Andrea Sheargold MA Integrative Psychotherapy, MBACP Registered
I am a professional counsellor and offer a warm, supportive and confidential counselling environment. I have particular experience of working with people with depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.
I have been inspired over the last 15 years to train and practice as a counsellor by difficulties I have experienced and worked through in my own life. My personal journey and training have encouraged me that there is always reason for hope, even in our most difficult days and that we can come through to brighter times and a fuller life.
How counselling can help
Counselling can help at various times in our lives. Many come for counselling when they are coping with a crisis or working through grief and loss. Others come because they are struggling with feelings they have battled with for a long time, like not being good enough, stress, anxiety or depression and hopelessness.
Many clients really value this weekly space, dedicated to them, to step back and reflect and to make sense of what they are experiencing. They find that it can help them to cope better day to day, increase their confidence and self worth and bring about long-lasting change in relationships.
After gaining a professional certificate and diploma in counselling I completed a Masters degree in Integrative Psychotherapy. I work as an Integrative counsellor which means that I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, person-centred, cognitive (CBT) and spiritually-attuned therapy.
I am a member of two widely recognised professional bodies, the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC). I am also registered with the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists which is accredited by the UK Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy (LST / Middlesex University)
Post-qualification training in Couples Counselling Skills and Practice (Berkshire Training)
Diploma in Counselling (Waverley Abbey College)
Certificate in Counselling (Lee Abbey / St John's College, Nottingham)
Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).
Eight year’s experience of working in a busy and professional counselling service.
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
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.