Andy might have 20 plus years of experience of working with clients in all sorts of settings but experience counts for very little if a counsellor cannot fully understand exactly what problem the person is actually facing. It is not unusual that a person might say I have what they describe as anxiety for example. Symptoms of anxiety can present is so many different ways.
There is an art and a skill that takes years for a counsellor to develop so an effective counsellor can create a sense of security to ensure that trust develops between the counsellor and person the counsellor os working with.
Trust is the key ingredient to the development of confidential space where someone can feel safe allowing them along with the correct level of support to begin to address whatever needs to addressed in counselling.
Understanding how a person thinks and works is also an important ingredient in the counselling relationship. It is not unusual that when an effective counsellor blends the correct processes together resulting in a very quick transformation and empowering for a client.
Safeguards need to be in place to ensure the practice meets and exceeds ethical and professional guidelines. Andy has been A BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist since 2004
Exploring the problem is the beginning of the work and can often take us off in all sorts of directions in order to solve the presenting problem. With the solution always in mind an effective counsellor might be able to call on a persons past ways of solving situations to form part of new ways to solve the current dilemmas.
It is the counsellor’s job to look at all aspects of what has caused a person to seek out a counsellor. Often looking at the symptoms in a logical systemic way and see what connects to what – a bit like piecing a jigsaw together.
Sometimes counselling might need to involve other agencies. If this is the case then Andy is very experienced in working with a whole host multi agency working.
Sometimes this is not possible to bring around a change right away and we need to learn new skills – this is perfectly normal and acceptable and is an important task of counselling. There is no pressure and limit to the number of sessions a person might need.
If counselling support is going to be effective then it makes sense for everyone to reasonable about the outcome counselling can have. For some people/families and organisations counselling can be quite transformational. For others Counselling can just be a good tool to help someone cope in a much more effective and resilient way.
I firmly believe that we all can change given the right opportunity and the right tools to enable that change.
For change to be sustainable it is important a person leaves counselling with a better understanding of themselves and more importantly leaves counselling with right tools to enable continued self change. Checking in with a counsellor you have previously worked with can be a good thing and a way of staying on top of the hectic lives we all live.
85% of Andy’s work is from referrals or recommendations from past clients and Andy is a registered provider to most of the major medical insurance companies
I work with the following
Abuse, ADD/ADHD, addiction(s), adoption, adoption issues, anger management, anxiety, asperger ayndrome, bereavement, business coaching, cancer, career coaching, child related issues, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME therapy, coaching supervision, cultural issues, depression, disability, dissociation, eating disorders, xecutive coaching, general counselling, health related issues, identity problems, leadership coaching, life coaching, loss, men’s issues, mental health issues, obsessions, OCD, personal development, phobias, post-traumatic stress, pregnancy related issues, redundancy, relationships, self-esteem, self-harm, service veterans, sex related issues, sexual identity, sexuality, stress, trauma, women’s issues, Work related issues, relationship Issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
cPost grad Diploma in counselling
BACP Accreditation 2004
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
First appointment £85.00
Our first appointment will be an opportunity for us to meet face to face in the environment where we would both be working.The initial session gives everyone concerned a chance to explore what has caused us to meet and it will also give you a sense of how working together would feel if we both decide to work behond the intial session.
The first session is without obligation on either side to continue past the first meeting. If we felt we couldnt work together i would most probably recommend someone who could prossibly work with you. This doesnt happen very often but on the ocassions it does then i will try my best to recommend some with the correct skill and experience to work with you. Aditional letters or reports would be charged for at an agreed fee.
If we are going to work together it is important to agree how and when we carry this out. It is important to agree many things in the first meeting. This is what counsellors call a contact. This is nothing to worry about as it a way of ensuring counselling is an effective and safe tool to help you.
Counselling sessions £48.00 - £85.00 (some concessions available*)
Telephone counselling £48.00
Counselling for couples £70.00
Report Writing £30.00 per hour
Day rate POA
Training Rate POA
Consultancy £95.00 per hour
Supervision £55.00 per hour- some concessions available
Group Supervision with upto four persons £75.00
Travelling Rate 0.48p per mile
* I make a provision within my private practice to have three concession places at any one time.
When I work
Limited availability - please call or email. I work from Tuesday-Saturday. Daytime and Evening appointments are available. I also can arrange home visits.