My name is Andreea Achim (MBACP) and I have created Happy Sisyphus Counselling - growing through adversity because I believe that people affected by trauma and adverse experiences have the potential not only to survive, but to truly thrive. I offer a caring, confidential and safe space in which I help my clients overcome the psychological pain of trauma and adverse experiences by working together and creating an approach tailored to their needs, drawing on a range of therapy models and the latest research into trauma recovery.
What is trauma?
Psychological trauma is a response to a physically or emotionally threatening experience that is overwhelming. Trauma can be acute (a single event), chronic (repeated and prolonged exposure to highly stressful events, such as bullying and domestic violence) or complex (multiple traumatic events). The long term effects of trauma may include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, panic attacks, relational issues, etc.
If you are worried about bringing any traumatic experiences to counselling, please be assured that we will be working at your own pace in a caring, confidential and safe manner.
My therapeutic approach
Every person is unique and there is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to therapy. My approach is Integrative Relational, which means I draw on different modalities - mainly Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural and Existential - in order to provide you with the best service, tailored to your individual needs. We will collaborate together every step of the way, at your own pace, so that we may explore and discover the most helpful ways in which you may achieve your goals.
"Andreea facilitated an environment that felt supportive and safe. I communicated easily with her using my own language. I found myself comfortable, heard and understood. She helped me to focus on appropriate and accurate reflections and allow me to emote. Before counselling I struggled with feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment and defectiveness, and I had a little level of trust in others. Now I can identify my strengths, I understand my reactions better and I try to not judge them just to analyse them instead. I had increased positive views of myself and I developed the ability to seek support from the people who can help me when I need it." Male, 30s)
"Andreea gave me the time, safe space and openness to explore my grief. She widened my viewpoint and challenged my views in a constructive way. The whole sessions were holistic. Counselling has instilled in me coping mechanisms which I know will allow me to be flexible and creative in my personality and approaching difficult situations. Thank you Andreea!" (Female, 30s)
"Andreea has helped me so much. She has allowed me to think about how I really feel, my worries and fears. She is a great listener and so kind and caring. Thank you so much Andreea!" (Female, 50s)
Training, qualifications & experience
- I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling with Inter-Psyche Institute in Dartford (BACP Accredited).
- I am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, committed to the BACP Ethical Framework.
- I am a Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England.
- I am committed to Continual Professional Development.
- I have BA Hons Degree in English and French Language and Literature and I have over 12 years experience of working in Education.
- I provide counselling for those impacted by Sexual Abuse for Circles South East, London.
- I am an Anxiety UK Therapist.
- I also work as a part-time Online Counsellor for Kooth/ Qwell.
- I have a private practice called 'Happy Sisyphus Counselling - growing through adversity'.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I offer a 15 minutes free initial consultation via phone or Zoom so we may discuss the possibility of working together.
My fee is £45.00 per hour. Depending on circumstances, I may be able to offer concessionary rates for key workers or students.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 5:00PM - 8:00 PM.
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
I hold up to date DBS and Professional Liability Insurance. I comply with the Information Commissioner's Office rules and regulations on Data Protection.