Andrea Grahame

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Stanmore, HA7
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

If we are struggling in life we can feel alone and not good about ourselves. I provide a caring, supportive and non judgmental space and together we can make sense of what you are going through. Our valuing of ourselves grows from being heard and understood.

The impact of the Coronavirus has added additional pressures and challenges to individuals, families, and on relationships and is forcing us to find ways of coping. This will be affecting each individual in a very unique way, and present individual challenges. The uncertainty of the situation will be having an affect on everyone, and finding ways to stabilise at this time is becoming more and more important. I will explore with you how you are feeling at the moment, and how this situation is impacting on you, and how you would like to move forwards.

Our work together will look at how you understand your life and relationships, which can lead to deeper understanding, self acceptance, and a valuing of who you are. I believe that our past experiences can have an impact on how we live now and that sometimes understanding this can lead to changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and how we feel about ourselves and others. I have also found that healing can happen, through working with how you are experiencing your life right now.

I work with adults in short-term and long-term counselling. I work integratively, drawing from psycho-dynamic, person-centred, somatic trauma therapy, and play therapy, depending on what feels most helpful with each client.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Psychology, University of California Los Angeles 1984
Certificate in Counselling, University of Hertfordshire 2002
PGDiploma in Counselling, University of Hertfordshire 2004
Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills 2007

Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy (2012-2013)

BACP Accredited 2010

Other Training includes: Depression, Self-Harm, Sexual Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Aspergers, ADHD, Cultural Difference and Diversity,
Short-Term Focused Therapy, Adolescent Mental Health, Working with Suicidal Clients, Self Esteem and Trauma.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • On-line Counselling
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Coronavirus Anxiety

Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Sessions are £60

Some concessions are available for clients on low income and Key Workers

Our first meeting will give us an opportunity to meet and talk about how you are feeling at the moment and your situation. We can discuss if you would like to continue with more sessions and consider short-term or long-term counselling. Counselling is a personal experience and the relationship between each client and each counsellor is unique to them only.

As it is very hard to know what a counsellor is like, I am very happy for you to contact me with any questions you may have.

When I work

I am available for on-line and telephone counselling.

Further information

Sometimes clients come to counselling with a specific issue they want to address. By focusing on this they can gain a better understanding of what is going on and develop ways of approaching the problem that can be helpful in making a change.

Other clients can come to counselling after battling difficulties for years, having tried various ways of addressing problems but finding themselves still struggling. Perhaps the difficulties have gone away temporarily but then came back or re-emerged in some other form or another part of their lives. Other times, clients come without a clear idea of what is wrong, but have struggled with feelings of depression and anxiety or other feelings which have made life difficult and won't go away.

In a counselling relationship, it is possible to reach areas of ourselves that are not consciously known to us, or in our awareness, and therefore, are hard to reach on our own. Through the relationship with a counsellor these areas can emerge, at the pace of the client, and be sensitively observed and known about. And through this process change can become possible.

A valuable experience that can come out of counselling is when change just 'happens' without the client having to think about it.

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

Online

I offer psycho-dynamic, person-centred and trauma focussed Supervision to support you to be grounded, contained and develop your clinical practice.

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Andrea Grahame
Andrea Grahame