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UKCP, MBACP (Snr Accred), TSTA(P), CTA, BABCP Accred, MA MSc

About me

My Passion and Identity

As a psychotherapist, counsellor, supervisor and trainer, I am passionate about emancipation and freedom.  My practice is characterised by offering you a space - online or face-to-face or outdoors - where you can discover your identity and regain a sense of autonomy and connectedness.  I seek to support my clients to move from a place of feeling perhaps lost and alienated to a position where they feel connected to themselves, to others and to the ground upon which they walk.

Depth of Experience

I have been a psychotherapist for over twenty years now, and have a significant private practice in Horsforth, LS18 which was established in 2008.  I not only offer therapy but also offer clinical supervision to other counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners.  I am also Director of Training at TA Training Organisation, a masters-level training programme for therapists.

Location of the Practice - indoors, outdoors or online

"The Horsforth Centre for Psychotherapy" is a specialist therapy building, opened in 2008 and offers five, finely appointed private counselling or training rooms as well as refreshments and discreet toilets.  The centre has around 10 practitioners working from it, all highly qualified and self-employed.

We have a discreet waiting room, magazines and tea/coffee available on arrival.  We have our own car park or easy street parking is available on Low Lane.

I have many years experience of working online with clients by video and phone, as well as face-to-face.  I also offer Eco-Therapy and experiences of working outdoors and in nature.

Professional Background

My initial training was as a counsellor, focussing on humanistic and person-centred ways of working.  My training was especially interested in the therapeutic relationship and how the relationship between the therapist and the client can be used to offer warmth, support and deep clinical and psychological change.

I went on to train as a psychotherapist and became a Certified Transactional Analyst.  I am now a senior member of the Transactional Analysis (TA) community in the UK and have held roles such as being a council member of UKATA, a chair of local and national conferences and was awarded a UKATA medal in 2018 for services to the UK TA community.

I am now a senior trainer and supervisor and the Director of Training for the TA Training Organisation which is based in Leeds and trains psychotherapists in their career and development to qualification.  I supervise many counsellors and psychotherapists and mental health wellbeing practitioners.

I have worked in the NHS for many years as a Senior Group Therapist and then as a CBT Therapist and Tertiary Level Psychotherapist.  I am very interested in mental health presentations.

In the past, I worked in education and the corporate world as an account manager and then developed as a therapeutic and learning coach in the working world.

My time now is spent working passionately as a psychotherapist and supervisor and trainer as well as doing some professional writing for publication.

People whom I work with

I work with "people" not "problems" - so most of all I am interested in your individual humanity, in you as a person and especially your narrative or "story".  What has happened in your life and what is going on right now that might be causing you distress?  Together we will work on areas that interest you, as well as the meanings you are making in your life.

That said, I am very familiar with working with different presentations of anxiety, depression, sexual identities, gender identities, problems and difficulties at work or with academic studies.  I don't work with young children but I do work with adolescents, young adults and grown-ups.

I am very interested in working with corporate and business people and supporting them through difficult corporate change processes.

I offer warm, supportive counselling as well as focussed change work and psychotherapy.

Types of Therapy Offered

  • Trauma-focussed therapies
  • CBT - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Humanistic Counselling
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Psychodynamic-informed Psychotherapy
  • Pluralistic Approaches to Therapy

Signing Off...

I am informed by the ethical principles of Transactional Analysis:

  • Commitment in Relationship
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Empowerment
  • Protection

These ethical principles I see as being relevant to you, to me, to the shared world in which we exist and to the psychotherapeutic profession as a whole.  I am far from perfect, and look forward to working in a vibrant relationship with you where you are free to see my humanity and vulnerabilities... and I have consent from you to work with your processes.

It is my hope that we, in working together, would offer each other these qualities and principles.  I work very hard to keep a keen and sharp edge as a therapist and to offer excellence in my practice. I would be glad to hear from you if this sounds the right direction for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have held an advanced Diploma in counselling for many years and am accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists as a Senior Accredited Member.  I am also on their approved register as a Registered Counsellor.

I am a qualified psychotherapist, holding a masters degree in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. As a psychotherapist, I hold registration with UKCP as well as UKATA. Psychotherapy training takes approximately 6 years and includes many hours of personal therapy.

I hold the professional title of TSTA(P) - meaning that I am a senior trainer and supervisor within the TA world and am qualified to train and supervise others in their practice.

I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Newcastle NHS and Durham University and am an accredited CBT therapist with BABCP.

I attend a rigorous programme of supervision and continuing professional development.

I have worked extensively within the NHS for many years.

I have extensive experience of working with both individuals, couples and facilitating therapy groups.  I have had the privilege of being a keynote speaker for national UK conferences with BACP, UKATA, ACC and other large organisations.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

CBT

TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS

Compulsive Sexual Behaviours including Internet Addictions, Anonymous Sexual Encounters.

Same-sex partnership difficulties

Work & Employment difficulties

Early Childhood issues

Sexual Abuse

Online Therapy

Photos & videos

Fees

£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

2022

Individuals

You are offered an initial conversation for free for 30 minutes, to discuss your needs.  This can be by phone or Zoom.  

Individual Session - £70.00 for an hour face-to-face, online, telephone, eco.

Couples & Families

Couples and Families - £85.00 for an hour

Report-writing, letters, evidence materials

Report-writing etc - £120 per hour.  The minimum charge is £60 charged by the minute after the first thirty minutes.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night
  • Online Counselling & Psychotherapy Appointments
  • Daytime and Evening appointments available Monday to Thursday.

Further information

To make contact please:

Andy Williams CTA MBACP( Snr. Accred Member) UKCP TSTA(P)
The Horsforth Centre for Psychotherapy
138 Low Lane
Horsforth
Leeds
LS18 5PX

Office 0113 258 3399
Mobile 07780 677697
E Mail newfoundationsleeds@gmail.com

Web Site: www.awpsychotherapy.co.uk

Web Site: www.thehorsforthcentre.co.uk

The Horsforth Centre for Psychotherapy has it's own car park outside as well as street parking on Low Lane LS18.

The Horsforth Centre For Psychotherapy, 138 Low Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5PX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The Horsforth Centre for Psychotherapy offers three, ground-floor rooms with no steps and large, accessible toilets. We successfully offer therapy to persons of differing abilities who navigate well in the centre.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person

I am a passionate clinical supervisor, looking to empower the practitioner and free them up to be the best therapist, practising in their own boots!

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