
- Promote church activities that allow active interaction between church members around a common vision for spiritual growth
- Co-lead a mental health support group for men with stress, anxiety, and depression related issues.
- Undergoing Sozo inner healing church ministry training
Areas of expertise (for adults)
- Bereavement and loss
- Self-esteem/confidence issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Childhood difficulties
- Parenthood concerns
- Family difficulties
- Sexual abuse
- Cultural issues
- Personal awareness and development
- Faith issues
- Purpose of life
- Person-centred therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As well as doing secular person-centred counselling for a wide range of issues, I also welcome Christian clients with specific prayer requests and other spiritual-related issues.
Fees £25 for students who seek personal therapists for their counselling course.
Fees £35 per session (concessions available).
Assessment session is free of charge.
- BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
I adhere to the BACP ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am enhanced DBS checked and have full Professional Indemnity insurance.
I have regular supervision in accordance with BACP guidelines.
I maintain regular continual professional development keeping my knowledge and skills up to date.
I practise in Nottingham. I also do online counselling. Please contact me for further details.
Sessions are 50 minutes long for all clients.
Feel free to call or email me to arrange an initial meeting. An initial meeting will be a good time for us to get to know each other and what is the best time for subsequent sessions. The initial assessment is free.
I would normally have a quick review with each client every six sessions as an ongoing process for us to make sure our conversations are on the right track.
All clients are free to finish at any time they want. It has proven to be beneficial to give informed notice before the end of the therapy relationship.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||English, Cantonese, Mandarian|
Thursday: 9am-5pm Friday: 9am-5pm
Types of client