Andrew Smith MSc MBACP
When life feels tough, family and friends can help, but sometimes it’s useful to talk to somebody who’s here simply for you. As a qualified counsellor I offer a safe space to listen to you, where you don’t need to pretend that everything’s ok, where you can say what you really feel without fear of judgment.
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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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.
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.”
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work part-time during office hours on weekdays
Types of client