Dr Andrew Maleknia CPsychol
I am Dr Andrew Maleknia and I provide high-quality psychological therapy to individuals, groups, organisations, and also educational establishments through short-term focused interventions or longer-term psychological interventions. I pride myself in having years of experience working for charitable organisations and also in private practice. I also have years of experience working for the NHS where I am currently employed.
I am passionate about my clinical work and about the way in which psychology can bring to the surface our unknown thoughts and feelings that underline some of our unhelpful patterns of behaviour. This awareness generates new thoughts and opens up the possibility to explore and create new ways of relating to ourselves and to others.
I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and registered with the HCPC (Health Professional Council).
I offer a safe and non-judgemental space and I work ethically and effectively as a reflective scientist-practitioners and I work creatively, compassionately and collaboratively with all my clients.
I view all my clients through a unique non-pathologizing lens which means difficulties faced by clients should not be seen as intrinsic, inescapable diseases, nor should treatment focus on “healing” an issue in such a way. Therefore, I adopt a strengths-based approach. I understand clients’ issues through a developmental perspective and I offer interventions that are preventative.
Some of the areas that I would be able to help are:
Addiction and Dependency
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Guilt and Shame
Low Self Esteem
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Psychotic Disorders i.e. Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder
Furthermore, I am also able to offer assessments and treatment of more serious psychological symptoms.
I am fully insured and am registered with several health insurance companies to deliver therapy to their members including AXA, AVIVA, Cigna, Healix, VitalityHealth and WPA.
Please refer to my website: www.compassionatepsychology.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years of experience offering support to clients through organisations such as CRI (Drugs and Alcohol agency), Cruse Bereavement, Mind and also the NHS where I am currently employed.
I have a professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and am registered with both the British Psychological Society as a chartered psychologist and also the Health and Care Professions Council which is the regulating body for psychologists.
I have had training in a series of therapy methods such as; Person Centred Therapy (Humanistic), Gestalt, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychoanalysis, Mentalization, Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which deals with trauma and PSTD.
Using the combination of above methods enables me to work as an eclectic therapist where I am able to employ positive elements from a range of therapeutic techniques with the goal of establishing an ideal course of therapy that is personally tailored to my clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
My fixed fee per assessment or ongoing therapy for individuals is £100.00 per session (However, a concessionary rate may be considered depending on my availability, your circumstances, and your financial position).
Special rate of £80 is offered to the employees of public services and forces such as NHS, Police, Fire Services and Armed forces.
Experience Change with Compassionate Psychology
Compassion is the recognition of suffering in yourself and others with a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent it. Although compassion is often associated and understood as kindness, scientific studies have found the core of compassion to be courage. The courage to be compassionate lies in the willingness to see into the nature and causes of suffering in ourselves, in others and the human condition. The challenge is to acquire the wisdom we need to address the causes of suffering in ourselves and others.
Often confused with empathy, compassion has the added element of having a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of another. Although compassion and empathy are two separate things, having compassion for someone can lead to feeling empathy for another person.
At Compassionate Psychology I use a combination of my core training in humanistic psychology (also known as person-centred psychology) developed by Professor Carl Rogers in 1930s, who believed that for a person to "grow" they need an environment that provides them with genuineness which offers openness and self-disclosure, acceptance which offers unconditional positive regard, and empathy which means being listened to and understood combined with compassion-focused therapy (CFT) which is a system of psychotherapy developed by Professor Paul Gilbert that promotes wellbeing by facilitating the scientific understanding and application of compassion through the use of compassionate mind training to help people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion.
What is Counselling Psychology?
Counselling Psychology is a broad branch of psychology that focuses on the formulation and treating mental, emotional and behavioural difficulties and Counselling Psychologists are trained to doctoral level and it is a legal requirement that they register with the Health and Care Professions Council.
The title of Counselling Psychologist is protected by law and this helps people to identify well-trained practitioners. Counselling psychologists train for many years to attain Chartered Status and learn about many theories and models of psychological therapy gaining a substantial amount of practical experience along the way. They are then able to draw on a vast range of therapy options to offer unique packages of therapy to meet each individual client’s needs.
Counselling Psychology is a speciality within professional psychology that maintains a focus on facilitating personal and interpersonal functioning across the lifespan. The speciality pays particular attention to emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental and organizational concerns.
The practice of Counselling Psychology encompasses a broad range of culturally-sensitive practices that help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to function better in their lives. With its attention to both normal developmental issues and problems associated with physical, emotional and mental disorders, the specialization holds a unique perspective in the broader practice-based areas of psychology.
Counselling Psychologists serve persons of all ages and cultural backgrounds in both individual and group settings. They also consult regularly with organizations seeking to enhance their effectiveness or the well-being of their members and therefore, interventions used by Counselling Psychologists may be either brief or long-term; they are often problem-specific and goal-directed. These activities are guided by a philosophy that values individual differences and diversity and a focus on prevention, development and adjustment across the life-span.
Your Well Being is in Good Hands
There comes a time when help is needed from a qualified professional to cope with many of life’s challenges. I’m a Chartered Psychologist in the Milton Keynes area, and I’m here to support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.
At compassionate psychology, I integrate techniques from Person-Centred Therapy and Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT) and use some elements from Humanistic, Psychoanalytic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness.
By using person-centred therapy and compassionate mind training I help people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness, and soothing.
With You Every Step of the Way
I use evidence-based psychological interventions to inspire self-understanding among clients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations.
It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the client and therapist alike. But in the end, making small changes to self-defeating behaviour and coping with feelings of sadness, fear and pain can bring life-altering results.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments are available on Fridays 9:00AM-8:00PM & Saturdays 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am trained as a clinical supervisor by Oxford University and have also had training in systemic supervision.