Andrew Palmer (MBACP, MBPsS)
Who am I? How do I work?
Hello, my name is Andrew and I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist based in South West London. Working to the client's agenda and pace, my Integrative client-led style is both collaborative and supportive, providing a confidential and non-judgmental space for a reflective exploration of the self. I believe that by deepening one's awareness of self, clients can gain the confidence to challenge and overcome past trauma that may be negatively impacting them in the here and now. Usually working on an open-ended basis, I provide a safe and accepting environment where clients can look to find a deeper understanding of themselves, exploring areas where they may feel stuck, uncover repeating patterns in their relationships or confront and overcome negative behaviours, thoughts and feelings that may be getting in the way of them achieving a happier, more contented life.
Every client is a unique individual. Taking this as a starting point, as a trained integrative counsellor I will look to draw on a range of different therapeutic approaches in order to deliver a service that is tailored to the uniqueness of the client need. The integrative approach that I use incorporates techniques such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), person-centred therapy, and psychodynamic attachment theory.
You have made a decision to attend therapy - what happens next?
Having taken the courageous decision to reach out for therapy, for those individuals who have never experienced therapy before I can understand it might be a little unsettling to take that first step into the unknown. Please be assured that as the client you will be placed at the centre of the process at all times.
The first step would be for us to have an initial 20 minute phone call for you to decide if I offer the right kind of therapy for you. If you feel that we might be a good fit we can then arrange a time for an initial consultation. The initial meeting is an extremely important one. The quality of the relationship between client and therapist is a vital component in the client’s journey of healing. The initial meeting will give us a chance to not only discuss what has brought you to therapy at this point in your life but also allow us to form a sense of whether we can work effectively together. During the first session, we would look to discuss the therapeutic contract that outlines the boundaries of our working relationship, covering areas such as client confidentiality, session payment and cancellation policy.
There is no obligation to commit to therapy in the first session. If after the first session you feel you would like to continue your therapy with me, we can then discuss a suitable day and time which will become your regular weekly appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
Prior to beginning my career in counselling, I spent twenty years working within the financial services industry. Over this period I gained first-hand experience of how the workplace can both positively and negatively impact self-image, self-confidence and general well-being. I can relate to how the internal and external pressures of professional and personal life can directly impact on one’s mental health and self-worth.
Graduating from University with a degree in Behavioural Sciences (BSc Hons) I have gone on to complete a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling as well as certificates in both counselling studies and counselling skills. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Summary of Qualifications
- CPCAB Level 4 - Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
- CPCAB Level 3 - Certificate in Counselling Studies (Integrative)
- CPCAB Level 2 - Certificate in Counselling Skills (Integrative)
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- BSc (Hons) Degree in Behavioural Science
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation call: Free (20-minute phone call)
Ongoing session costs: £50 per session* (50-minute session)
*Payment is required before or at the time of the appointment. Payment will still be required for cancelled or missed sessions that fall outside of the required notice period.
As a registered member of the BACP (Registration no. 376635) I work within the ethical framework as set out by the BACP. I have regular supervision and have professional indemnity insurance.