About me

Would it help to talk?

My areas of therapy are especially with anxiety, loss and bereavement, anger, relationship issues, self-esteem, identity and spirituality. 

I recognise that men often hesitate about accessing counselling, so I'm mindful of the ways male clients may find more helpful.

But I am happy to work with the whole diversity of people, welcoming you as you are.

We can meet in a safe and quiet place in the centre of Sidmouth.  My therapy room is easy to find and there is plenty of parking. We would both agree to follow strictly all current government public health guidance. Talking online, or by phone, also works really well. It may make it 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?

Counselling is about exploring how to be more real and find your balance. My approach is called  person-centred, 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.  I will want to support you in recognising what you need to accept but also to see what you really want your own personal values to be and so arrive at how you might live that way. This is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

But I try to avoid too much jargon. On the basis of many years experience of community-based pastoral care, as counsellor I support the client by being honest, non-judgemental and fully-accepting, not giving advice but letting the client lead and set the pace.

We have to be holistic to find our personal human integrity, taking into account our needs of body, mind and spirit.

Getting in touch.

It is a big step, but maybe now is the time to face some of the issues in your life. You might like to look at my website. You can give me a call (or email) and let's see if we can connect at your point of need.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Forty years experience of pastoral care supporting my counselling practice.
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB).
  • Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor).
  • Registered Member of the BACP.

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My usual fee is £45 per session, but I offer a concessionary rate in order to make counselling support accessible for all. 

Further information

The first session would be to explore further.

I remember how uncertain I felt 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 for my own clients.

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.

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

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Talking while walking comes naturally to many of us. So I am able to offer counselling in the form of a quiet hour's walk locally.

Online platforms

Zoom
Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman