Andy Heap Dip Person Centred Counselling MBACP
Hi there, so you're got this far in looking for a counsellor - I remember only too well how difficult it was to choose some stranger to help me all those many moons ago - I guess it's my job here to give you enough of a sense of who I am so that you can at least decide quickly enough whether you want to read on, or move on. Well, here goes...
Professionally, I first started my counselling training in 1994. I remember that I was also working as a student mental health nurse but that didn't suit me, and I moved over to working with young offenders in Edinburgh. I completed a HNC counselling qualification in 1997 and did a year or two of voluntary counselling. However, I have always worked full time with people, mostly in the voluntary sector, supporting them through difficulties, though not always as a counsellor. For many years I worked as a mediator, both in the community and as a registered Family Mediator, which I still do. In 2013 I decided to return to counselling and qualified as a person centred counsellor and worked directly with Carers as a counsellor for 5 years.
As I've worked directly with people who have been struggling with themselves or others, in one capacity or another for nearly 25 years, I understand how we can all at times find life incredibly difficult. I've always believed that with support and help people can find their own way back. I believe that having someone, even if it is just one person, with whom you can share just how much of a struggle life is for you, that this can make all the difference. To the best of my ability, I'll be that person - I'll work along side you and support you to find your way back to yourself, and who you want to be.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience covers over 25 years of working with people who are either socially excluded, such as the young men struggling to make different choices within the criminal justice system, carers who find themselves lost in the daily needs of another, with little physical or emotional space to find themselves again - to families struggling with separation and divorce, dealing with the loss and confusion. My roles have been, support worker, mediator or counsellor but whatever my role I've helped, supported, listened to how it has been for these individuals and worked alongside them to find a way forward.
I work as a Registered Family Mediator for Relationships Scotland with whom I trained in 2008
I worked as a Counsellor for the Devon Carers Counselling Service for nearly five years
I have worked as a private counsellor initially in 1997 - 99 and again on and off from 2015 to current day.
I have experience of working in the Mental Health field and have counselled people through loss, debt, drug use and mental health difficulties.
I believe thet everyone, can with support find their way through whatever difficulty they are facing and move forward through understanding themselves to making the best decisions they can for their future.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
I work on a sliding scale between £20 - £40 per 50 min session.
I can offer free introductory sessions (30 mins) were we can both decide if we want to work together. I will listen to your circumstances before agreeing with you an acceptable price should we agree to begin counselling.
Students and Carers would be particularly welcome.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can am available on Mondays, or other evenings between 6pm and 9pm. I am happy to work weekends - just drop me a line and we can see if we can match my availability with yours.
Types of client