- Phone number
- 0783 702 1726
- Flexible hours available
- Available for home visits
- Concessionary rates
If you feel that you have many demands to juggle in your life I will want to work with you to find the days and times that are most helpful for you.
About me and my therapy practice
You will be looking for the sort of counselling support that is right for you. Look at my website to get a feel about my approach. Give me a call or send an email and let's see if we can connect at your point of need.
I'd say that my aim is to be an emotionally intelligent listener, able to accompany you as you recognise where you really are, and as you find the best ways ahead.
I'm an older person (certainly not 'old'!) and I'm often working with people who are experiencing challenges – in themselves, their outlook, their relationships, or other personal circumstances. Maybe it is anxiety, bereavement, or some other kind of loss of meaning that you are struggling with?
Months of staying at home during the pandemic have shown many of us the healing power of nature, the value of what we call spiritual, and the use of reflective practices. I will want to support you in exploring what can be restorative for you.
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 counsellor for you? I can honestly say that I usually find it easy to relate to a wide range of people. I do have many years’ experience of pastoral care. I’m told that I come across as a good listener.
I try to avoid jargon which could be off-putting. 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).
The counsellor supports the client by being honest, non-judgemental and fully-accepting, not giving advice but letting the client lead and set the pace.
My first session
I remember that I felt 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 I'm the trained and qualified professional, but 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, 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
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited