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Happy Sisyphus Counselling, (MBACP)

About me

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.

Client testimonials

"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 Online Counsellor for Kooth/ Qwell.
  • I have a private practice called 'Happy Sisyphus Counselling - growing through adversity'.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

I offer a 10 minutes free initial consultation via phone or Zoom so we may discuss the possibility of working together.

My fee is £50.00 per session (50 - 60 minutes/ session). Depending on circumstances, I may be able to offer concessionary rates for low income or students.

When I work

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Further information

I hold up to date DBS and Professional Liability Insurance. I comply with the Information Commissioner's Office rules and regulations on Data Protection.

A L P, 42-46 Harmer Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2AX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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