Andrea Lawrence MBACP
Hello. My name is Andrea and I provide long term or short term counselling for adults and young people in Teddington, Twickenham, Hampton and surrounding areas.
You may have been feeling stressed, anxious or depressed for a while, or maybe you have experienced a significant loss or perhaps you are going through a period of change and not knowing what to do or feeling that no-one understands.
How counselling can help
Talking to someone in a safe, non judgemental, confidential setting can help. It can feel daunting talking to a counsellor about your innermost thoughts and feelings, especially for the first time. My aim is to help make your counselling experience easier for you, by supporting you through difficult times and by helping you to make sense of why you think and feel the way you do. We can explore what has brought you to counselling, looking at how your past experiences are affecting your present, leading to change and a greater understanding of yourself.
I have worked with clients who have come to counselling for help with issues such as loss (including job loss, relationship breakdown, sense of identity and bereavement) and the impact of it, depression, anxiety, trauma, long term/ongoing health conditions, stress and painful childhood experiences.
Understanding yourself and why you feel the way you do can be life-changing. It can lead to feeling empowered to make different choices, breaking down the barriers and living the life you want to live.
I believe that it is the relationship between client and counsellor that creates the conditions for change and therefore I offer a warm, friendly, supportive and calm environment for us to work together on whatever is troubling you and I will be by your side throughout. We will have time and a safe space to build a trusting relationship, giving you the confidence to be able to speak openly and freely without fear, shame or guilt.
As an integrative relational counsellor, I work flexibly and collaboratively drawing from different therapeutic approaches, which enables me to tailor the therapy taking into consideration your individual needs and unique experiences.
What to do now
If you would like to ask any questions or book an initial session, you can contact me via email. If you would then like to go ahead with meeting, the initial 50 minute session will give you the opportunity to experience a session, get a sense of how we could work together and see how it feels for you without having any pressure to book further sessions. We can talk about what has brought you to counselling at this point in your life and look at what you would like to get from counselling. If we then decide that we will work together, we would meet for a 50 minute session each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
In addition to my private practice, I have volunteered as a counsellor for carers who are caring for partners and family members with life-limiting illnesses, addictions and mental health conditions. I have also volunteered as a bereavement counsellor for children, young people and adults. I also work with parents and communities in children's bereavement.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £60 per session. Each session lasts 50 minutes.
Both rooms are easily accessible using public transport.
There are parking spaces outside or near both locations.