Andrea Ostle

B.A. (Hons), Dip. Counselling, MBACP.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2

About me

Do you need to talk to someone about what is troubling you and to feel seen and heard for who you really are?

Do you want to understand what prevents you from being who you want to be in your life and relationships?

Perhaps you feel emotionally unsupported or carry unprocessed feelings from past events?

Or maybe you have no idea of why you feel, behave and think the way you do?

It can be difficult to take the important first step towards addressing what is concerning you and you may feel fearful about the process of counselling. I will offer you a confidential, safe and non- judgmental space to explore what has led you to seek counselling and to tell your story at your own pace. As an integrative counsellor I work in a variety of ways tailored to suit you which can include creative work or a psycho-educational approach depending on your needs and wants. We can work together to access your inherent ability to grow and move forwards towards goals and objectives you have prescribed for yourself.

I work from a pleasant and peaceful room which is part of a small practice of counsellors.  It is conveniently located in the historic Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells.

Before our first session it will be beneficial to have a brief introductory phone call which is free.  The first session will then take the form of an assessment which gives me a chance to get to know you and some of your background and reasons for coming to counselling. It also gives you the chance to decide if you would like to work with me. Unlike a normal session  it will require me to ask you questions and fill out paperwork whilst listening to your concerns.

Each session, including the initial first session assessment, is 50 minutes and will take place at the same time each week. I recommend signing up for an initial six sessions which will give you a sense of how you are progressing. Occasionally 3 sessions may be more suitable to start with, and we can discuss this as part of your requirements during your initial assessment. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • University of Sheffield BA (Hons).
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - Wealden Institute of Psychology.
  • Diploma in Counselling (BACP Accredited)- Wealden Institute of Psychology.
  • Bereavement Counselling Certificate/Volunteer Counsellor - St Michaels Hospice,  Hastings. (2015-2017). 
  • Employed Counsellor and Assessor  (plus some voluntary work)  - Counselling Plus, Hastings,    (2016-present). 
  • Tutor Support for Counselling Training at Dunamis, Crowborough (2020-present). 
  • TA101 Certificate -  Wealden Institute (2015). 
  • Certificate in Couples Work  - Dunamis, Crowborough (2020). 

    Additional CPD training/workshops have included amongst others: Introductory and Advanced CBT, Sexual Health, Working with Attachment, Using Sand-Tray Therapy,  Trauma and Disassociation. 

Member organisations

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.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I charge:

£30 for the first session assessment.

£50 per individual session. 

£60 per Couples Counselling session ( £30 for the initial assessment).

£40 concessionary rate. 

All sessions are 50 minutes. 

Availability

I am currently not available for weekend appointments . 

51-55 The Pantiles
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

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.

Andrea Ostle

Andrea Ostle