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Counsellor and Psychotherapist Lancaster

About me

Hello, I’m Andy.
Do you need help? Are you feeling sad? Don't struggle alone any longer - I'm here to help you. Give me a call now or email me - I will always get back to you quickly.

FREE NO-OBLIGATION 30 min INITIAL CONSULTATION by Zoom or Phone.

COVID-SAFE FACE-TO-FACE ENVIRONMENT OR REMOTE COUNSELLING.

Maybe you are experiencing some really difficult things in your life right now and you don’t want to worry your friends and family with how you feel. Do you need someone to talk to? Whatever you’re struggling with, I’m here to help and only a phone call or email away. With a little help, you may be surprised by what you can achieve to feel better. Contact me now and let me help you.

I offer face-to-face and remote counselling and psychotherapy in Lancaster. I also offer remote counselling (Zoom, Skype, Whatsapp, Email) nationally.

You can call me, confident in the knowledge that I will listen with respect and acknowledge your feelings and there is no obligation to continue into counselling if you don’t want to and your initial call will be completely free of charge. You can take advantage of  a 30 min initial consultation with me by Zoom or phone, which will also be free of charge, giving you peace of mind that you have made the right decision prior to making any financial commitment to counselling. It will give you the chance to see how it feels to make your worries known to someone else and whether talking to a counsellor feels right for you and I will answer any questions you have. Otherwise, you can move straight into counselling with me if you feel ready. Let me help you as you take what may be your first step into counselling.

A little bit about me…

Before entering the world of counselling and psychotherapy I was in the IT industry for many years, engaged in engineering, consultancy and management. I’m a family man and value the well-being of those around me. Over the years I’ve seen first-hand how life can sometimes throw us off course, particularly when bad things happen. I’ve learned that our past experiences can have a profound effect on our lives today: the way we feel, cope and act, particularly when put under stress. Sometimes it’s not at all clear how we came to feel the way we do and at other times it’s obvious. In any case, when we need to make sense of it and feel relief from distress, whatever form that takes, talking about it seems to be the last thing we want to do. In my experience, however, talking about it is a fundamentally good thing and talking about it to a professional counsellor like me is even better. Your past experiences do not have to define your present or your future. I’m able to help you make sense of how you feel and to bring a fresh perspective. You have the power to change how you feel and I can help you do it.

If you choose to continue into counselling with me we will meet regularly in one of my counselling rooms, privately and with the promise of confidentiality. We can also work remotely via video or telephone if that is more appropriate to your circumstances. I’ll do everything I can to provide a relaxed environment where you can express and explore your feelings. We will review our progress regularly and, together, we will move towards positive change and relief from whatever distress you are currently feeling. Let me help you. Call me today and take the first step to feeling better.

More about my work...

At Well Life Counselling, I provide counselling services to individuals and groups in the north west of England, predominantly in and around the cities of Lancaster and Preston in Lancashire. I also work nationally via video, telephone or email. The types of problems covered include trauma, stress and anxiety, bereavement, anger, depression, relationships, coping with change, personal growth and motivation, abuse and many more where talking through your problems with a professional counsellor can help bring a new perspective and equip you with the power to find your own solutions and move towards positive change.

Formerly head of adult therapy, in the charitable sector, providing help to those affected by cancer, whether that be someone diagnosed with cancer, those caring for them or those bereaved due to cancer. I also volunteer as a supervisor in a national bereavement charity and I'm an associate therapist within the Lancashire Constabulary. Furthermore, I am a lecturer in counselling skills and theory, enabling the next generation of counsellors find their place within the counselling profession.

Give me a call today and let me help you.

Andy

Andrew Brown
BSc, MBACP, MNCS(Accred), Ad Prof Dip PC, Dip Hyp CS

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad Prof Dip PC)
  • Diploma in Online Counselling
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (Dip Hyp CS)
  • Other training in Bereavement, Suicide, Self Harm and Abuse
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Trauma Informed Therapy
  • Effects of Childhood Abuse in Adulthood
  • Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy

As a qualified Hypnotherapist I sometimes integrate hypnosis into therapy where it is appropriate, particularly where relaxation is of particular benefit. This is always done in agreement with you.

I am a supervisor and counsellor with the national charity Cruse Bereavement Care.

Associate Therapist with the Lancashire Constabulary

Head of Adult Services for a local cancer charity. Leading a team of therapists in helping people affected by cancer.

Lecturer in Counselling Skills and Theory (Diploma Level 4)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

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.

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.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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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

  • Coping with Change
  • Personal Motivation
  • Personal Growth
  • Mid-Life Crisis
  • Workplace Stress and Burnout

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£45 face to face or video consultation - 50 mins (max 1 hour)
£25 Group Counselling (1.5 Hours) - under review due to recent COVID restrictions

FREE No-Obligation 30 min Initial Consultation by Zoom or Phone

Frequency and number of sessions agreed at initial consultation.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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Daytime and Evenings Monday to Friday

Further information

I appreciate that asking for help from a counsellor is not easy. It's very natural to feel a little nervous and I understand and want to help. Please feel free to give me a call to discuss how you feel - it'll be easier than you think and there's no cost or obligation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Please contact me by emailing me from this site. 

In response to increasing telephone scams, please avoid making initial contact via text.

Andy

Andrew Brown
BSc, MBACP, MNCS (Accred), Ad Prof Dip PC, Dip Hyp CS

Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

Ribbleton, Preston, Lancashire, PR2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom