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Integrative Counsellor

About me

Hello, I'm Andrew, an experienced counsellor with a warm and non-judgemental approach. If you're struggling with a problem or want to get more meaning out of life, counselling may help. I'll work sensitively and honestly with you to support you in what you're going through.

I offer short-term counselling for specific problems or long-term open-ended therapy to explore deeper issues. I work with adults and young people (16+) in individual and couples counselling. I am equally comfortable counselling same-sex couples as heterosexual couples.

I belong to the affirmative 'It’s All About You Wellbeing' network which enables LGBTQ+ people, their families and friends to make contact with the right professional for them.

How can I help you?

You may be dealing with loss, bereavement, depression, anxiety, low confidence or self-esteem, health or body issues. Or you may be looking for support to help you make a difficult decision; feeling like you are out of control; or just wanting to make sense of something. I'm also particularly experienced in working with:

  • addiction
  • adoption issues
  • adult survivors of childhood neglect, abandonment or abuse
  • codependency
  • eating disorders
  • gay men (sexuality, self-esteem and intimacy issues)
  • identity
  • relationship issues
  • spirituality
  • transitional stages in life
  • work-life balance


I am also a fully trained and experienced coach.

Coaching is all about helping you achieve the results you want in your life. The focus is on getting really clear what it is you want and then identifying the steps you need to take to realise your full potential. This could be about any aspect of life … landing your dream job; finding the work-life balance that suits you; improving the quality of your relationships, or daring to have a go at something you’ve always longed to do but told yourself you couldn’t!

As your coach, my role is not to give you answers, but to ask the right questions so that you find your own answers. I work flexibly - some people prefer to go out walking on the seafront rather than sit in a room, and that’s fine by me. Always with your best interests at heart, while supportive and encouraging I can also be challenging! My experience includes:

  • Work-based coaching
  • Coaching self-employed/business owners
  • Personal/life coaching
  • Coaching for confidence (performing and public speaking)

Taking the first step

If you are interested in counselling or coaching (or a blended approach), please email or call/text me on 07904 675052 so we can arrange a free, no-obligation 15-minute phone conversation.

If we then decide we want to work together, we'll arrange a first session either face-to-face in Torquay, online, or over the phone.

Thank you for checking out my profile - I look forward to hearing from you!

Client testimonials

“I'm not the easiest person to satisfy as a client, and am delighted to have found Andrew as a therapist. While working with him, I've found Andrew to be empathic, compassionate and very understanding. I find his approach refreshing and would be happy to recommend people to him.”      Gerry H, Dublin (online individual counselling)

“Thank you for being such a genuine, warm but honest counsellor who was challenging to my narrative at times … making me see things from a new point of view really did help. I feel it’s made me more accepting of all the huge live events that all came crashing on to me at once."    Estelle* (face-to-face individual counselling)

“We are glad we chose Andrew to help us with our issues. We feel he listened and empathised with our situation, whilst giving us helpful practical advice and coping mechanisms.  Andrew tailored the sessions focusing on what we wanted and showed genuine interest and no judgement for our challenges. We appreciate the help and encouragement he provided.”    R+J (online couples counselling)

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications:

Theory and Practice of Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Bruce Lloyd Consultants, London, 1992

150 hours theory; 150 hours skills development; 150 hours counselling practice and 75 hours personal growth over an 18-month period.

Bruce Lloyd Consultants specialised in working with clients in recovery from addiction and codependency

Coaching and Mentoring, ILM Level 5, 2015

Mental Health Awareness, NCFE Level 2, 2015

Certificate in Couples Counselling, accredited by International Society of Professional Counsellors, 2019


After completing my training, I continued to work at Bruce Lloyd Consultants in London offering one-to-one and couples counselling, facilitating therapy groups and also as duty counsellor at Discovery, a residential codependency treatment centre.

I then set up my own private practice in London, specialising in issues such as adoption, eating disorders, addiction, codependency and sexual identity.

While living in Brighton I also volunteered at Terrence Higgins Trust as a counsellor in HIV/AIDS issues.

I practice meditation and mindfulness and am a trustee of Gaia House, a retreat centre near Newton Abbot offering silent meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Adoption
  • Codependency
  • Gay men
  • Identity
  • Mindfulness
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sexual identity
  • Work-life balance


£70.00 per session

Additional information

I offer the option of a free 15-minute initial phone or Zoom consultation which enables us to decide on whether it is right for us to work together.

Individual counselling and coaching: £70/session (60 minutes); reduced fee sessions during the daytime may be available depending on the number of clients I am seeing.

Couples counselling: £90/session (all sessions 60 minutes, except first session = 75 minutes). Or you can choose to book and pay upfront for 3 sessions for £249.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My regular client slots are Monday afternoon/evening, Tuesday morning/afternoon/evening and Wednesday morning. I may also be able to arrange other times for one-off sessions.

Further information

I've always had a passion for seeing people heal, develop and flourish. Having benefited greatly myself from therapy, in my early 30s I decided to train as a counsellor.

My voluntary work has included being a trustee of Mankind UK, a national charity offering therapy and other support to male survivors of sexual abuse.

I practice meditation and mindfulness and am a trustee of Gaia House, a meditation retreat centre near Newton Abbot offering silent meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition.

I've also had considerable professional experience in other fields of work such as PR and corporate communications. When I lived in Brighton, I was programme director for the Brighton & Hove branch of international leadership development charity Common Purpose. In addition to running my counselling and coaching practice, I currently work part-time as communications manager with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Torquay, Devon, TQ1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Additional languages

Working knowledge of French and Spanish

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