Andrea Andrews Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
Are you struggling with life, feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Are you having relationship difficulties or have suffered a loss? Are you experiencing illness, low self-esteem or loneliness? You may be unclear of exactly what is troubling you, we can explore this together.
I can offer you a safe, confidential space to bring whatever you need or want to explore. You may want to see me on an open-ended basis to explore things at depth, or you may only want a limited amount of sessions to work through something that feels difficult in the present, I welcome both.
I am an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist and accredited, registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. For over 13 years I have enjoyed co-creating and developing many unique therapeutic relationships. I have an established private practice in Birmingham and also see clients in a private therapy room in Stourbridge town centre.
I firmly believe that for counselling/psychotherapy to work, it is crucial to have a safe and respectful relationship in which you can be yourself without fear of judgement. I believe the relationship is key and trust that when we meet, you will sense whether or not I feel like the right counsellor/psychotherapist for you. In the meantime, should you want to know more about my approach, experience and qualifications please read on.
The relationship I offer you is a human one, a person to person relationship. We can talk about what you hope to gain from counselling/psychotherapy and I will work in a flexible and creative way to meet your needs as best I can.
My approach is to value you as a whole person. I would welcome all of you: your feelings, thoughts, beliefs, experiences, embodied process and behaviours. I would explore what is happening for you in the here and now whilst holding in awareness that our present is often influenced by our past. Although we can’t change the past, a containing therapeutic relationship could support you to work through and understand the impact of your past experiences. This can make a difference to how you feel in the present and how you move forward in the future. I would be alongside you to raise your self-awareness and support you to explore your feelings, thoughts and internal conflict. We could explore the choices you make and how you feel about yourself and relate to others. My experience shows me that increased self-awareness allows us to make different, more satisfying choices and live more fully.
I work on the basis that every person I meet was born with the resources to realise their potential and thrive. Each one of us deserves to be seen, heard, respected and valued. When these human needs are met, we are more likely to flourish. It is often the case that these needs are not met. When this happens we may feel unsupported, unaccepted, confused, isolated, overwhelmed, embarrassed, angry and out of touch with our own resources. When this continues life can seem very challenging indeed. A supportive, collaborative therapeutic relationship can provide the best conditions for us to reconnect with the resources and unique creativity we were born with. This can lead to greater self-support, acceptance, resilience and potential to thrive and live a happier more satisfying life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Accreditation
- BACP Certificate of Registration
- Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
Continuous Professional Development Training and Workshops in
- Roots & Identity
- Love & Intimacy
- Words & Poetry in Therapy
- Couples training in Attachment & Loss
- Couples Training in Sex & Sexuality
- Relational Mindfulness
- Relational Trauma; Attachment and Healthy Relationships
- The Link Between Rage & Shame
- Taking, Holding & Letting Go
- Transactional Analysis
- Trauma & The Body (Dissociation and Somatisation)
- Relationally Focussed Integrative Psychotherapy
- Relational Living Body Psychotherapy
- Anger, Rage and Relationship
- Clinical Applications of the Healing Tasks (for working with adult survivors of childhood abuse)
- Mental Health Awareness
I am an accredited and registered counsellor/psychotherapist with over 11 years experience. Since 2008 I have been in private practice with prior experience working within a mental health organisation. I am experienced at working on an open-ended basis or short-term basis and also with EAP clients.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- My usual charge is £45 per session. I have some places at a reduced rate but availability is limited.
I am an accredited & registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework.