Andrew Brown MBACP, PG Dip
Hello there. Thank you so much for viewing my profile.
Choosing the right therapist is such an important first step. For such personal and important work it goes without saying that you should find someone you feel you can trust, work closely with and of course, talk to. I am forever humbled by clients opening up their private inner-worlds to me and it is a privilege that I will always honour and treat with great care and respect.
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 registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with further post-graduate training in Integrative Psychotherapy.
How I work.
My job is all about meeting you where you are at right now and relating 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.
You may already be familiar with the term, the "therapeutic relationship" or the "therapeutic alliance". This relates to the particular working relationship between client and therapist which can be quite unlike peoples usual relational experiences. This need not be daunting because a professional relational therapist will always work at a pace and level of intensity that is attuned to a client's. Not to say that it won't, at times, be challenging but this will be done with empathy, compassion, always with respect and never with the intension of shaming or humiliating.
My core belief is that the therapeutic relationship is central to the healing process in therapy. Actually this has been the subject of much academic research over the years. As such, I give every client my genuine interest and endeavour to create an open, friendly, calm, compassionate and non-judgmental environment to work in.
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.
If you are interested and when appropriate, I am keen to offer mindfulness, breathing and imagery work as part of therapy. Discovering mindfulness was what ultimately led me to formal counselling training. 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
- 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
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.
Registration and Accreditation:
I am registered with the following leading professional counselling institutions:
- British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Member of Northern Guild for Psychotherapy
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pain Management using Mindfulness techniques
Photos & videos
£45 per 50 minute session.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client