Andrew has always had a passion for helping people heal, develop and flourish. Having benefited immensely himself from counselling and therapy, in his early 30s he trained in London as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. More recently he also gained a qualification in coaching and mentoring, including life coaching, coaching singers and other performers in dealing with nerves and workplace coaching.
Counselling (or therapy) is about talking within a safe space in confidence to a trained professional who does not judge you or the things that are affecting you. Using a range of appropriate techniques and approaches, as your counsellor (or therapist) I support you to resolve sometimes painful issues from the past that may be holding you back, help you deal with your feelings and emotions, and ultimately gain an improved sense of wellbeing.
I offer a broad counselling service to help with issues such as grief, bereavement and loss; anger; stress, anxiety and depression; shame and low self-esteem; and relationships and family issues. I also offer couples counselling.
I also specialise in working with clients who:
- Are in recovery from addiction, eating disorders and alcohol-dependency
- Were abused or neglected as children or who grew up in
- Dysfunctional families
- Were adopted or are exploring other issues of identity
- Are struggling with issues of sexuality and intimacy.
I belong to the affirmative It’s All About You Wellbeing network which enables LGBTQ+ people, their families and friends to make contact with the right professional for them.
We would first have a brief telephone conversation followed by an initial face-to-face session to explore the issues together and find out whether counselling is the best option for you and whether I am the right counsellor for you to work with. If we decide to go ahead, sessions are usually weekly. This could be short-term to deal with a specific issue or longer-term, for example, to uncover and resolve deeper-seated issues including negative experiences from childhood.
- Theory and Practice of Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Bruce Lloyd Consultants, London
- Certificate in Couples Counselling, accredited by International Society of Professional Counsellors
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registration number: 198305
- Ethical framework: I abide by the BACP Code of Ethics.
Do you want to feel more positive about the life that you lead? Make some big changes? Perhaps take on a new challenge?
Coaching is all about helping you achieve the results you want in your life. The focus is on getting really clear what it is you want and then identifying the steps you need to take to realise your full potential. This could be about any aspect of life; landing your dream job; finding the work-life balance that suits you; improving the quality of your relationships or daring to have a go at something you’ve always longed to do but told yourself you couldn’t!
As your coach, my role is not to give you answers, but to ask the right questions so that you find your own answers. I work flexibly (some people prefer to go out walking on the seafront rather than sit in a room, and that’s fine by me!) and always with your best interests at heart. While supportive and encouraging I can also be challenging! Coaching is usually: focused on one or two specific issues; action-oriented (now and the future, rather than looking back into the past); and short-term, typically four to six sessions over a few weeks or months (but there is no hard-and-fast rule, it depends on what works for you).
- ILM (Institute for Leadership Management) Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring.
- Ethical framework: I abide by the EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council) Code of Ethics.
Andrew also works with Torbay Talking Therapy