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Hello, I'm 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 (1:1 and group). I provide a discreet, safe and friendly space in Cheltenham 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 30 years and have worked with a range of issues, to include:
Depression, anxiety, loss, low self esteem, LBGT issues, addiction, trauma, abuse, relationship problems, Identity issues, amongst many more.
I offer short term or open ended weekly 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 am also a fully qualified Counselling Supervisor having achieved an Advanced Diploma in counselling supervision, plus I am accredited by the National Counselling Society and registered with BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
I started my counselling career and specialised in the field of addiction 30 years ago. After doing this for 14 years, I then went on to do more in-depth general counselling training, which took a total of 4 years of hard study and clinical practice. After graduating, I set up my private practice , which I have had now for over 15 years. I have a great deal of experience of working with the following issues:
Loss and Bereavement
Bereavement through suicide
Lack of self esteem and confidence issues
Feelings around chronic illness.
I am on the National Register of competent counsellors held 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.
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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).
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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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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 30 years I feel very confident working with a great deal of issues.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more.
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Counselling sessions cost £60 for a 50 minute weekly session
£60 for the initial 50 minute assessment.
Supervision is £60 for an hour.
Sessions are face to face in Cheltenham or online, via zoom or Skype:,
When I work
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