Andrea Lawton BA (Hons); PGCE; MSc; Registered MBACP
Are you struggling alone with a problem, or feeling stuck in unhelpful patterns of behaviour? I will work sensitively and honestly with you to support you in what you are going through. I am a Person Centred Counsellor and Integrative Practitioner, based in South Manchester. I have worked with people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, addictions, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, work-related stress, ill health, bereavement, family issues and many other life and mental health concerns.
I am an accepting, open-minded and honest person. Beginning counselling may feel quite daunting, and I will help you to feel safe and to be someone you can trust. My approach is Person Centred, so we will look at whatever is important to you. Feeling accepted and understood can increase confidence and self-acceptance, healing old wounds. A non-judgemental relationship can also help you to get a clearer sense of what's troubling you and the right way to move forward with it. People often find that through exploration of their experiences they can come to trust their judgment. I work with clients with warmth, patience and compassion. It is my belief that we are all unique and complex beings with a potential for growth.
It is quite common to feel 'stuck' with a problem - no matter how much we think or talk about it, it doesn't seem to change. Or we may have a sense that there is something about the whole issue that we have not yet grasped. At these times, it can help to pay attention to what is going on inside us in a particular way. I can help you with a process called Focusing, which involves slowing down, listening in to your own experience to see what needs attention and to learn from your own inner wisdom. This approach is based on the idea that when we can be with our feelings just as they are, they are then able to change, allowing us to move through difficult feelings rather than being stuck in them or avoiding them. Being with these feelings can show us that when we get to know the problem, the solution is also within our reach. Focusing can also help you to relate to yourself more compassionately and supportively and can give you the tools to remember and use yourself after therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a highly qualified and experienced practitioner, holding an MSc in Counselling Psychology (Keele University). I hold a first degree in English and History, and a PGCE in primary education. I am responsible, professional and work with integrity. I abide by the BACP professional body's Ethical Framework.
I have a long-standing interest in mental health and well-being in all age groups and cross-sections of society. I have completed many hours as a volunteer counsellor, working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive conditions, symptoms of bipolar, hearing voices, 'borderline personality disorder', psychosis and trauma. Mental health issues are still something people can be made to feel ashamed of and I commit to seeing you as a whole person, not defined by your problems. Mental health issues, may be a result of difficult life experiences, and I can support you as you explore them. I have worked with many survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. I also work as a counsellor for a bereavement charity, and am able to offer support and counselling in many areas of complex grief, including suicide and life-changing illness.
I have a passion for working with children and young people, and have extensive experience of working as a teacher. I completed my Masters' thesis on the subject of Attachment Theory, and have a special interest in how early attachment patterns can affect our adult relationships, and strongly believe in the possibility of the healing which comes about through 'earned secure attachment'; which is something I believe can be achieved through the therapeutic relationship. I hold enhanced and updated DBS certificates for working with both vulnerable adults and children and have completed safe-guarding training for work with children.
I continue to be research active, and recently held a workshop in Meditation and mindfulness at the 2018 Keele University Counselling (Research and Practice) Conference.
I am committed to non-discriminatory practice and welcome diversity. People from minority groups are often marginalised and I will work to ensure I do not contribute to this.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
£40 per 50 minute session
Short Introductory Session free of charge
I also offer one slot a week for a reduced fee for those on a low income, or students; please enquire for availability.
Accessibility: There is a flight of stairs where I work, so wheelchair access is not possible. Please mention if you have a mobility restriction when you contact me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Week days and some evenings
Types of client