Dr Andrew Perry
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Hello my name is Andrew Perry. I believe we can help each other. I specialise in helping by example. I offer free initial sixty minute consultations, resources on my website, an online therapeutic group, outdoor face to face therapy and clinical supervision
It's ordinary to have times when we feel less healthy than others. Maybe, like me, you have experienced receiving help to feel healthier. People helped to rediscover the bravery to change their experience. People like us.
I think everyone deserves help to feel healthier. I am offering you that help to feel healthier. I will listen to you, respond to you and help by example. Practising new ways of understanding and relating. The practicalities of feeling healthier.
Receiving help may trigger different feelings. Sadness in recognising that we need help, anxiety about the change help brings and happiness about becoming healthier. Feelings that communicate the importance of changing our current experience. So I invite you to receive my help to feel healthier today.
Training, qualifications & experience
Your needs first
I have a reputation for putting the needs of my clients first. I do this through warm and safe professional relationships. I work independently and hard for you. Evidence for these claims can be found through my website testimonials page, employment history, blog and publications.
A quality service
I am a qualified clinical psychologist. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and certified by the British Psychological Society (BPS.) I have held a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Leicester since 2007. I have worked in mental health, for the past twenty five years, in the NHS, charities, as well as private practice.
A bespoke service
I love applying psychology to help people feel healthier. Using cognitive, behavioural, systemic and psycho dynamic understandings. Through negotiation each consultation is unique to your circumstances.
A private environment where you can be yourself I understand that privacy can be important to enable us to be ourselves and take the risks required to become healthier. I work to the codes of ethics of the HCPC and BPS. I am also a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme of Disclosure Scotland. These require a honest, trusted and confidential relationships, where you get the credit. I commit to this private ethical practice with each person.
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Psychological Society
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£70.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
When I work
I offer consultations throughout the week.
My specialism is helping by example.
How many therapists' does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the therapist has to change first.
This is helping by example. The therapist changes first to help the customer.
'What are you getting paid for?’ I heard myself ask. I looked around to see who was listening. Quickly realising I was facilitating a group and had not prepared this intervention. I noticed how the group had gone silent and its customers looked towards me. Patiently waiting for me to answer my own question. I stumbled ‘I am paid to lead’. Lead with what? ‘Lead with my vulnerability.’ I stumbled again, ‘I am paid to trust you before you trust me.’ It sounded good enough. Relieved, myself and the group relaxed. The conversation moved on but the question, for me, remained. What am I actually getting paid for?
What do I do that has a monetary value beyond that of the customer? It is also a challenge for the customer. Couldn't you get that elsewhere? What about cheaper or free? Why, sometimes, it may be a good use of your money to pay for a psychologist. At the very least, I hope you will agree, it is always a good idea to know what we are paying for when we are buying something.'
I change first
'In therapy the customer gets the credit. The therapist succeeds by failing the customer's way. Bearing the consequence of that failure. Namely redundancy from temporary employment. In my experience this is a disciplined and effective way of being with people. Admitting our mistakes and trying not to repeat them. Accepting the complaint, anger and disappointment of the customer without retaliation. Responding in an adult way to the customers corrective criticism. Exploring what has happened between us. Breaking the comfortable lock of complementarity. Letting go of a fantasy of being the complete, innocent, blameless therapist. In these ways the therapist is paid to change, in order to help the customer. And so in the end, my first answer to the group was not a bad stab at the value added. What am I getting paid for? Paid to lead with my vulnerability, then to follow yours, to a place of greater psychological health.'
This is a summary drawn from my full article 'What are you getting paid for? published by the counselling directory.