Andy Rayner, MBACP, MBPsS
Hello and welcome,
People from all walks of life seek counselling at times in their lives:
• Whether you’re feeling depressed & ruminating about past experience(s); and/or anxiously worrying about what might happen in the future.
• Sometimes people are traumatised by things that happen to them while growing up, sometimes experiences as an adult.
• Maybe you want to explore your feelings, thoughts, reactions to other people, or make sense of their behaviour towards you.
• Sometimes people want to make sense of losses, bereavements, and other life transitions.
• You might have a specific issue, or sometimes things don’t feel right in general.
• Or a sense that something is wrong, missing, or, …isn’t there more to life?
• People often seek help when in distress but counselling isn’t just for the unwell! It can help people to live a more meaningful life & flourish.
If any of this resonates for you then please explore my profile and contact me to see how counselling with me might help you.
Counselling has helped people with a range of concerns:
• General anxiety disorder
• Adverse experiences in childhood
• Adult trauma
• Bereavement and loss
• Adjustment to change/transition
• Relationship concerns
• Work stress
• Enduring mental health distress
• Autism spectrum concerns
My approach is to:
• Offer short-term and open-ended/long-term, face to face, counselling to individuals.
• Meet with people at the same day & time each week. Occasionally, more frequently.
• Offer Monday (daytime & evening) appointments and on Saturdays. With prior arrangement I may be able to offer appointments at other times also.
• Create a welcoming, safe, non-judgemental, and confidential space for people to explore and reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours about whatever is the concern because I appreciate the idea of counselling can feel scary and picking up the phone to make that first call is sometimes a big step.
• Begin with a brief phone conversation, or email if that is more preferable, so I can understand a little about your concerns. Followed by an initial consultation, during which we will discuss your concerns more fully, what you might be hoping for from the work, whether I might be the right person to help, and, importantly, try to work out whether we get on well enough to work together. Together we will agree how to proceed thereafter.
• Integrate ideas and strategies from a number of approaches e.g. humanistic, psychodynamic and analytic, CBT, plus others. Also draw on the latest research and developments in the field of neuroscience.
• Form these into a client centred, philosophically coherent approach aimed towards a more complete & authentic way of living.
• Emphasise the client-counsellor relationship at the heart of the therapy.
• Presently I work as a counsellor in private practice, and counsel & assess for several charities.
• One of the most important parts of a counsellor’s training is reflecting on their own life experiences: I have come to my training later in life first having seen a little of how life can go. And, I have been able to make sense of things through my own counselling, so I understand the trials & tribulations involved with taking up this kind of work.
• I am passionate about empowering people to live authentic, richer, & more meaningful lives, by bringing a deeper psychological understanding to our experiences and relationships. For me, it is important to help individuals in distress and as much as human distress is universal; I am also mindful how each individual is different and experiences their distress uniquely. I see both counselling and education as important & helpful towards going about this.
• When not counselling, or involved with my other work, I like to divide my time between family & friends, being, especially in the out-doors, and my music interests.
• Before training as a counsellor I had a career in industry and in the health & social care sector. Currently, I am also a specialist tutor in the mental health field in education.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have practised in a number of organisations:
• I have worked in three different general counselling services, each in very different and diverse communities. Between them I have worked to short, medium & long term goals. In total this is >10yrs experience.
• I have over 8yrs experience providing counselling services to the NHS at Primary Care level.
• Over 4yrs in private practice.
• I have also provided counselling in an NHS Staff service.
• Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies – Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University.
– I have already completed 5yrs of this training & am presently on a study break before returning to complete the final stage.
• BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology with Philosophy.
• British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
- – registered member.
• The British Psychological Society.
- – graduate member.
- – division of Counselling Psychology (in training member).
As part of my continuing professional development I regularly attend workshops & seminars relevant to the field.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
• I charge £45 for a 50 minute appointment.
• I do offer a small number of reduced price appointments (each week) for those in hardship. Please ask whether I currently have any concessionary places available.
• At present I am only able to accept payment in cash, cheque and by bank transfer.
• I do have to charge for missed sessions or sessions cancelled at short notice (<24hrs).
• I am based in comfortable consulting rooms in the DE15 area of Burton-on-Trent.
• My rooms are not far from Burton town centre.
• My rooms have wheel chair access. If you require this please discuss this with me in advance of any booking.
• My professional registrations are with the BACP & BPS. I subscribe to the codes of ethics of my professional member organisations.
• I hold professional indemnity & public liability insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am unable to answer my phone/emails while working. Please leave a message or email me and I will respond as soon as I am able. Usually this will be on the same day you leave the message.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|