Chris Andrews - Psychotherapist (UKCP), Registered Mental Health Nurse (NMC)
Training and experience
I am an experienced psychotherapist (UKCP accredited) and a mental health nurse (NMC registered) with over 20 years experience of working in NHS mental health services. I also have wide experience of working with people in private practice, helping with issues such as depression, anxiety, low self esteem and relationship difficulties.
I am trained in psychodrama, which allows me to work creatively with people. These techniques can facilitate powerful insights and changes, particularly where people feel stuck in painful patterns. I also offer purely talking based psychotherapy, adapting my approach to the needs of each individual. I offer a warm, down to earth, non-judgemental approach, and my aim is to build a relationship of mutual trust with my clients, attending to the unique needs of each individual. I work short term and long term, with anyone who wishes to explore their struggles, past and present. I am available to work some evenings and weekends.
Who might seek my help?
I work with anyone who is troubled by difficult thoughts or feelings, or struggling to relate to others. This includes issues such as generalised anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss, and emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
I have extensive experience of working with people with borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, and those who struggle with self-harm and addictive behaviour. I also have experience of working with people with with phobias, OCD, psychosis and Bi-Polar Disorder, and all kinds of anxiety disorders.
What might you expect from the first session?
I offer initial sessions at a reduced fee, which allows clients an opportunity to tell me what has led them to seek therapy. I talk more about my approach, and offer some thoughts about how we might work together. The session allows both of us the chance to see if we think that we can work usefully together. There is absolutely no obligation to do so if it does not feel like the right thing to do.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered psychodrama psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 2013.
- Registered Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) since 1998.
- Registered MBT practitioner with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) since 2016
I am trained as an MBT (Mentalisation Based Treatment) practitioner, which I offer in my work with people with borderline personality disorder. I have worked in NHS services for people with Borderline Personality Disorder in Bristol, London and now East Sussex since 2014. Between 2003 and 2008, I worked for Bristol and Avon NHS specialist eating disorders service.
I have worked in NHS mental health services since 1998. I also have extensive experience of working as a private and freelance therapist, offering a range of 1:1 and group therapies, both short and long term.
I have a degree in English and Philosophy (BA Hons) from Manchester University, and am a qualified sociodramatist, registered with the British Psychodrama Association. I am experienced in using creative techniques in coaching, training, and team building and development.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer sessions at the rate of £50 per hour.
Initial session is £30.
Concessions offered for
Some evenings and weekend availability