Andrew Keefe MA FPC UKCP EMDR Therapist. PT.
What to expect when you contact me:
I offer free 20 minute phone consultations as a first step, so you can tell me a bit about what is bringing you to therapy. I will explain a bit about how I work and might be able to help and if you want, we can arrrange to meet for a consultation to explore what you are looking for further. Alternatively, we can just arrange to meet and think together about what you are looking for. You can also join my FREE Wednesday Morning 8am "Fitness for Mental Wellbeing" workout sessions on Zoom - for a full body workout - cardio, strength, core, flexibility and relaxation with life-style tips and advice on managing your mental health.
The therapies I offer:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Time Limited & Open Ended), Solution Focused Therapy. I am also a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer and offer "Therapeutic Fitness" sessions to harness the power of exercise to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and trauma.
How these therapies can help:
EMDR is a really helpful therapy for survivors of sexual abuse, emotional or physical abuse and many forms of trauma, including survivors of terrorist attacks, accidents or bullying. Traumatic memories can get stored in the body and the non-verbal part of the brain so sometimes just talking about what happened won’t fully solve the problem. The brain has an amazing capacity to heal itself but sometimes processing can become blocked and EMDR uses eye movements to start the process again, leading to relief and healing from trauma and anxiety. Phobias and panic disorders linked to early traumas can also be relieved in this way.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (PDP) is a talking therapy and a chance to explore in-depth your early life and relationships and how these impact on your current life and relationships with those around you. PDP explores those parts of our minds and memories which we may not be aware of, but which impact on how we are and how we behave. The approach involves building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, within which the links between past and present can be explored and made sense of. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is helpful for depression, anxiety, to think about relationships. You may be feeling sad, have low self-esteem without understanding why. You might be struggling after a bereavement, separation, divorce or betrayal in a relationship. PDP can help you get a better understanding of your feelings and what is happening and help you change how you think and feel about yourself and your life. It can also help with work-related stress and issues in your career by helping you understand the roots of the problems and think through what you really want to do.
Therapeutic Fitness: Outdoor fitness sessions, including cardio and resistance exercises, to increase confidence, stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms and process the emotions released through exercise, within a containing therapeutic relationship. Research evidence shows exercise releases hormones within the body which improve mood and also refreshes the brain and mind, allowing rest from negative and anxious thoughts. Physical activity can also relieve memories and feelings recorded in the body and which are not available to thought and language. Within the therapeutic relationship, we can also think about what might be stopping you from exercising or what exercise means to you - whether you are over exercising and what you might be avoiding by doing this.
Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) can help when you have a problem or dilemma and you just want to find a way forward, without going back over the problem itself or it’s causes. SFT focuses on what does work in your life and what makes you feel better. It helps you imagine how your life could be different and more fulfilling without the problems and identify practical steps you can take to make positive changes in your life.
I also provide Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), an approach designed for people who have long histories of multiple traumas which they can't forget and who are troubled by intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares and other symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). NET helps you understand more about how you are feeling through psycho-education. We will construct a "life-line" mapping the story of your life and marking the main pleasant and traumatic memories. We then work through these memories to construct a narrative of your life and help you process and integrate the difficult memories.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from WPF Therapy and am accredited with the Foundation for Psychotherapy & Counselling (FPC) as a Pscyhodynamic Psychotherapist and with the UKCP as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I am also trained in Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy. I am a qualified Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist and member of the EMDR Association of UK & Ireland. I have a Masters Degree in Psychoanalytic Studies from WPF Therapy / Roehampton University.
I am also a Level Three Personal Trainer & Nutrition & Weight Management Advisor. I have a qualification in Exercise Referral for Health and can plan and deliver fitness programmes for people living with a range of health issues, including chronic lower back pain and depression / anxiety.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a special interest in birth trauma, working with people who are traumatised due to difficult or frightening experiences during pregnancy and labour, including miscarriage, termination and infertility / IVF issues.
I also combine fitness with therapy to help people living with depression, anxiety and weight management issues and work therapeutically with chronic pain.
I operate a sliding scale depending on income with a minimum fee of £70 an hour for open-ended Therapy Psychodynamic Psychotherpy and Solution Focused Therapy.
Minimum fee for EMDR, Narrative Exposure Therapy and Time Limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is £80 a session.
Fees for Therapeutic Fitness sessions are £50 a session.
I am registered with Bupa, Aviva, AXA PPP and other major insurance companies.
I have over thirteen years experience as a qualified psychotherapist but began practicing as a counsellor in 1998 so have twenty years experience in total. This includes sixteen years experience working clinically with refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture at the Refugee Council and Freedom from Torture. This is where I learnt to work with the really deep trauma which affects people who have been through such appalling circumstances. This included working with many women and men who had been raped or sexually abused or assaulted and people whose family members had been murdered.
More recently, I have used these skills to help people who have survived a range of other traumatic experiences including terrorist attacks, birth trauma, childhood sexual abuse, rape and bullying. I have a special interest in these issues.
I have also worked in a number of management positions in three different charities, including six years as a clinical director and member of senior management teams and my understanding of the pressures of working in such positions helps me work with executives experiencing difficulties at work and this is another area of special interest.
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