Andy West

Andy West

20 Courtenay Park
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2HB

The Nautilus Rooms
35A Fore Street

07976 912 909

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About me

About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced professional Integrative counsellor. I offer a safe space for you to explore whatever it is that brings you to counselling. Inspired by my passion for the inner journey that each of us takes to find out what it really means to be a human being. This can mean exploring difficult and painful issues that you are dealing with in your life. I offer a deep compassionate listening and ongoing steady support to help you find resource and feel empowered in response to past and present issues.

I can support you to explore anxiety and depression, grief and loss, addiction, adoption issues, phobias, family and relationship problems, somatic symptoms, trauma, work related stress and low self confidence, and harsh self judgement.

I like to work with the body, helping you to listen to your body and learn to connect with your emotions and feelings in relation to different thought patterns. Difficult past experiences and related thought patterns often get 'stuck' in the body, and can feel very uncomfortable. I can help you compassionately move towards these places within yourself and help you to allow a gentle unwinding and resolution of the difficulty you may be feeling.

We always work in the now, the body is always in the present, learning to anchor and ground through the body, we can connect to our innate aliveness and learn to meet whatever life is throwing at us in the moment. Everything is explored, symptoms , behaviour, thought patterns, dreams, work and relationships. And as the saying goes "if its in the way it is the way!" Everything that arises in the process can be seen as a gateway for transformation and healing.

Cultivating awareness is key , and through the illumination of awareness comes real understanding. Understanding our reactions to life, to people, places and things, can lead us to greater and greater degrees of freedom. This is the journey i would like to offer you support with, and to walk with you through the beautiful vistas and when the going gets dark and tough.

I am deeply nourished by my spiritual journey, which is inspired by buddhist/mindfulness meditation and spiritual inquiry over many years, and my own therapeutic process. Also a deep connection to nature and I am a passionate surfer and have a deep love for the ocean and water in general.

As well being a counsellor I am a fully qualified Pilates teacher, and teach regular classes in the local area, and i love helping people to strengthen and gain confidence in their bodies. I was also a professional chef for 17 years, working in fine dining restaurants, after which i moved into the care profession working with people with profound special needs for 7 years.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Counselling, Dartmoor Center, Newton Abbot

I am an Individual Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy BACP; I work to BACP Codes of Ethics;

Self Compassion practice - Gaia House Retreat Center

Regular Mindfulness Retreats- various teachers-Gaia House Retreat Centre

Student of the Diamond Approach for 10 years- I have been a student of the work of Hameed Ali(who writes using the pen name A H Almaas) since 2009. His work, the Diamond Approach, does not separate psychological and spiritual experience, and therefore sees no dichotomy between depth psychology and spiritual work. I attend 2 week long retreats every year.

25 years experience of self inquiry through meditation, yoga , pilates and qi qong .

25 years experience of Psychotherapy and a wide range of Complementary Health approaches

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adoption issues


£40 a session

Maps & Directions

Newton Abbot, TQ12 2HB
Totnes, TQ9 5HN

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: English only


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

There is wheelchair accessibility at my Newton Abott venue


I am available monday to friday day times and some evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults