Abigail Andrews BA Hons MBACP Couns. Dip
Welcome to Andrews Counselling. Searching for a counsellor is the first brave step towards a happier and more fulfilling life.
Most people experience difficulties in their lives, and sometimes feel that they need some extra support. I understand that counselling can feel daunting and you may be unsure if it is the right course of action for you.
What to expect in the first session...
In this session we can talk about your reasons for wanting counselling and I can give you information about how I work, so that you can decide if counselling is for you and if you would like to continue.
Where am I and what do I do.....
I operate my private practices in Loughton and South Woodford, offering both individual and couples counselling and psychotherapy. Using the person centered approach I aim to build rapport with my clients and empathise with them using a compassionate and nurturing style.
I offer a warm, comfortable, safe and non-judgmental environment, where you can speak freely in a confidential setting. My aim is to help support clients in bringing back the happiness, confidence, normality and strength to their lives.
I have had a diverse mix of experiences working with many different types of issues, and in particular, working with people who have suffered extreme physical and emotional abuse.
I also have experience working with vulnerable and challenging children and teenagers, both in schools and in an agency setting.
I believe that each client is unique. As a therapist, I am able to offer you a flexible approach, where together we can discover what works best for you, and build a relationship, within which we can explore your difficulties together.
As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy I agree to a code of ethics for good practice and I am subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure.
Training, qualifications & experience
My work with children and teenagers....
I currently work in my local community, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 who have been excluded from mainstream education and are looking to get back into employment, training or education.
I offer them help and advice and assist them in rebuilding their lives through strengthening their confidence and self belief.
I also run a youth club for children aged 12 to 16, which offers young people a safe and comfortable place to go, where they can get away from the stresses of school and home life.
I am passionate about working with young people and I believe that their mental health is as important as their physical health.
In addition to my youth work, I also have extensive experience of counselling adults who have experienced addiction, trauma, rape and extreme emotional and physical abuse.
I have a BA hons degree in Cultural Studies.
CPCAB Level Four Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
CPCAB Level Three Certificate in Counselling Studies.
CPCAB Level Two Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Certificate in Counselling Skills.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.
I have full public liability insurance.
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
How many sessions.....
In the initial session, we can begin to get to know each other and you can start to talk about some of the reasons why you have chosen to seek help.
If you feel you would like to have counselling together, we can arrange either a number of sessions you would like to attend, (often useful if you are looking to resolve particular issues), or we can arrange for long-term open-ended therapy, which can be useful if you are looking to work on more general life issues.
Open-ended therapy finishes when you feel the time is right for you to bring it to a close, whether you choose short or long-term therapy, however long you choose to continue is up to you.
Regular counselling sessions....
Regular counselling sessions are usually weekly, they take place at the same time, on the same day, and last for fifty minutes. Sessions are available at £45 per session, and £70 per session applies for couples therapy.
Student and low income rates...
I offer reduced rates of £25 per session for students or those on low income and benefits.
Lily House is well placed for public transport being conveniently located just 5 minutes walk from the central line station at South Woodford and a few minutes walk to the nearest bus stop.
There is free parking for up to 2 hours in the supermarket over the road, in addition to street parking outside the centre.
My Loughton practice is a 5 minute walk to Loughton Central Line station and 2 minutes to the nearest bus stop (20). There is also available parking.
Research has shown how important the relationship is between you and your therapist, so it is important you find someone you can work with and trust.