Andrew Smith MSc MBACP
Are you finding life harder than usual? Struggling to find somewhere just to be yourself – or feeling unsure who you are anymore? As a qualified counsellor I can provide a safe space to listen to what you really want to say, without judging you for what you do, say, think or feel.
Working with a “person-centred” approach, I accept you, your thoughts, feelings and actions, as you are, without judging you. While I have professional training and life experience, I also take the view that you are the expert on yourself. I seek to bring a warmth and gentleness to my approach, which can help us to face deep and difficult issues together.
If you want to get started, email me to set up an initial free half hour introductory session. If you’re happy to continue, we’ll set up a second session and then meet weekly/fortnightly, whatever pace suits you, for as little or as long as suits you.
During the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic I am working by telephone and video calls only and passing on my reduced overheads to my clients through a reduced fee of £30 per session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor working in South Cheshire. I have an MSc from Keele University in Counselling and Psychotherapy with a distinction in research and practice.
My professional experience as a counsellor includes work for an adult hospice and for a youth support charity. Previous roles involved working in the law, NHS and special needs.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (number 00916703) and work to the BACP ethical framework. I also have an enhanced DBS check, safeguarding training to level 2 and professional insurance for your protection and to assure you that I work safely.
I am active in research, with published papers in the field of spirituality, bereavement and LGBT+ issues and am studying for a PhD.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Each of us is unique. Whether the therapeutic relationship will “click” can be hard to tell before we meet, so I offer a free half-hour session to see whether we each wish to proceed. Thereafter each 50 minute session costs £40. During the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic I am working by telephone and video calls only and passing on my reduced overheads to my clients through a reduced fee of £30 per session.
I also offer walking therapy and use of collage as alternative ways of finding a safe way to explore deep feelings.
Among the feedback on my counselling I have received from clients, people have said:
”Andrew understood more about me in a few sessions than I had in a lifetime.”
”Andrew really listened and understood how I feel.”
”I wasn’t sure whether to come or how I felt about seeing a male therapist, but I’m glad I did. Andrew really put me at ease.”