Andrew Rutherford, registered psychologist and psychotherapist
Statement about COVID-19: We are living in uncertain times. There is an increased need to protect physical health in ways that are affecting mental health. The impact of social distancing and self-isolation can be distressing. If you are finding life difficult and are confined to your home, I can work with you online or by telephone.
Figuring out which therapist to work with can be confusing, particularly when things are not going well. You might be asking yourself whether counselling and psychotherapy can help and how to know who's the right therapist for you.
Arranging one-off meetings with a few therapists is often a good way to start the process. By meeting different therapists, you can get a sense about how you feel with different people and who you can be more open and frank with.
To help you make a decision, I will be clear and open here in describing who I am and what I offer. I charge half my usual fee for the first meeting to support the process of finding the right therapist.
Who I am
I have been providing counselling and psychotherapy for ten years across a range of contexts in the private and public sector, and offer short- and long-term therapy in central and north London. I am a member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Psychological Society (BPS) and follow their codes of conduct and ethical principles.
I work with people with diverse socio-economic, sexual, gender, racial and cultural identities who come with a wide range of issues to do with personal change. These include:
- low self-esteem / low self-confidence
- anxiety; panic attacks
- anger management
- motivation and performance
- lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) issues
- existential and spiritual difficulties
- transpersonal work
- couples counselling for people living with dementia
Please see the list below for more details.
What I offer
I provide a confidential space for us to meet and explore the things that are distressing you, with the aim of forming new ways to relate to your difficulties and identifying opportunities to change. Our meetings occur at the same time every week either for an agreed period, or on an open-ended basis with a regular review. During the sessions, I work with you to get a better understanding of what you are going through and reflect back aspects of your life as I experience them, so you can consider them from a different perspective. To facilitate this, I stay open to your experience in a non-judgemental way.
I pay attention to how your present situation is influenced by your past, and notice how this might be shaping our work together in the sessions; seeing how you are in the ‘here and now’ as well as the ‘there and then’ is a useful way of working out the 'where and when' to change.
The way I work
The way I work is integrative, that is, I bring together my values and the ideas from a broad range of therapies to best meet your personal aims. How I’m informed by this integration depends on what you need. From the start, your aims and how we’ll work towards them are decided by both of us, not just me. Once we’ve identified what you want to change, I can offer you the dedicated space, time and ways of working that enable you to explore your situation more deeply and change more quickly than if you were doing it on your own.
If you want to read a bit more about the way I work, I find Louis Cozolino's book Why Therapy Works (2016) offers a useful framework; or for a lighter read, you could try the well-informed graphic novel Couch Fiction by Philippa Perry and Junko Graat (2010).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have provided counselling and psychotherapy for over ten years in the NHS, charity and private sectors.
Full Clinical Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Professional doctorate (DCPsych) in Counselling Psychology and Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute (pending examination)
BSc in Applied Psychology
Registered / Accredited
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Caring for a person with dementia or neuro-degenerative disease (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Motor Neuron Disease, Huntington's disease, dementia with Lewy Bodies)
Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity: non-binary identity and people who are transitioning
I charge £70-85 per session depending on time and location.
I charge half my usual fee for the initial meeting.
I am working online and by telephone while COVID-19 remains a threat to physical health.
I wish you well in your search for a therapist. If you have any queries please get in touch.