- Phone number
- 0783 702 1726
- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
I meet with clients in a quiet, safe place in the centre of Sidmouth. It is easy to find and there is plenty of parking. We would both agree to follow strictly all current government public health guidance.
If you prefer we can meet online with Zoom, or by phone. That might make it much easier to fit the counselling into the time you have available and without having to travel – wherever you are in the UK.
I have set times and days in the week when I am available, but within that I can be flexible to meet with you if you do not have a fixed schedule.
I am also able to offer counselling in the form of a quiet hour’s walk.
About me and my therapy practice
I am happy to work with the whole diversity of people, welcoming you as you are.
My areas of therapy are especially with anxiety, loss and bereavement, anger, relationship issues, self-esteem, identity and spirituality.
I recognise that men often hesitate about counselling, so I’m mindful of the ways that male clients may find more helpful.
As a person-centred counsellor I aim to meet you at your point of need: to support you in the realities that have to be accepted, and to recognise the choices you have in your potential to become the person you want to be.
If I wasn’t a therapist I wouldn’t mind being a barber, because it’s while having a haircut that many people feel ok to talk and off-load. Therapy can be as natural as that. It’s a resource that many more of us could make good use of.
Please do look at my website, then give me a call or send an email to see if we can connect at your point of need.
Client testimonial from E VR, February 2021: “Andrew was a skilled, intelligent and very kind counsellor to me at a low point in my life. I consider myself very fortunate as I often found him leading me skilfully and professionally to find my own solutions and answers to my concerns and questions usually much to my surprise. This ability to guide me and yet show me that I was not always correct and as clear in my thinking and perceptions as I thought I was, always with a gentle smile, means that I trust Andrew absolutely. I always felt safe with him, from the first appointment."
"Andrew has excellent time management skills and I never felt rushed. The last session with him was positive and affirming with many good memories. He guided me to feel empowered again and to value myself.”
Would I be the right sort of therapist for you? I aim to be open and able to relate to a wide range of people. I have many years’ experience of community-based pastoral care.
My approach to counselling is both what is called Person Centred (which is about trusting that each person has the potential to become more fully themselves) and Existential (that in opening up our awareness of how each of us exists we can learn to make our best life-choices). It is also an Acceptance and Commitment form of therapy (addressing attitudes to enable you to live a more meaningful and valued life).
But I try to avoid jargon which could be off-putting. As therapist I support the client by being honest, non-judgemental and fully-accepting, not giving advice but always letting the client lead and set the pace.
There are three ways that might characterise the way we live in the world. One is thinking, one is feeling, and one is behaving. We often hide from our true feelings. We don’t always think clearly or positively. Both may underlie our actions. Counselling can also give us the space to reflect on our behaviour. All sorts of people find that helpful, and often men.
My first session
I remember feeling quite nervous when I went to my own first session of counselling as a new client. So I was grateful that my therapist welcomed me warmly, explained things clearly, and put me at my ease. I now try to do the same myself.
Our first session will be to identify what has prompted you to consider counselling, to see what you want the therapy to help with - and the right place for you to start.
We can discuss together and agree key matters such as confidentiality. These will include all the practicalities which will ensure that our sessions remain a safe space for you in line with the BACP Ethical Framework and the law relating to the protection of your data.
If you then decide that you would like to continue working with me we would agree on a helpful schedule.
In the first session I'd hope to give you a sense of what person-centred counselling is like: that it will be to deal with what's mattering for you, that while I am the trained and qualified professional, you are the expert on yourself.
Talking to someone who really listens well is so simple but can be so helpful. It's how we are as human beings. We need to see ourselves holistically. That's why eco-anxiety is increasingly such a big issue for many of us to manage. You are you (and you have the potential to become more fully yourself). But we each have to find ourselves in relation to the bigger picture.
I hope that today might be the time for you to take a further step in that process.
What I can help with
Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Existential, Person centred
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited