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About me

"It is the relationship that heals" - Irvin D. Yalom

Why come to see a counsellor?

We all experience difficulties at one time or another. It could be that our relationships aren’t all we'd like them to be. Or perhaps we feel anxious, depressed, lonely, or we’re grieving a loss. Perhaps we behave in ways that we'd rather not, or that we don't understand. Or maybe life has lost its meaning, we've lost our sense of direction, feel stuck, or just don't know who we are any more.

Counselling offers a safe, confidential space in which to explore such issues in relationship with someone who is skilled, non-judgemental, and really there for you. A space in which to come to terms with things, and allow them to change for the better.

Counselling generally works best on a weekly basis. Short term therapy for specific issues may last for a few months, while deeper work may continue for several years.

Training, qualifications & experience

What kind of a counsellor am I?

I became a counsellor in my 40s, and bring all my previous life’s experience into my work with my clients.

I’m a person-centred counsellor; integrating Jungian and Buddhist understanding into my approach to helping others. I love deep, life-changing work; exploring what it is to be human, what it is to be you. I aim to enter as authentically as I can into my relationships with my clients. In my experience, the understanding and change you seek can be found in such a relationship.

I qualified at Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy - Level 6 Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (with distinction). During my four and a half years of training, I spent over 3 years in clinical placement, but now work exclusively as a private practitioner. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues, particularly trauma and addiction.

I'm a member of BACP, and abide by their Ethical Framework.

I’m fully insured.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Spiritual, Religious, Buddhism

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

I offer a free 50 minute initial session to allow you to get a feel for the way I work as a counsellor. If you go on to decide that you’d like to take up therapy with me, I then charge £45 per 50 minute session.

I offer several low cost places a week. Please feel free to ask about this if my normal fee is more than you can afford.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I see clients Monday to Wednesday. My first session of the day starts at 9am, my last starts at 7pm.

Further information

With the slow easing of social restrictions I'm feeling my way back into face-to-face work, doing all I practicably can to keep things as safe as possible for all my clients. Initially I can offer remote counselling by Zoom or telephone, with the expectation of moving to face-to-face work on an every-other-week basis after a few weeks, and face-to-face work every week when all social restrictions are lifted. The option to work remotely will always be available. I would have to reassess this situation were we to enter another lock down. (updated 10/06/21)

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom

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Andrew Meader, DipHIC, MBACP

Andrew Meader, DipHIC, MBACP