Andrea Sprakes MBACP (accred) Therapeutic Counsellor
I am a fully qualified counsellor with many years experience working in Private practice in Leeds city centre and also as a Community Counsellor in inner city Children's centres providing free counselling to parents of young children as part of the Sure Start initiative. I have extensive experience of providing support to individuals with many different problems or difficulties. I have worked alongside individuals of all ages, with differing ethnic and cultural backgrounds for between six weeks and up to two years.
Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues and post natal depression are common problems I have worked with and I understand how completely debilitating and exhausting it can be to try to manage your day to day life whilst trying to "battle" against these feelings and mask how difficult things really are from everyone around you.
As a counsellor, I can offer you a confidential service where issues and concerns which are perhaps too difficult to talk about with family and friends can be shared and thought about.
I am a genuine, warm, respectful and caring individual. I will work alongside you to try and make sense of the difficulties you are encountering. These can be immediate difficulties that have presented themselves or an accumulation of things that have simply become too overwhelming to manage.
I trained in the Relational Approach to Counselling and therefore I believe that relationships are of fundamental importance in;
- The development of personality and a sense of self
- The difficulty clients bring to therapy (relations with the self and relations with other people)
- The therapeutic process (the therapy relationship is the heart of the process)
Having been trained in this approach relationship issues is a particular area which is of interest to me.
Keeping the significance of relationships in mind, I am aware of the importance of the strong working alliance that needs to form within the counselling relationship in order for change and growth to happen. Every person is individual and every relationship unique therefore I have a flexible way of working and will always seek to adapt and work in a way that best suits your needs.
Counselling can be a very difficult and daunting step and I am always mindful of this. I can offer you a warm and safe environment and will work with you at your pace to build a working relationship built on mutual trust, respect and understanding.
Training, qualifications & experience
DipHE Therapeutic Counselling
CertHe Interpersonal skills
Certificate Community Mediation skills
Leeds Counselling - Counsellor at Leeds Bridge House offering affordable counselling to everyone
Private practice - short/long term counselling
Community Counselling - Short term counselling to parents / carers at various inner city Children's Centre's
Community Mediator - Working with neighbours in conflict to find a resolution
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
My fees are £45 per session with a discounted first session of £20
If you feel counselling may be of some help to you or you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss and if you wish arrange an initial session to explore if counselling maybe appropriate for you.
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