Andy Connolly - UKCP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist
My name is Andy, and I have been an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor for nine years. Prior to that I worked in the public and charity sectors, building helping relationships with people of all backgrounds for over ten years. It is my belief that counselling should be a flexible and supportive process; one that is firmly grounded in theory but also adapted to suit the strains and difficulties of modern life. My particular areas of interest are work around sexual and gender identity, trauma, relationship and sexual difficulties, anxiety and depression, sexual violation, bereavement and chronic illness. If I can help at all, or if you would like a brief and informal chat about what therapy involves and how it might help you, please do get in touch - I would be very happy to hear from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed the following training courses in psychotherapy and counselling at Regents University in London, which led to my accreditation with the UKCP:
- Advanced diploma in integrative psychotherapy and counselling (2010)
- Postgraduate diploma in integrative psychotherapy and counselling (2008)
- Foundation certificate in integrative psychotherapy and counselling (2006)
I have worked as a psychotherapist, counsellor and helpline worker at several charities over the last 12 years, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Terrence Higgins Trust, PACE Health and SurvivorsUK. I am trained in clinical supervision (Metanoia Institute) and have extensive experience of managing counselling and helpline services, and providing counselling in innovative ways, such as by SMS and online.
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I have a sliding scale of £60 to £100 per 50 minute session, depending on income.
It is important to me that counselling and psychotherapy are as affordable and accessible as possible. For that reason concessions may be available on a case by case basis. If you are unable to afford the fees above but are interested in working with me, please do get in touch.