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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 freedom, understanding, and transparency. Over many years, I have worked with people with a variety of problems including 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 intensive doctoral training and a range of experiences of delivering successful therapy. 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 call me for a free 20-minute initial consultation over the phone or leave a message.

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:

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Fees

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.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Dr. Andrew Aboud

Dr. Andrew Aboud