Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. My name is Andrea and I am a qualified Counsellor and Outdoor Therapist offering you a warm, empathic and compassionate approach to therapy. I offer face to face; walk and talk; online and phone sessions.
I work from my garden summerhouse, the local countryside and my own local allotment.
I offer either short or long term sessions, incorporating mindfulness, animal assisted therapy and horticultural therapy. I'm here to listen to you, support you and empower you to improve your wellbeing.
I have great respect for anyone who recognises they are struggling and decides to embark upon their therapy journey. To ask for help takes courage and you've taken the first step by searching for support.
My offer to you is time and space, confidential and non judgemental in its nature. An opportunity for you to explore your world in a way that keeps you right at the centre. You get to choose your pace and your style of therapy in order to facilitate your autonomy.
I offer a wide selection of therapy from indoor face to face sessions in my summerhouse; walk and talk sessions in the local countryside; animal assisted sessions with my dog Harry; outdoor therapy at my allotment; phone or online sessions, thus giving you a variety of choice. Being outdoors in nature can support you in accessing the words, language and metaphor to delve deeper into difficult feelings that may arise.
I offer a free 20 minute confidential phone call for you to discuss what you are looking for and to gain further insight and information to make an informed choice.
Whether that is sessions up at an allotment digging whilst talking through feelings, or walking alongside a canal using the water and surroundings as metaphor.
Or it may be that we bring along Harry my dog for animal assisted therapy sessions. These sessions support a client in many ways. We can sit alongside Harry whilst talking or walk together whilst Harry remains on the lead as part of the session. Harry has a very calming nature and is sensitive to each individuals needs. I am qualified to incorporate Harry within sessions after having completed my canine assisted therapy training.
However you choose to go forwards it will always be at your pace and in surroundings that meet your needs. Nature can heal and nurture and I draw on all of our surroundings to support your journey.
I look forward to hearing from you to discuss your needs.
Please do contact me also with regard to bespoke tailormade sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked for 30 years in a number of settings including Social Services and a wide variety of other agencies. I worked with and alongside individuals who had learning disabilities, severe mental health diagnosis, physical disabilities and neurodiverse individuals.
I worked with service users and clients who were deemed to have 'challenging behaviour'. This taught me the importance of understanding the meaning of challenging behaviour along with how to respond and support.
We all react and respond to situations and others in our own unique way. I pride myself on accepting all individuals as they present themselves at any given time. I work with a wide range of clients and am an inclusive therapist working with difference and diversity.
Compassion and understanding are very much at the core of who I am and how I work with my clients.
I have spent the last 4 years building my private practise alongside working as a volunteer counsellor in my local hospice.
Within the hospice I have supported both children and adults whilst their family members were navigating life limiting conditions. I also worked with clients pre and post bereavement within the hospice.
This is an area I have grown from and am passionate about working in.
More recently I have supported members of the NHS and frontline workers by facilitating Nature Connection sessions. Here I have incorporated mindfulness techniques along with group excersises to focus on wellbeing and self care.
This is an area I enjoy and offer as a separate service alongside counselling. Please feel free to enquire about my Nature connection sessions and group work.
Training and Qualifications
- Level 4 CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling - 2019 - Aylesbury College
- Level 3 CPCAB Counselling Studies - 2017 - Aylesbury College
- Level 2 CPCAB Counselling Skills - 2015 - Aylesbury CollegeWork
- Working with those facing loss in bereavement and end of life care - Hospice of St Francis
- Dealing with distress - working with suicide and self harm - PODS
- Taking Therapy outside - Understanding Therapeutic practice in outdoor natural spaces - Hayley Marshall
- Canine Assisted Therapy - Sarah Urwin
- Shinrin Yoko - Forest Bathing - Practitioner Training - Nature and Therapy UK
- Working at Relational depth - Mick Cooper
- Working with the Inner child - Langley Therapy
- Level 2 Safeguarding Adults and Children - Hospice of St Francis
- 8 week Mindfullness based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £50.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone session
Free 20 min initial phone call
Individual sessions - online or phone £50 per 60 mins
Outdoor walk and talk - £50 per 60 mins or £75 per 90 mins
I offer bespoke eco and Nature connection sessions to individuals and groups - fee to be agreed upon consultation
Outdoor Walk and Talk sessions - working from a number of locations, sessions run for either 60 mins or 90 mins. Each location offers the opportunity to connect with nature or simply to be in a space that facilitates the processing of thoughts and emotions through walking. Walk and talk sessions enable me to walk alongside my clients which for those who struggle with eye contact is particularly important.
I also offer bespoke sessions to clients wanting an alternative to conventional counselling that takes place in a room. All sessions are risk assessed with individual client agreements drawn up and are subject to change. Examples of the types of sessions include horticultural therapy taking place at my allotment; working with clients in their own homes who are navigating issues with hoarding; animal assisted therapy with my dog Harry; supporting clients to become more independent.
Please contact me to discuss your requirements further
I am fully insured and have a current enhanced DBS