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Person Centred Counsellor

Leeds | Online

 

Covid-19 Update

I have current availability for new clients and am offering sessions via Zoom or telephone. I plan to return to face-to-face work in August and existing clients will be offered the opportunity to switch to this way of working if they wish to.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

 

About me

My name is Andy and I am a qualified person-centred counsellor. I strongly believe that we all have the ability to navigate the challenges life provides by drawing on our own experience and capabilities. As a person-centred counsellor, my role is to enable clients to explore whatever they choose to bring to sessions in order to gain a deeper understanding of how it is impacting them and enabling them to create positive change. I do this through actively listening and offering useful reflections of key themes I may notice including any changes over time. I will ask clients questions that will encourage them to think about their experiences in new ways and will never judge or lead anyone into talking about something they are not comfortable with.

 

Experience & qualifications

I have over 10 years’ experience in a variety of mental health and wellbeing roles. I have spent a significant period of this time working for front-line services within the charity sector. I have supported a wide range of different client groups around their mental health, housing, addiction and employment needs and have worked with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and communities such as the LGBTQ+ community, migrants & refugees and people with disabilities.


This experience feeds into the counselling I provide and gives me a deeper understanding of some of the specific challenges people can face. I am also a registered member (384603) of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and therefore work in accordance with their ethical framework and professional conduct procedure.

I have undertaken comprehensive training that enables me to provide the same high-quality service regardless of whether this is face-to-face, on Zoom or via phone call. This gives clients the choice to access therapy in whichever way feels right for them at the time.

Qualifications

  • ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Leeds City College

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology 2:1 – The University of Leeds

  • Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling - Association for Counselling & Therapy Online

  • Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy – City & Guilds

Various in-work training including: confidentiality & data protection, safeguarding adults, domestic abuse, mental health & creativity, equality & diversity, bereavement skills & many more.

 
Free initial telephone consultation

Free initial telephone consultation

Private & confidential service

Private & confidential service

Evening appointments available

Evening appointments available

Fully qualified & insured

Fully qualified

& insured

 

Areas of counselling I deal with


The nature of person-centred counselling means that my work focuses around the individual and their own experiences rather than any diagnoses they may have. As such, I ask clients to get in touch with me for a free initial consultation prior to booking an appointment to ensure my service would meet their needs. Some of the areas I have worked with in the past are listed below:

Anxiety

Depression

Panic attacks

Self-esteem

Family issues

Confidence

Stress

Bereavement

Affairs & betrayals

Separation & divorce

Trauma

LGBTQ+

Trans & non-binary

Abuse

Employment

Suicidal thoughts

Loneliness

Addiction

PTSD

Body image

Disability

Migrants & refugees

Polyamory

and others...

 

Fees


I charge the following fees for each 50 minute session:

£45

Daytime appointments

(weekly before 4:30pm)

£50

Fortnightly appointments

(daytime only)

£55

Evening appointments

(weekly from 4:30pm)

 

What happens next?

I understand how daunting it can feel accessing therapy (especially with somebody you haven’t met before) so I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to make the process as comfortable as possible. This is an informal chat for me to find out a bit more about what you are hoping to gain from counselling to ensure my skills and experience are aligned with this. It will also give you the opportunity to get a sense of how we might work together and ask any questions you may have to help you decide if you would like to proceed with an initial appointment. 


During our first session, we will go over the counselling agreement to ensure we both understand the arrangements moving forward. The rest of the time will be for us to start exploring whatever you choose to bring in order to gain a deeper understanding of how it is impacting you. 


We will regularly review how the therapy is going and when the time feels right we can work towards an ending. This means you have the choice to work with me for as long as you choose in line with your personal needs and preferences.


I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Get in touch

‭07864 005 008‬

Thanks for your message, I will be in touch soon.

 
 

Since starting counselling with Andy in January, I have definitely grown stronger. Andy is a great listener and helps me focus on certain issues. I thought at the start I wouldn't be able to open up but Andy made me feel comfortable to address lots of issues around my relationship that I have never spoken about. Each session has been really positive and the time just goes so quickly. 


Andy is really professional and always asks the right questions to enable me to come to my own conclusion. I have changed over the last seven months and feel that Andy has definitely helped me feel confident for the future. 


I would highly recommend him.