Andrew Harvey MBACP UKCP FPC
Hello and welcome to my profile. I am a registered psychotherapist based in central London.
Are you struggling with something that you want to change? Are you feeling overwhelmed, depressed, anxious or unable to cope?
Perhaps you are facing a particular problem? Or you simply feel that you have lost your way in life or taken the wrong path?
Do you need someone to talk to in confidence? Someone who will listen to you without judging, criticising or telling you what to do?
How I can help you
As an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor, I help people to work through whatever difficulties they face using ‘talking therapies’, in a secure and confidential setting. This may take the form of:
- short-term counselling to help people in distress facing a particular issue, often something that has happened recently, such as relationship breakdown, bereavement, redundancy, etc
- longer term psychotherapy to help people overcome more deep-rooted problems that may have troubled them for some time such as anxiety, depression or a repeating or consistent negative pattern that they want to break
- personal development work; helping people to work out who they are, where they are going with their life and to overcome whatever is holding them back so that they can be more effective and get more out of their lives.
The type of therapy that I offer
I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist which simply means that I work with the unconscious processes that influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. I often think of it as the unseen (but powerful) programming of the mind. This programming occurs as a result of our life experiences often, but not always, from our early years.
By bringing what is currently beyond your awareness into the ‘here and now’, we can understand why you think, feel and behave in the way you do. This enables us to go beyond the surface problem and deal with the root cause of your difficulty. We can help you to learn from this and, if you want to, change.
Research has shown that, working in this way often leads to definite and longer lasting change and it is for this reason that psychodynamic therapy is often recommended as an effective treatment for a range of emotional and psychological problems.
I also have a broad awareness of many other counselling models and techniques. I often find that just having someone impartial to talk to in confidence, who is able to listen to you with respect, empathy and insight is enough to help you to begin feeling better.
Who I work with
I work with a diverse range of adults from many different backgrounds and experiencing a wide range of issues. I work on a one-to-one, face-to-face basis.
I have a special interest in helping people who are experiencing:
- Relationship issues.
- Work related issues.
- Distressing life-stage changes: leaving home, ‘quarter and mid-life crisis’, divorce, retirement, aging.
- Confusion or doubts about personal identity and life purpose.
- Loss: bereavement, relationship breakdown, redundancy.
- Anxiety: confusing, unhelpful and destructive negative thinking patterns.
- Depression: feeling low, emotionally exhausted, broken and unable to cope.
What you can expect
Please contact me for a brief, informal telephone call. Then, I offer an initial consultation to enable me to understand what has brought you to therapy and for me to think about the best way to help you. This also gives us a chance to meet face to face, discuss any concerns or questions that you may have and see how we feel about working together.
Psychodynamic therapy requires commitment on both sides and is most effective when supported by a strong routine and structure. This means that we will meet regularly for 50 minutes each week at the same place and at the same time for the duration of your therapy.
My approach is contemporary and realistic. You are in control at all times. We simply sit and talk about whatever is troubling you and I will listen and offer insights to help you, based on my knowledge and experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
It is an unfortunate fact that, at present, anyone can call themselves a psychotherapist or counsellor, irrespective of their training and qualifications. However, you can be reassured that:
- I have undertaken several years training with one of the UK’s most reputable training institutions, recognised for its academic rigour and high clinical standards.
- I am a fully registered member of the BACP, UKCP and FPC and I am bound by their respective codes of ethical practice and professional conduct.
- perhaps most importantly, I have undertaken several years of therapy myself, so I know exactly what it feels like to be in the client’s chair.
Professional registrations and qualifications
- Registered Member MBACP (No.375570), UKCP (No.2011170874), FPC (35882669)
- Licensed to Practice Once-Weekly Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Clinical Qualification, WPF Therapy)
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (University of Roehampton)
- Enhanced DBS (working with vulnerable adults)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life-stage issues: Mid-life / Quarter-life crisis
My fees are £100 for the initial consultation (90 mins) and £70 per ongoing (50 mins) session.
I work from two convenient Central London locations. Both are well served by local transport links:
- Hatton Garden (Thursday evenings) - a short walk from Farringdon and Chancery Lane underground stations.
- London Bridge (Friday daytime) – a few minutes’ walk from London Bridge station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client