Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
0783 702 1726

Contact Andrew

Therapist - Sidmouth

Sidmouth EX10
0783 702 1726
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

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

Therapy is about meeting you where you really are. If you know that things are not right, counselling can be the way to accept what can’t be changed and to change what can for the better – to commit to what is of value for you.

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.  

We can meet safely face-to-face, or easily online and by phone.

I often work with clients experiencing loss (in all its forms), anxiety (perhaps related to your particular circumstances, the pandemic, climate change, or in some way hard to pin down), relationships, bereavement, depression and low-moods, self-esteem, health related issues, stress (which might be for all sorts of reasons) and (in the widest sense) spirituality.

My clients are adults of all ages, 18-120!

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.”

Practice description

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.


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, 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