Andrew Baker Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.


About me

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor. The “integrative” approach to counselling allows a practitioner to draw on multiple models, theories and tools in order to provide a course of therapy tailored to the needs of the individual client. The famous American psychologist, Abraham Maslow said, “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail”. To that end, rather than specialise in a single form of therapy I have studied several of the most effective and commonly used. These include:

* Person Centred Counselling
* Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
* Transactional Analysis (TA)
* Psychoanalysis
* Cognitive Hypnotherapy
* Mindfulness & Mindfulness Based Therapy
* Human Givens Psychology.
* Stoicism - How to be happy and content without a struggle.                                                  *My own 5Rs Approach.                                                                                              *Rewind Technique - proven treatment for PTSD and severe traumas but also used for phobias and OCD.                                                                                          

However, all my treatments tend to be underpinned by “Mindfulness” which is a meditative technique.

Maslow also said, “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself". I have always believed that the route to greater happiness for any individual is through a greater understanding of himself/herself.

I like to keep up with the latest developments in neuropsychology and implement this knowledge in my work when appropriate.

For more details, please see my website:

Training, qualifications & experience

Professionally trained, qualified and National Counselling Society accredited*, I work with individuals, couples & families in Bournemouth where I am based at, Aries Osteopathic Clinic, 14 Woodside Road, Poole, BH14 9JJ (between Penn Hill and Ashley Cross).  I am also a registered member of the BACP (MBACP).

I hold an Advanced Professional Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

I abide to strict rules of professional ethics and confidentiality and hold the necessary public liability insurance for psychotherapy, counselling, meditation and hypnotherapy.

I have experience of delivering counselling in the NHS under the IAPT scheme.

Since obtaining my professional diploma I have undertaken further courses to expand and deepen my knowledge and expertise.

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.


National Counselling Society (NCS)

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.


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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The Rewind Technique which evidence suggests is probably THE most effective treatment for PTSD and severe traumas but also very effective for phobias and OCD.


£60.00 per session

Additional information

My fees are generally £60 per hourly session for individuals or couples counselling.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

 I offer sessions via WhatsApp video at other days/times but prefer face to face if possible.  Please enquire as to times available.

Further information

Familiar issues with which I may be able to help:

  • Stress, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias.
  • Lack of confidence, low self-esteem, poor self-worth.
  • Depression, hopelessness, inability to cope, feeling overwhelmed or lost.
  • Bereavement, grief and loss, emptiness.
  • Habits and addictions.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), self-defeating behaviours.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Relationship or marital issues.
  • Emotional outbursts, anti-social behaviours.
  • Tendencies to think and/or behave irrationally or unrealistically.
  • Issues arising from sexual, physical, psychological or emotional abuse.
  • Sexuality or identity issues.
  • The desire for personal development.

Aries Osteopath Clinic, 14 Woodside Road, Penn Hill, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9JJ

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.