Andrew Greenfield Walker
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This professional is available for new clients.
At present I have space on Wednesday mornings.
I begin by providing a calm, safe place where it is possible to say whatever needs to be said, but may be difficult to say (or even think) elsewhere. We are all unique, so particular methods for exploring any issues are selected, explained and agreed to suit you and your own circumstances.
Solutions emerge and change occurs by a pooling of resources and joint effort. I find I can work with a wide range of difficulties from stresses and depression through to addictions, relationship difficulties, life transitions or crises, or where the problem is mixed or itself unclear. Clinical diagnosis (if one has been made) can sometimes be a helpful starting point, but is less important than the personal relationship. For those interested in theory or modalities, I have a transpersonal approach which seeks to build holistically on Western and oriental views of the psyche so as to integrate empirical science with spiritual wisdom traditions.
I seek to combine a pragmatic attitude with a sensitive listening ear and a creative imagination. The usual pattern is weekly 50-minute sessions, but different arrangements can be made. It is often preferable to have a fixed period of therapy, though I also offer open-ended work.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA, Cantab (Law); Dipl Couns. & Psych; MA (Transp. Psych); Reg MBACP, UKCP accred.
I have a diploma, followed by a research Master's degree, in transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy. Earlier qualifications include a scholarship in classics, and a degree in law, at Cambridge University; a teaching fellowship at Univ. Chicago Law School, USA; and some 25 years dealing with conflict resolution as a barrister and then a mediator in London.
I have over 15 years' experience as a psychotherapist, in both short-term and long-term therapy. I became one about halfway through life, with the benefit of a wide and very diverse range of earlier client experience. I worked in the NHS for 8 years in the multidisciplinary Focus Homeless Outreach Team (Camden and Islington) gaining experience with complex cases in the community, clinically categorised as 'severe or enduring mental illness' . These included complex trauma, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other conditions. I served for some 10 years as an assessor at EACS (Ealing, West London), one of the largest voluntary sector providers in the South-East, seeing and assessing a broad spectrum of clients for suitability for therapeutic intervention. I am a member of both the UKCP and the BACP.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are normally £65 - £75 per session depending on circumstances. A lower fee is sometimes available in special circumstances if normal fees are unaffordable.
When I work
Parking available nearby. Convenient tube and bus connections.