Andrew Allan Dip. Couns. MNCS (Accred)
Right now perhaps you feel an increase in anxiety, relationships may be suffering or you may be experiencing bereavement. Whether an existing or new issue, I will listen to your personal story and support your journey towards a brighter future. I welcome both individuals and couples to my counselling.
How I work
During the COVID crisis I am providing online and telephone counselling with flexible hours to suit your needs. I can help you set up online options if that would be helpful These forms of counselling are long established and you may be surprised at how effective they are.
I will resume face to face counselling once safe to do so but you will still have the choice to continue meeting online or by phone if you prefer. Additionally, when the current lockdown eases I will once more offer socially distanced walking in Knole Park and other locations in the Sevenoaks area. Talk and walk counselling can feel very therapeutic, particularly when we are experiencing so many other restrictions.
What I Believe
I strongly believe that the relationship between client and counsellor lies at the heart of effective therapy. No two people are the same and so I will look at your needs as an individual or a couple rather than narrowly looking at a condition or just following theory.
l will listen to what you are looking for from counselling and together we will decide what will work best for you. Different issues may arise as the counselling unfolds and therefore I recognise the need to be flexible rather than working to a rigid plan.
I can help you with a wide range of issues from stress and anxiety to bereavement and anger management. Perhaps you are feeling low but cannot quite put your finger on why or perhaps life does not seem to have any meaning or purpose for you. Whatever you would like to talk about, I will usually be able to help. Exceptionally, if I am not, I will help you to try to find the right person to support you.
What we focus on during counselling will depend on the issue and also you as an individual. For example, sometimes in may be useful to concentrate more on past events and how much they have shaped you whilst on other occasions it may be of greater benefit to really focus upon the hear and now and/or your hopes and dreams for the future.
I am currently studying for a postgraduate level advanced diploma in couples therapy.
During the current crisis your relationship may have come under strain or perhaps there are longer term issues that you would like to resolve. I can help with the challenges that you are facing whether it be lack of intimacy, poor communications, extra marital affairs or something else. I can also provide a comfortable environment in which to discuss any sexual issues that you would like to bring to counselling.
I will work with you to discover the root causes of your difficulties and also provide practical suggestions to help get things back on track or move you forward. I will provide a safe space for each partner to have a voice and be listened to and support your growth as individuals as well as part of a relationship. I welcome both couples and any other relationship groupings.
When we first meet
I offer a free initial consultation lasting for an hour, or 75 minutes for a couple, which will enable you to understand more regarding my counselling and whether you would like to work with me. I realise that you may feel anxious at the start and so I will try my best to put you at ease and make you feel comfortable. I won't pressurise you to make any decisions there and then.
If you have any questions or concerns about the counselling, you are also very welcome to discuss these with me before the initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory.
- Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy
- Certificate in Couples and Other Relationships Counselling (COSRT accredited)
- Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
- Free one hour initial consultation.
- Free one hour fifteen minute consultation for couples or other groupings.
£45 per session. A small number of free counselling slots available for unemployed or those on low income.