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.
If you are experiencing depression or anxiety, struggling to connect with others or even yourself, then we can navigate those issues together. I offer effective, affordable online therapy, and as a BACP-registered counsellor, I can help you to change the way you respond to them and difficult feelings you may be having.
I offer affordable and flexible sessions at London Bridge and via Zoom, 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 work alongside my clients to explore their feelings, thoughts and behaviours to understand why they are reacting to situations in the way that they do. It's a fundamentally optimistic and non-judgemental approach that helps you to work with your own resources and strengths to manage the issues you face.
Whether you're feeling sad, experiencing low self-confidence or low self-esteem, or tackling family issues or relationship problems, we can see if we can work together.
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 make sure you feel fully heard and supported. We can use a first session to see if I'm the right person for you to work with, and for you to ask any questions you may have about working with me.
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.
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 counsel at ELOP in Walthamstow, and previously counselled at 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.
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, and offer free half-hour initial appointments.
For more information on what confidential sessions with me would look like, visit my website at: www.andrewmickel.co.uk.