- Phone number
- 07428 338931
I currently have availability on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons for Zoom clients.
About me and my therapy practice
What would you like to talk about today? It’s a common enough starting point in counselling sessions, but it is rarely a question with an easy answer.
As a BACP-registered counsellor based in south east London, I can help you navigate issues that are difficult for you to engage with on your own. Together we can see how you might change the way you respond to them.
My experience and approach
My approach can be boiled down to three words: change through insight.
I’m a humanistic counsellor, and our relationship will be the biggest asset in working for change. It provides a space for you to know that your feelings and needs are accepted, which is often the first step to being able to explore them in depth. Understanding why we feel and act the way we do can help gain the clarity you need to make decisions on how to implement change.
I know that counselling can be an intimidating experience, especially if you're not sure where to start. We can tailor how we work together so you feel secure enough to engage with the process. You can find out more about my working style at www.andrewmickel.co.uk.
I trained for three years at the well-respected Metanoia Institute, and have a diploma and BSc in humanistic counselling. As well as offering private practice, I counsel at ELOP in Walthamstow, and previously counselled at MCPS in Ealing.
I have worked with a wide variety of groups; in particular, I have worked extensively with men and people who identify as LGBT+, many of whom had previously struggled to find a non-judgemental counsellor who they felt comfortable sharing with.
Before counselling I worked in journalism and charity comms, as well as in the comedy industry (not, I should note, as a comedian). Journalism introduced me to a wide breadth of people, and the move to counselling felt logical: it offers a chance to work with others and see what they want to change, but at a much deeper, personal level. The comedy industry offered up a diversity of experience and ways of communication that I often feel surprised to find myself drawing on as a counsellor.
My first session
The most important factor in counselling is the relationship between the counsellor and the client, so an introductory session is a chance for us to get to know each other. We can talk about what issues have brought you to therapy and what you would like to achieve.
While my regular session rate is £50 for 50 minutes, an initial appointment is £25.
If we agree to work together, then we will set you a weekly 50-minute time slot. A weekly slot is the best way to find the stability needed to make change.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Depression, Men's issues, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy