Hello, Im Andrea
I am a fully Qualified, very experienced counsellor and counselling supervisor. I offer one to one counselling to clients and also counselling supervision to counsellors. I provide a discreet, safe and friendly space where you will feel heard, helped and supported, to enable you to move on in a positive way.
I have worked with clients for over 28 years and have worked with a range of issues, to include:
Depression, anxiety, loss, LBGT issues, addiction, trauma, relationship problems, Identity issues, amongst many more.
I offer short term or open ended counselling, working principally psychodynamically ( looking at the whole person and acknowledging the events from the past and the effect that they have on the present).
At our first meeting , we can explore together what you are looking to achieve and together then decide which type of counselling feels most suitable for you.
Generally short term counselling is more appropriate to deal with a specific issue, whereas open ended counselling allows us to explore a wider range of issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and very experienced psychodynamic counsellor, with a WPF Diploma in Counselling through Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) and also a Degree in Psychodynamic counselling and clinical practice awarded by the University of the West of England (UWE).
I also have certificates in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural therapy) and am a Fully qualified Counselling Supervisor having achieved an Advanced Diploma in counselling supervision, plus I am accredited by the National Counselling Society.
I started my career working for 13 years in the field of addiction working as a counsellor,. I then went on to start my own counselling practice, which I have had now for 12 years. I have a great deal of experience of working with the following issues:
Loss and Bereavement
Lack of self esteem and confidence issues
Feelings around chronic illness.
Other work I am currently involved in: ......
Counsellor at Sunflowers Suicide support in Gloucestershire, working with those that have lost someone through suicide.
Counselling Supervisor at Gloucestershire Counselling Service.
I am on the National Register of competent counsellors help by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work to the BACP codes of Ethics respecting Equal Opportunities and Data Protection. I am also accredited by the National Counselling Society and I am registered with them as a Counselling Supervisor.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As I have been working one to one with clients for over 21 years I feel very confident working with a great deal of issues.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more.
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Counselling sessions cost £50 for a 50 minute weekly session
This can be at times negotiated if you are on benefits or a low income.
Sessions are face to face in Cheltenham or online, via zoom or Skype:,
TESTIMONIALS FROM CLIENTS
Andrea is the only person I have ever felt comfortable talking to about personal issues in such a short period of time.
She has a calming approach to conversation and breaks every preconceived idea of me having to lie on a couch just being asked 'how does that make you feel' she is a real and honest person and I almost felt like she could cry with me as I opened up. If you want to sit in silence Andrea won't stop you and once you begin to open up she'll guide you gently not rush you out the door.
My wife said “promise me you will see someone,
your depressed”. I also felt I wasn’t the same happy go lucky chap she had married. On top of worrying about holding down my job, I had lost my mum.
I found it unbearable being around people. The thought of seeing a counsellor filled me with utter dread. What was I going to say, what would she think. Surely there are people in worst situations than me?
My wife found Andrea on her web site. I read through her profile and thought she looked like a caring and thoughtful person. When I arrived at my first appointment I was very nervous.
I didn’t need to be, as when Andrea greeted me at the door I felt at ease.
Andrea made me look at my problems from different angles and things started to fall into place right back to my childhood. Each time I left her, a bit more weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I felt more positive and everything made more sense. It is so reassuring to know that there are people out there like Andrea to talk to. I would just like to say THANK YOU