Andrew Blackwood MSc, BPC registered Psychodynamic Counsellor, MBACP
Psychodynamic counselling offers a secure and confidential space to provide comfort and relief from mental pain. Together we make sense of your experience relating to ordinary life. We work at your own pace and I will be open and receptive to what you say. By understanding and giving voice to your feelings, you can recognise your true situation and discover unexpected perspectives and creative ways to renew your capacity to think.
I offer time limited and open ended psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy. Please call to arrange an initial exploratory meeting to see how you feel about working with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy and registered Psychodynamic Counsellor with BPC, Member of BACP.
Psychodynamic therapy is a way of looking at your early relationships and your internal conflicts. By making known your unconscious life, and thinking together about their affects in the here and now, you may find new perspectives emerge about how you feel about yourself and the world around you.
I have diverse experience of working in counselling and therapeutic settings with people and different organisations.
I have particular experience of working with people aged 60+. I recognise that there may be particular feelings of loneliness, isolation, dependency, and possible physical or mental deterioration, which relate to new life changing experiences. It is often useful to think about these feelings in the context of early relationships, and how old feelings return and emerge in the context of these new life changing circumstances. By reflecting on how these experiences have had an affect, it is possible to find ways through the painful and overwhelming losses of the present.
I have worked in NHS secondary care as an honourary psychotherapist, and at the Community Psychotherapy Network, where I have worked with a range of psychological disturbances.
I have worked for over 20 years as an Impact Self defence trainer with the London Centre for Personal Safety, providing personal safety training for a diverse client groups and organisations to develop skills and effective responses to prevent and protect individuals from violence, when they are often at their most fearful and vulnerable. By working in a supportive team, I encourage people to explore and discover their own agency and reduce the fear and impact of violence on their lives.
I spent 10 years working on an outreach programme with refugees to support their physical and mental well-being, by acknowledging medical anxieties and past traumas as well as encouraging their capacity towards exercise and health.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Working on the front line may lead to anxiety and stress. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I can offer concessionary fees for key workers. Limited spaces.