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 as an MBT (Mentalisation Based Treatment) practitioner, which I offer in my work with people with borderline personality disorder. I work with individuals and groups, helping people to understand more about the difficulties they face, and to find more compassionate ways of relating to themselves.
I am trained in psychodrama and creative techniques, but I also offer purely talking based psychotherapy. 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.
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 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 people who self-harm and struggle with addictions. I have also worked with people 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 have worked in NHS MBT services for people with Borderline Personality Disorder in Bristol and London 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I offer sessions at the rate of £55 per hour.
Initial session is £30.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some evenings available
Types of client