Andrea Sartor, MSc - HCPC reg. Counselling Psychologist
Hi, my name is Andrea Sartor and I am an experienced Counselling Psychologist and a qualified Marriage and Family therapist both in England and in California. I am originally from California and trained to become a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist while I was living in the States. When I moved to London I transferred my Marriage and Family Therapist License, my credentials, and all of my experience to the Health and Care Professions Council and they registered me as a Counselling Psychologist.
I have over 15 years of working in the mental health industry. My experience includes study, evidence-based research training, and clinical practice consulting clients of all ages with various needs and different backgrounds. I have been blessed with the opportunity of working as a therapist and a psychologist in two countries and spent the last three years living in Europe and working in London to build up my private practice.
I have lived in London for 4 years now and have spent the first two years working with inpatient and outpatient clients at The Priory hospital in North London and at the Priory Wellbeing Centre on Fenchurch street in Central London.
I've spent the last year branching out on my own and building up a successful private practice in various office locations in Central London.
My practice was born from the desire to help people feel empowered, fulfilled, and joyful in their lives. I strive to help my clients find happiness through humour and positive thinking and I always meet them where they are and what they are working on. One of the most effective therapeutic models that I provide to my clients is Dialectic Behavioural Therapy skills.
DBT is a type of skill-based therapy that focuses on four vital areas of mental health. These areas include distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. I also incorporate creative therapeutic interventions using art and music to help my clients explore and strengthen their authentic selves so that they can create a life worth living.
I specialize in treating adults and couples and I use an eclectic approach to assessment, diagnosis, and counselling. I have specialized training and experience in providing therapy from the following approaches: DBT, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), person-centred, gestalt, art, play, music, psychodynamic, narrative, emotionally focused, solution-focused, behavioural, attachment-based, and teaching mindfulness. I also have extensive experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, phobia, eating disorders, learning disabilities, trauma-related issues, and other complex mental health disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered with numerous professional bodies, including the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC, PYL 35436) and the Board of Behavioural Science of California (LMFT 103929). I went to school in Salt Lake City Utah and attended a private liberal arts college to earn my BSc degree in Psychology and then went to a private college to obtain my MSc degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. After college, I moved to San Francisco California, and trained to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Recently, I was featured in Cosmopolitan UK (https://bit.ly/35b3loj) to discuss the harmful effects of excessive alcohol use and how it can fabricate sexual dysfunction. It was such a lovely experience to contribute to this fantastic article and I am so excited to have my name and company featured in Cosmopolitan. I remember reading these kinds of articles when I was a teen and I always learned so much about wellness and psychology and now I am an expert giving content to these articles. In this particular editorial, I discuss the harmful risks that excessive alcohol use can have on your body's natural ability to enjoy sex and in extreme cases can cause sexual dysfunction. It also discusses the impact of alcohol intoxication and how it can affect the ability for someone to give proper consent when engaging in "Drunk Intoxicated Sex." I hope you enjoy this read and you are able to learn something new because knowledge is power.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone or online session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
If you would like to see me as a private client fees vary depending on whether clients decide to book an online session or an in-person one, or whether or not the session is for a couple. Please reach out to know more details about this.
For insurance clients I'm currently registered with AXA PPP, BUPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Vitality.
Monday to Friday between 10 am and 8 pm.
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