My name is Andy and I am a qualified person-centred counsellor. I strongly believe that we all have the ability to navigate the challenges life provides by drawing on our own experience and capabilities. As a person-centred counsellor, my role is to enable clients to explore whatever they choose to bring to sessions in order to gain a deeper understanding of how it is impacting them and enabling them to create positive change. I do this through actively listening and offering useful reflections of key themes I may notice including any changes over time. I will ask clients questions that will encourage them to think about their experiences in new ways and will never judge or lead anyone into talking about something they are not comfortable with.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 10 years’ experience in a variety of mental health and wellbeing roles. I have spent a significant period of this time working for front-line services within the charity sector. I have supported a wide range of different client groups around their mental health, housing, addiction and employment needs and have worked with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and communities such as the LGBTQ+ community, migrants & refugees and people with disabilities.
This experience feeds into the counselling I provide and gives me a deeper understanding of some of the specific challenges people can face. I am also a registered member (384603) of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and therefore work in accordance with their ethical framework and professional conduct procedure.
- ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Leeds City College
- BSc (Hons) Psychology 2:1 – The University of Leeds
- Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling - Association for Counselling & Therapy Online
- Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy – City & Guilds
Various in-work training including: confidentiality & data protection, safeguarding adults, domestic abuse, mental health & creativity, equality & diversity, bereavement skills & many more.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone session
I charge the following fees for each 50-minute session:
£50 – Daytime appointments (weekly before 5:30pm)
£55 - Fortnightly appointments (daytime only)
£60 – Evening appointments (weekly from 5:30pm)
I have current availability for new clients and am offering sessions face-to-face, over Zoom or by telephone. I have carried out a full Covid-19 risk assessment for in-person sessions and have implemented additional safety measures. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.
What happens next?
I understand how daunting it can feel accessing therapy (especially with somebody you haven’t met before) so I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to make the process as comfortable as possible. This is an informal chat for me to find out a bit more about what you are hoping to gain from counselling to ensure my skills and experience are aligned with this. It will also give you the opportunity to get a sense of how we might work together and ask any questions you may have to help you decide if you would like to proceed with an initial appointment.
During our first session, we will go over the counselling agreement to ensure we both understand the arrangements moving forward. The rest of the time will be for us to start exploring whatever you choose to bring in order to gain a deeper understanding of how it is impacting you.
We will regularly review how the therapy is going and when the time feels right we can work towards an ending. This means you have the choice to work with me for as long as you choose in line with your personal needs and preferences.
I look forward to hearing from you.