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About me

Hi, I’m Andrew, and I’m a level 7 trained, person-centred counsellor, based near Stamford, Lincolnshire, offering short- and long-term therapy for clients from any location, online or by telephone.

We all have moments where life feels too hard, when meaning is lost, when our worries overwhelm us. We may be struggling with relationships, finding our past is intruding on the present, or experiencing anxiety so intense that it's having a debilitating impact on our lives. At these times, counselling can provide a safe place to pause, open up, explore your thoughts and feelings, take a different perspective and try new ways of being. 

I am passionate about mental health, believing that it should receive an equal degree of attention as our physical health. From personal experience I know that choosing to open up and be vulnerable with another person takes courage, so it’s my goal to help you feel comfortable and safe from the moment we first speak.

Good therapy is a collaboration, and whatever the issue that we’re working on, we’ll go at your pace, in whatever direction you chose. Together we’ll create a safe, confidential space where you can talk about anything that’s troubling you, potentially exploring the ways your past influences your present, or simply focusing on your life right now, taking time to unravel your anxiety, fears and worries, while learning to manage them in new, more helpful ways.

Research shows that the quality of relationship between counsellor and client is the best measure of effective therapy . Hence I’ve specialised in Person-centred therapy, an approach that puts the provision of an empathic, authentic, warm and non-judgemental relationship at the heart of counselling.  I’ll be alongside you throughout, aiming to understand and validate your experience, supporting your personal exploration and helping you find your best next steps towards a better way of living.

I'm a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to to their Ethical Framework, meaning that I work in an ethical, professional, safe and truly client-centred way. I always aim to be flexible, tailoring therapy to your needs at any given moment. If it fits, I utilise aspects of other therapies, including Experiential, Existential, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis (TA). I take a trauma-informed approach, using a contemporary understanding of trauma to help create psychological safety, avoiding re-traumatisation by careful pacing of the work, and by teaching breathing and other grounding and self-soothing techniques.

Thank you for viewing my directory entry. If you'd like to know more, feel free to browse my website or get in touch by email or phone to ask any questions or to arrange a free initial consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7) in Person Centred and Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy 
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 5)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Training Course
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Online Support Skills
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Telephone Listening Support Skills
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Working With Suicidal Clients Remotely
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Trauma Awareness
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Safeguarding
  • NAPAC Supporting Survivors of Childhood Abuse Training Programme
  • Men As Nurturers (Synergy Training)

Relevant Experience

  • Mind CPSL Changing Lives Counsellor 
  • Cruse Bereavement Counsellor
  • Counsellor at Rutland House Counselling and Psychotherapy

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I’ve worked with a broad range of client presentations including anxiety, Autisim, anger, bereavement, depression, disability, depression, domestic abuse and domestic violence, difficulty with emotional regulation, relationship difficulties, childhood abuse and trauma. 

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£50 for a 50 minute session

Further information

First Steps

Once I receive your enquiry we’ll arrange a first phone-call or online chat. This can be 20-30 minutes long and is free of charge, giving you a chance to explain your needs and see if therapy is right for you. If you decide to start counselling we would arrange a first session together. There’s no obligation to continue at any point - for it to be helpful, counselling needs to be your choice at all times.

Ryhall, Stamford, Rutland, PE9

Type of session

Online
Phone