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About me

Hello, my name is Andrew and I’m a qualified Counselling Psychologist. I offer a confidential psychotherapy service, built around authenticity, trust, and understanding. Over many years, I have worked with individuals with a variety of problems such as feeling sad, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and relationship difficulties to name a few. Those of us who have experienced these kinds of issues (or others) find ourselves in unique circumstances, with unique problems, and therefore need unique solutions.

A different kind of therapy

My approach has developed over many years through a range of experiences of delivering successful therapy together with my intensive masters and doctoral training. Unlike most therapists who are trained in a single approach to therapy, as a psychologist, I draw on a range of different approaches which informs my practice. I have been trained in several orientations (i.e., cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, humanistic, etc.) which I may draw on, however I primarily embrace the Gestalt approach.

In a nutshell, Gestalt therapy could be described as ‘letting go of your mind and coming to your senses’. This involves a closer appreciation to how your current way of living is affecting you now where the focus of our sessions will be on increasing self-awareness. Unlike many therapies, this approach recognises that forcing a person to change paradoxically results in further distress and fragmentation. Rather, change results from an acceptance of what is. Many who have experienced this type of therapy have found it to be a refreshing departure from cognitive therapies – typically those offered by the NHS.

If you are new to therapy and are thinking of reaching out, I would like to add that many of my clients have found that the process was not as scary or strange as they expected and initially experience feelings of profound relief. From my own experience, I have to say that the process has often been challenging, but that it is also richly rewarding, and is one of the best means of bringing love back into your life.

Equally, if you have had a therapist before and would like to try a different approach, I hope that you will reach out, with whatever unique problem has brought you here. I truly believe that all great things must start on a small scale, it must begin with us as individuals, it must begin with you and me. Please feel free to leave a message where we can arrange a free 20-minute initial consultation over the phone.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a professionally trained Counselling Psychologist at Doctoral level (DPsych.) and accredited with the Health and Care Professionals Council. I have several years of counselling/psychotherapy experience in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • NHS primary care
  • Working in schools with young children
  • Counselling adults through various charities

This range of experience, with both adults and children, has given me a real appreciation for how our childhoods have shaped the way we see and understand the world. I also hold the following qualifications listed below:

Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych.)
  • Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
  • Masters in Psychology (MSc.)
  • Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy (Course)
  • BSc. (Hons)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

HCPC

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Religious issues
  • Problems associated with gaming or streaming

Fees

£80.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial telephone consultation (up to 20 minutes): Free

Individual counselling (online only until the pandemic subsides): £80

25% discount for front-line NHS staff currently available.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Current slots available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom
Dr. Andrew Aboud

Dr. Andrew Aboud