About me

Is now the time to make the best of the summer by facing some of the issues in your life?

Counselling is a way of trust, exploring how to be more real and find your balance.

Counselling in Sidmouth, or online/ phone. Look at my website to get a feel about my approach. Give me a call or send an email and let's see if we can connect at your point of need.

We can meet in a quiet, safe place in the centre of Sidmouth. It is easy to find and there is plenty of parking. We would both agree to follow strictly all current government public health guidance.

Or, wherever you live in the UK,  we could meet easily online with Zoom, or by phone. I have some further training for this and keep up to date with good counselling practice and new technology. My experience is that talking online or by phone works really well. It may make it much easier to fit the counselling into the time you have available and without having to travel.

Would I be the right sort of counsellor for you?

I can honestly say that I do usually find it easy to relate to a wide range of people.

In introducing counselling I try to avoid jargon which could be off-putting. My approach is both what is called 'person-centred (which is about trusting that each person has the potential to become more fully themselves) and 'existential' (that in opening up our awareness of how each of us exists we can learn to make our best life-choices).

The counsellor supports the client by being honest, non-judgemental and fully-accepting, not giving advice but letting the client lead and set the pace.

I try to keep it simple and to trust these tried and tested ways of counselling.

We have to be holistic to find our personal human integrity, so to take into account our needs of body, mind and spirit. And we have to live in the real world. So with climate change I feel that we often need to cope with our eco-anxiety. But you will know what it is for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I bring forty years experience of pastoral care to my counselling practice.
  • This is supported by a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB).
  • Further to this I have a Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor).

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

Talking to someone who really listens well is so simple but can be so helpful. It's how we are as human beings.

We need to see ourselves holistically. That's why eco-anxiety is increasingly such a big issue for many of us to manage. You are you (and you have the potential to become more fully yourself). But we each have to find ourselves in relation to the bigger picture.

I hope that today might be the time for you to take a further step in that process.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Additional information

My usual fee is £40 per session, but I offer concessionary rates in order to make counselling support accessible for all. 

Further information

My background is in many years of pastoral care in a local community setting. I'm often working with people who are experiencing challenges – in themselves, their outlook, their relationships, or other personal circumstances. Maybe it is anxiety, bereavement, or some other kind of loss of meaning that you are struggling with?

The pandemic has certainly changed aspects of our daily experience. Perhaps we can value more the healing power of nature, and the use of reflective practices. I would want to support you in exploring what can be restorative for you.

The first session would be to explore further.

I remember that I felt quite nervous when I went to my own first session of counselling as a new client. So I was grateful that my therapist welcomed me warmly, explained things clearly, and put me at my ease. I now try to do the same myself.

We can start to identify what has prompted you to consider counselling and so to focus on what you want the therapy to help with.

We can discuss together and agree key matters such as confidentiality. These will include all the practicalities which will ensure that our sessions remain a safe space for you in line with the BACP Ethical Framework and the law relating to the protection of your data.

If you then decide that you would like to continue working with me we would agree on a helpful schedule.

35 Primley Road
Sidmouth
Devon
EX10 9LD

Type of session

In person
Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman