Andrea Grahame

Stanmore, HA7
07863 349629 07863 349629 Registered / Accredited

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

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • On-line Counselling
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Coronavirus Anxiety

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Sessions are £50

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.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

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

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I am available for on-line and telephone counselling.

Types of client

Adults
Andrea Grahame

Andrea Grahame