Andrew Lacey - Integrative Counsellor
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 (18+) 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:
- adoption issues
- adult survivors of childhood neglect, abandonment or abuse
- eating disorders
- gay men (sexuality, self-esteem and intimacy issues)
- relationship issues
- transitional stages in life
- work-life balance
Taking the first step
Please email or call/text me on 07904 675052 so we can arrange a free, no-obligation 15-20 minute phone conversation.
If we then decide we want to work together, we'll arrange a first session in either Torquay or Paignton.
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.
Having trained recently as a coach, I have experience in workplace and life coaching, and find that this can sometimes be a useful additional perspective when working with my counselling clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Gay men
- Sexual orientation
- Sexual identity
- Work-life balance
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Individual counselling: £50/session (one hour); small number of reduced cost spaces (minimum £35/session) for people on low incomes and for trainee counsellors - fees for these are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Couples counselling: £65/session (75 minutes); small number of reduced cost spaces may be available (minimum £50/session)
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.
I've also had considerable experience in other fields of work such as PR and corporate communications, learning & development and more recently coaching.
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.
- Also registered with Life Coach Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Working knowledge of French and Spanish|
My office in Torquay is fully accessible (parking, ramp access, lift and accessible WC) but my office in Paignton is not accessible
Monday afternoon/evening and Thursday daytime/evening
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|