Andrea Firth (LLB CPCAB Dip MBACP) Relationship Counsellor
As an experienced Relate trained counsellor, I offer relationship counselling to couples and individuals, irrespective of relationship status and inclusive of all sexualities. I understand that asking for help and support can feel like a big step to take, and that many clients might feel nervous about what to expect. In recognition of this, it is my aim to provide a counselling relationship that is relaxed, supportive and down-to earth.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having trained with Relate, my area of expertise is relationships – but you don’t have to be in a relationship for counselling to beneficial. I can offer to support to people who are considering the future of their relationship or struggling with their new reality following a separation or divorce.
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
Many couples tell me they have ‘grown apart’, that there is a distance between them and they need help to ‘get the spark back’. It is common to feel that life has gotten in the way and that your relationship just doesn’t feel the same anymore.
A variety of issues such as infidelity, trust, parenting styles, sex and intimacy and the dynamic of managing home and family life can really compound the feeling of ‘stuckness’, leaving couples in a cycle of negative communication where very little is resolved.
In the role of counsellor, I see myself as a ‘tour guide’ –and while we explore your relationship, I can offer different perspectives and alternative strategies to help get things back on track. I can offer you a safe, calm and non-judgemental space while we talk about the issues that are presenting as challenges in your life.
Contact me if you’d like to have an informal chat about how I can help.