Andy Lawrenson M.A. MBACP & NCS
- Person Centred Counsellor
- Individuals, Couples and Groups
- Practice in Richmond and Darlington
- Fully insured and Verified
“I was only talking about you this morning. Everything is really good, in fact more than good and it’s thanks to our sessions . . ."
Hello and welcome! If you are here reading this, then you have found the courage and resolve to take that vital first step - acknowledging that you need some help with a conflict that you feel stuck with, and taking that first vital step in reaching out for counselling.
How can Counselling Help?
All of us have issues that have felt overwhelming at some point in our lives - knots of anger, sadness or loss. One of the most powerful ways of unravelling these knots is to talk to someone who is simply there for you. Someone who is uninvolved in your own life, but will listen and bring their experience to help peel back the layers to get to right down to what is really going on for you. Expressing your thoughts and feelings that may have been bottled up for many years, often robs them of their power to hold you in a bad place. empowering you to look at life from a fresh perspective and giving you wings to move on.
What to expect in the first session
This session is about building trust and a rapport with each other, so that you feel safe opening up to a stranger about your innermost feelings. I usually open the session by talking about confidentiality and safeguarding, say a few words about myself and invite you to ask any questions you may have about me. This usually takes no more than a few minutes. the rest of this time is completely yours to talk about the issues that are troubling you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- B.A. (Hons) Music
- Extensive Experience in Music and Therapy
- M.A. Counselling Studies
- Voluntary and Private Practice
I initially trained and worked with individuals, and groups with CRUSE Bereavement Care. After studying for an M.A. in Counselling Studies at Durham University for two years, I then worked as a counsellor within a drug and alcohol agency. I now still work for CRUSE as a bereavement counsellor, and in private practice, working with individuals and couples over a range of different issues. I am a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists) and the NCS (National Counselling Society)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
- £45 per hour individuals
- £50 per hour for couples
These are full prices for sessions, but if finances are an issue, I do not like to see people turned away on a cost basis. Best to ring up for a chat to see if I can help.
My approach is broadly person centred. I believe that we all are experts in our own affairs, and that deep down underneath the layers, we all have the answers to our conflicts within ourselves. My privilege in working with you as a counsellor will be to help you find the answers that feel right for you, enabling you to move towards a sense of resolution.
As a working musician, I have a deep interest and extensive experience in using music in a therapeutic setting. Currently I am studying for a diploma in sound therapy, run reminiscence sessions for dementia sufferers, among other musical activities.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|