Right now you may be seeking to address specific issues like Depression, Anxiety, or Addiction. Or, you may be going through a difficult life transition, such as a divorce, a new job, a move, or the loss of a loved one, and need support in coping with your feelings.

Some people desire to work on personal growth, such as improving communication skills, managing stress, or setting and achieving goals. Ultimately, the decision to seek help is a personal one and depends on your individual needs and circumstances.

I am able to offer a safe and confidential space for you to explore whatever difficulties you may be facing. I offer both short term therapy and longer open-ended work.

My name is Andy

Counsellor near me

How to start?

We usually start with an introductory chat where we can talk about what you would like to change and I can explain how we could best approach that.  There is no one size fits all.  I totally get how hard it is to reach out for the first time so please also feel free to email me. 

I am an established and unique therapist in as much as I offer both conventional Counselling as well as other trauma therapies.  Please browse around.  It is paramount that you wholeheartedly trust me to ensure you fully harness our time together.

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Is therapy easy?

Therapy can be a challenging but rewarding process. It involves discussing difficult emotions and experiences, which can sometimes be difficult to talk about.

However, therapy is also a safe, secure and supportive space where you can work through these challenges and learn new ways to cope with them.

It is important to keep in mind that therapy is a process, and it may take some time to see progress. It is also important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you, as this can make a big difference in your experience of therapy.

Ultimately, whether therapy is "easy" or not will depend on your individual circumstances and the work you are willing to put in to make progress

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What Therapy is Best?

This is a very important question, after all, you certainly "want the right man for the job".  This is so important for you so please do lots of background research on your therapist.  Unless you trust them, it simply will not work as well as it could.

My style of Counselling is principally known as 'Person Centred' psychotherapy. My skill is to be your 'wingman'...To help you to fathom and find the answers you need from deep inside you.  This unique counselling style never assumes the counsellor knows what is best for you unlike say CBT or psychodynamic counselling. Instead, I offer you a 'guide', an 'equal' for you to be who you truly are without judgement. I have very safe hands.

Please do your research.  And whoever you decide upon, please make sure they belong to a registered body as this gives you so much more personal protection and care.  If you are unsure about anything or need some personalised advice, then please give me a quick call or send me a message.  

Can you help me?

Yes, very probably.  There isn't anything much that we cannot talk about in the therapy room...from sexuality and trauma, to binge drinking, getting high, relationship foibles and doing daft things. Maybe you self harm or feel you cannot go on any longer with life!   

...I will be able to help you, even if I recommend you to another organisation or support service that is better placed to help your immediate need.  For example, phobias are not really my bag.  So, I would explain, for example, why hypnotherapy could be a better therapy option for you.

I specialise in offering counselling to those affected by suicide.  There is no tougher form of grief than this.  Check out my 'About me' section for further background to me.  Here I list some of the support groups I manage and organisations I work with on a regular basis.

It usually starts with a chat, so please call me now. 

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As a Therapist I will...

Remind you that you are not broken

Give you room to access your own wisdom

Support you in figuring out what to do

Recognise that you are the expert on your own life

Remember that only you know what is best for you

Honour that I do not know it all

Collaborate with you on how to make the hard stuff easier

As a Therapist I Will Not...

Try to fix you

Give you advice

Tell you what to do

Pretend I know more about you than you

Assume what is best for you

Have all the answers

Make the hard stuff go away

What Are Feelings?

Feelings are emotions or states of mind that arise in response to certain events or circumstances.

They are a natural part of being human and can range from positive emotions like happiness and love to negative emotions like anger and sadness.

Feelings are often accompanied by physiological changes in the body and can be influenced by a variety of factors including past experiences, cultural background, and individual personality. It is important to recognize and understand one's feelings in order to effectively manage and cope with them.

All humans are moved by the bodily activations known as emotions.  The bodily activation produces chemicals.  You may recognise the common types; adrenaline, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin etc.

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Where do you feel things?

Feelings are often associated with physical reactions. So, terror can send chills down your spine and love can leave you weak in the knees.

A recent study has linked specific emotions to physical sensations. Researchers tested emotional responses in hundreds of subjects and then created maps identifying locations in the body where emotions cause physical changes.

Numerous studies have established that our emotion systems prepare us to meet challenges encountered in our environment by adjusting the activation of our nervous systems (predominantly the cardiovascular, skeletomuscular, neuroendocrine, and autonomic nervous systems).

Thanks for this research by a) Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science and b) Brain Research Unit, O. V. Lounasmaa Laboratory, School of Science, Aalto University, FI-00076, Espoo, Finland; c) Turku PET Centre, University of Turku, FI-20521, Turku, Finland; and d) Human Information Processing Laboratory, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere, FI-33014, Tampere, Finland