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About me

Hello there.

Choosing the right therapist is such an important first step. For such personal and important work you need to find someone you feel you can trust, work closely with and of course, talk with.

It is equally important that the therapist you choose to work with has undertaken professional accredited training, and is registered with the relevant professional bodies.  I am a qualified and accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with a further post-graduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy.

How I work.

My job is to meet you where you are at right now and relate to you on a very human level.  It's about you being heard and understood then together finding a way forward.  It's about using simple, down-to-earth language moving at your pace and with endless patience.

My core belief is that the therapeutic relationship is central to the healing process in therapy.  This has been the subject of much academic research over the years.  I give every client my genuine interest and endeavour to create an open, friendly, calm, compassionate and non-judgmental environment to work in.  Not to say that it won't, at times, be challenging but this will be handled with empathy, compassion and always respect.

My working style is based around "integrative practice" where the treatment methods are always tailored to suit the client’s unique needs and learning / exploring preferences. I find the beauty and strength of this approach is its flexibility; offering the freedom to test different approaches and to flow seamlessly from one approach to another.  Counselling is definitely not "one size fits all".  No single approach is necessarily flexible enough to be helpful to all.

When appropriate, I am keen to offer mindfulness, breathing and imagery work as part of therapy.  Therapeutically, I find mindfulness techniques particularly effective when working with anxiety, panic, emotional difficulties and even pain management.  Mindfulness practice can also be something that a client can continue long after ending therapy increasing autonomy, empowerment and ongoing wellbeing.

Should you like to know more about the range of therapeutic techniques that I have trained in then please see the list below.  However, if you are new to all this then please be assured that you need absolutely no prior understanding to gain all the benefits of therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

My core training was with the Northern Guild of Psychotherapy which has an excellent reputation in the profession delivering courses accredited with UKCP and BACP.

My primary training style is Transactional Analysis whilst my broader training and approach is working in a relational and integrative manner in the humanistic field of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Qualifications and Training:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (UKCP accredited course)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling  (BACP accredited course)
  • Foundation Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
  • EMDR therapy. Level 3 Cert (EMDR Europe)
  • Ongoing training - Mindfulness

Other Relevant Training and ongoing CPD:

  • Transactional Analysis (TA-101)
  • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness MBSR, including silent retreats and daily practice(ongoing)
  • Sandplay Therapy
  • Imagery & Metaphor in Psychotherapy
  • Inner Child
  • Researching Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Pain Management, current approaches
  • Shadows in the Body
  • Working with Addiction & Bereavement
  • Identity


Before starting my private practice I gained seven years of clinical experience working therapeutically with clients for the NHS.  Here I provided solution-focused brief therapy, short-term counselling or longer-term depth psychotherapy, according to the needs and wishes of the client.  I have also worked for a leading national mental health charity and I am an associate counsellor for a local clinical psychology organisation.

Registration and Accreditation:

I am a registered and accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).  Member #160835  MBACP (Accred).

BACP membership is also accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Previously I have also been a Full Clinical Member (Accredited status) with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) until Oct 2020.

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.


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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

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.

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pain Management using Mindfulness techniques

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Additional information

£45 per 50 minute session (daytime rate).

Longer sessions inc. EMDR at additional cost (pro rata)

Limited concessions available

Further information

Counselling sessions take place inside a tranquil, light and airy space with beautiful grounds. Private yet very close to Tynemouth Metro Station.  Good bus links right outside and free on-street car parking available.

Ground floor room suitable for disabled access.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

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.

Andrew Brown PG Dip, MBACP (Accred)

Andrew Brown PG Dip, MBACP (Accred)