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MBACP, counsellor

About me

If you are experiencing depression or anxiety, struggling to connect with others or even yourself, then we can navigate those issues together. I offer warm, open and non-judgmental support based on your specific needs, and as a BACP-registered counsellor, I can help you to change the way you respond to them.

I offer sessions at Brixton, London Bridge and via Zoom, offering short-term and long-term counselling, and offer a free half-hour initial appointment

MY EXPERIENCE AND APPROACH

My approach can be boiled down to three words: change through insight.

I am a humanistic counsellor, meaning I will work alongside you to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours to understand why you are reacting to situations in the way that you do.

My approach is fundamentally optimistic and non-judgemental, helping you to work with your own resources and strengths to manage the issues you face.

​I know that counselling can be an intimidating experience, especially if you're not sure where to start. We can tailor how we work together to create a space in which can feel safe and secure to better reflect on your experience in greater depth.

To get started, just call or email me to arrange a free half-hour initial meeting. We'll discuss what it is you want from therapy, get to know each other and can look at setting up regular sessions from there. You can find out more information at: www.andrewmickel.co.uk.

TESTIMONIALS

"I recommend you choose Andrew to work through whichever of life's unexpected challenges have landed in your lap. He took me from a terrible low, not only back to 'normal' , but to a better, happier me." James, 50

"Working with Andrew was a real pleasure. I found almost everything he said to be insightful and thought-provoking. He has a particular strength in striking the right balance between being sympathetic and ensuring you address problems fully. I'd highly recommend anyone to work with Andrew." Ben, 30

Training, qualifications & experience

I draw on my own background and training to inform how we work. I trained for three years at the well-respected Metanoia Institute, and have a diploma and BSc in humanistic counselling. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and my work is fully insured and supervised. As well as offering private practice, I have also previously counselled at ELOP in Walthamstow and MCPS in Ealing.

I have worked with a wide variety of groups. That includes a specialism working with people who identify as LGBT+, many of whom have previously struggled to find a non-judgemental counsellor who they felt comfortable sharing with.

Before counselling I worked in journalism and charity comms, as well as in the comedy industry (not, I should note, as a comedian). Journalism introduced me to a wide breadth of people, and the move to counselling felt logical: it offers a chance to work with others and see what they want to change, but at a much deeper, personal level. The comedy industry offered up a diversity of experience and ways of communication that I often feel surprised to find myself drawing on as a counsellor.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked as a counsellor at a charity with gay, trans and non-binary people bringing issues relating to their sexuality and gender.

I am also experienced in working with clients on issues such as the below. Often people aren’t really sure why they are looking for counselling, and that is something we can also explore together.

- anxiety and stress

- low self-esteem and confidence

- sadness and depression

- shame

- trauma

- work issues

- feeling confused

- feeling overwhelmed or out of control

- isolation and loneliness

- difficulties relating to others

- feeling unfulfilled

Whoever you are, we can shape how sessions look to what feels right for you.

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I charge £60 per 50-minute weekly session, and offer free half-hour initial appointments. I have some concessionary slots available.

When I work

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I hold sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at London Bridge, on Wednesdays and Fridays in Brixton, and via Zoom throughout the week. I offer free half-hour initial appointments.

Further information

For more information on what confidential sessions with me would look like, visit my website at: www.andrewmickel.co.uk.

Brixton, London, SW2

89A Long Lane, London, SE1 4PH

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Zoom