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About me

I have been working with people experiencing unhappiness in all sorts of ways for many years and never yet come across anyone who's distress or anxiety or sadness didn't make sense once we had talked about it for a while. Every individual is different and special in my book but has in common the need to be heard, recognised, valued and understood. As a person-centred counsellor those four things are at the heart of my practice. Whatever your concern or difficulty, sharing what is on your mind and in your heart in a safe space is the start of healing and self acceptance. I work online and by phone.

I find nothing more satisfying than building a working relationship that feels safe and gives you the confidence to explore the issues that are troubling you. Coming into counselling is such a big threshold to cross and can be very anxiety provoking in itself. Let's get together for a conversation and see how we can help you move forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

After working as a volunteer and community worker from the age of 21, I qualified as  Registered Mental Nurse in 1991. I have worked with people in distress ever since, including working with young adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, as a mental health therapist in within social services and in arts and health projects. I qualified with a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy early in 2018 and have worked in private practice and as an Associate with Sheffield Central Counselling. I have also volunteered my time and skills with Sheffield Alcohol Support Service (Project 6) and Share Psychotherapy. I lecture on the degree course in Person-Centred Counselling at The Metanoia Institute.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I can work with groups to help identify difficulties and enhance communication, please contact me to discuss this.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer an online or phone assessment free. My standard rate is £50/hour. For groups and organisations please enquire.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I work a range of hours between 9.00am - 9.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am - 6.00pm Friday.

Ilkley
West Yorkshire
LS29

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Social

Andy Whitehouse

Andy Whitehouse