Andrea Pafford

Andrea Pafford

Truro And Surrounding Areas


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Truro And Surrounding Areas


About me

Life is a journey with the only certainty being change, often the changes we experience aren’t easy or even made by choice and can impact us in many ways.

I believe in the humanistic principle that you are unique and have the ability to discover your own solutions in a non-judgemental and supportive environment. I am a fully qualified Person Centred counsellor who works with respect for my clients, providing a safe and confidential space for you to explore the issues you face with me. You won't be told what to do but I will support you whilst you consider your options and come to your own decisions.

I’ve gained a breadth of experience counselling clients working through issues of:

  • bereavement and ill health
  • gambling and alcohol addiction
  • self-harm
  • anger
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • sexuality
  • gender identity
  • relationships
  • physical
  • sexual and domestic abuse.

I also welcome clients who need someone to talk to when presented with life limiting diagnosis, end of life decisions. I also welcome carers who are facing challenging situations and need additional support.

More about how I work:

I have a therapy room in the centre of Truro but will secure a room elsewhere for clients unable to access this. I’m a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBCAP) working ethically and with regular supervision towards Accreditation. I’m fully insured and have a current enhanced DBS check as I mentor university students and counsel young people for a local charity in addition to my private practice.

Self-care is very important to me and part of my life since moving to Cornwall.  I find being outside walking the beaches and countryside therapeutic especially with the company of my young dog. Spending time with my family and friends is very important and I practice yoga and meditation for the peace it brings me.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Person Centred 2015
  • Certificate of proficiency
  • PGCE Greenwich University 2005
  • BA Hons Degree Psychology - Open University 1992


  • Volunteer as a young persons counsellor - KOOTH 2018- ongoing
  • Co-Tutor L4 Counselling Course CPCAB 2017-ongoing
  • Teacher of L5 L3 Counselling Courses 2015-2016;
  • Peer Support Trainer and Supervisor - Southampton University 2015-16
  • Portsmouth Counselling Service post qualification 2015-16
  • 2013-15 Voluntary work with Gamcare Southampton; The Bereavement Charity Petersfield; Young persons counsellor at Havant College, Hants;


  • Safeguarding young people 11 years + - 9 hours KOOTH 2018
  • 10 hours training as volunteer for KOOTH 2018
  • Compassion Focused Therapy dealing with Trauma - 24 hours Dr Deborah Lee 2017
  • Child sexual exploitation and abuse - 21 hours CISter's registered charity 2017
  • MHFA lite course - Southampton University 2016
  • Trauma and the body: Somatisation and Dissociation - PODS 6 hours 2015
  • Abuse - what, when how to respond - Portsmouth Counselling service 2015
  • Working with Problem Gambling  - 12 hours Gamcare Southampton 2014
  • Bereavement Training - 30 hours The Bereavement Counselling Charity 2013

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


I offer a free half hour for us to meet and ensure we both feel comfortable to work together. I charge £45 per session but concessions are available.

Maps & Directions

Truro And Surrounding Areas, TR1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No

If you require wheelchair access I will find a venue where that is possible.


I now have availability Monday and Thursday's and can offer counselling appointments daytime and evenings at the moment.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults