Andrea Rabias BA Hons, Dip. Couns, Reg, MBACP
I am a qualified counsellor based in both Ockendon and Hornchurch. I have a wide range of experience working in various settings with children, adolescence, adults and couples.
I work to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to explore and identify your difficulties, at a pace that is comfortable to you. Whatever you are going through we can work together to help you make sense of your experiences.
I use an Integrative approach which means that I have trained in various models of therapy. These include Humanistic, CBT, Psychodynamic and TA. I decided to train in this way as it enables me to offer alternative methods of helping and allows me to adapt my approach to suit your individual needs and circumstances. I believe that therapy is not about telling you what to do, it is about nurturing your personal growth, becoming self-aware and guiding you so you are able to find your own solutions and make positive changes.
I am a relational counsellor and the essence of my approach is empathic understanding and emotional connection with my clients. Some clients have attended their first session expecting it to be quite formal, which they soon realise it isn’t. There are no airs and graces. It is important that we are comfortable with each other, and can build a trusting therapeutic relationship. A lot of us put on masks and put up barriers to the external world, but in the counselling room you are free to be yourself. I will not judge you and I will accept you as you are. Your feelings are real and valid, and will be acknowledged in our counselling space.
I decided to become a counsellor due to the difficulties I have experienced in my personal life. Counselling helped me to understand myself, and I became aware of how my thoughts and feelings impacted my mood and behaviours. It taught me that I had the ability to change which was extremely empowering. I knew from then on that I wanted to help others achieve their potential.
I appreciate that making the decision to seek help can feel overwhelming and exhausting, especially when you are experiencing emotional pain. The stigma attached to mental health can leave you feeling judged or that there is something wrong with you. Therapy can offer you the space to unload the stresses of life in which you can experience being heard. It can help you to heal and provide you with the tools so you are able to help yourself in the future.
I also work with children from the ages of 5-18. I work in primary, secondary schools as well as an agency setting. I currently run a social inclusion project for young people that are in, or are leaving the social care system. The participants of the group have a range of difficulties and are from diverse backgrounds. I offer support with many social issues: domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, gang involvement to name a few. Within this role I also offer mentoring and coaching as well as emotional support.
The most important aspect of working with children and young people is to ensure that they feel safe and secure. Trust is vital! Therefore, my first aim is to build a relationship with them so they feel comfortable and safe. Once this has been established we can then begin to explore their inner world. I have also worked with children and young people with additional needs such as, Adhd, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism.
Being supported, valued and understood can lead to new ways of understanding yourself. Establishing and setting therapeutic goals can help you to identify what you hope to achieve or accomplish. The space that I offer is yours for 50 minutes. In that time I aim to help you to understand what is causing and maintaining your difficulties, as this is important for healing and to move forward. I will be led by your needs and will always be honest and transparent with you. Together we will find new ways of dealing with the challenges you are facing.
I realise that it can be difficult to make the initial contact with a counsellor. Therefore, I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation so you are able to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you. Alternatively, you can email or text me if that feels more comfortable.
I am also able to offer any schools a counselling, mentoring or coaching package. Please contact me for further discussion.
Telephone or online therapy is also available.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to my private practice, my professional experience includes counselling the elderly or disabled in their homes, counselling children in primary, secondary and in an agency setting. I also run groups for a social inclusion project, working with young people that are in, or are leaving the care system. This includes mentoring, coaching and emotional support.
I am registered with the DBS update service and have an enhanced up to date DBS.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to their ethical framework and attend monthly supervision for all of my counselling and mentoring work.
I have completed various safeguarding and child protection training and my certificates are up to date. I attend regular CPD workshops and have attended the following so far -
- Child protection
- Safeguarding children
- Art and Play therapy
- Internet safety for children
- The abused and the abuser
- J9 training (Domestic abuse)
- Self harm and suicide
- ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
- Rewind Therapy (Trauma)
- Living with the dominator
- Drugs and alcohol - Impact on families
- Children and young people's mental health
- How to do counselling online- a coronavirus primer
I hold the following professional qualifications -
- BA Honours degree in Person Centred/Existential counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in integrative counselling
- Level 2 certificate in counseling skills and theory AQA
- Registered member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40- Standard fee for individual 50 minute session.
£60 - Standard fee for counselling 90 minute session.
£60 - Standard fee for couples 50 minute session.
Student rates and concessions available on request.
School package prices available after further discussion.
Available days, evenings and weekends
I am happy to attend schools for one to one counselling, mentoring or coaching sessions.
I am also able to offer mentoring and coaching private sessions. Please contact me to discuss.
I am able to offer discounted sessions for telephone and Zoom sessions at this time.