What would you like to talk about today? It’s a common enough starting point in counselling sessions, but it is rarely a question with an easy answer.
As a BACP-registered counsellor based in Peckham/East Dulwich, I can help you navigate issues that are difficult for you to engage with on your own. Together we can see how you might change the way you respond to them, starting with a free half-hour initial appointment.
My experience and approach
My approach can be boiled down to three words: change through insight.
I’m a humanistic counsellor, and our relationship will be the biggest asset in working for change. It provides a space for you to know that your feelings and needs are accepted, which is often the first step to being able to explore them in depth. Understanding why we feel and act the way we do can help gain the clarity you need to make decisions on how to implement change.
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 so you feel secure enough to engage with the process.
To get started, just call or email me to arrange a free half-hour initial meeting on Zoom. 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained for three years at the well-respected Metanoia Institute, and have a diploma and BSc in humanistic counselling. As well as offering private practice, I counsel at ELOP in Walthamstow, and previously counselled at MCPS in Ealing.
I have worked with a wide variety of groups; in particular, I have worked extensively with men and people who identify as LGBT+, many of whom had 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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 per 50-minute weekly session (£60 for slots after 5pm), and offer free half-hour initial appointments.
I currently have availability on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons for Zoom clients. I am only working online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on what confidential sessions with me would look like, visit my website at: www.andrewmickel.co.uk.