I am passionate about ensuring therapy is accessible, flexible and tailored to each persons individual needs. I have a love of culture and languages having been raised cross culturally in England and Portugal and my interest in psychology started when I was a translator for Street Projects based in Brazil. I completed my professional training in Integrative Psychotherapy in 2008 and chose this form of therapy as it adopts the view that as human beings we are naturally geared towards self-regulation (balance/wholeness) when the right conditions are in place. I have predominately worked in the NHS, Well-being services and higher education supporting people who have experienced low mood, depression, worry, anxiety, panic as well as supporting people through relationship challenges such as domestic violence, affairs or divorce. Similarly, I work with grief , work related difficulties and other life transitions such as pregnancy, childbirth or other life changing events. Prior clients tell me I am compassionate, honest, culturally sensitive and down-to-earth in my approach. In addition, I have managed therapeutic teams and services supporting trainee counsellors and therapists working towards accreditation. I am currently completing my training in Counselling for Depression which is an innovative development in counselling and psychotherapy and focuses on emotional issues underlying depression as well as internal processes such as low self esteem. Areas I have experience and interest in are: - emotional and psychological well-being - personal development - sadness, sense of feeling stuck, lack of motivation and drive to include clinical depression - physical health, isolation and anxiety Do feel free to message me to explore availability as I have flexibility for daytime, evening and weekend sessions (UK timezone).
Letter writing is a tried and tested form of communication. It can enable us to pause and reflect on what is important. Through my work, I continue to be amazed by the power of metaphor and text in the process of emotional and psychological change.
E-counselling is available through encrypted email or an online platform using instant message. Each offer a different experience with the written word as central to our therapeutic relationship.
Both telephone and webam sessions take place using Zoom or VSEE online platforms. Typically, sessions are weekly and on the same day for an agreed period of time.
I am not able to offer a crisis service and recommend that you contact the Samaritans T. 116123, your GP or 999 if you are in need of more immediate support.
If overseas, please contact Befrienders Worldwide https://www.befrienders.org/
I was raised and educated in England and Portugal and have a love of culture and languages. My passion for psychology was sparked during my translation work for Street Projects in Brazil. This led me to complete a B.Sc in Psychology and subsequently an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy.
I have been fortunate enough to work with a diverse range of people across a vast array of settings to include HMP Prisons, Homeless Charities, NHS Mental Health Services, Wellbeing Clinics and Higher Education.
I am passionate about accessibility of therapy. In 2016, I completed online therapy training and set up my online practice with a focus on emotional/psychological health and wellbieng. This has enabled me to expand my reach to support expats, international clients as well as working professional such as GP's and lawyers.
As an Integrative therapist, I draw on a range of approaches depending on what works best for you. This might include integrating strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy when working with anxiety or panic. The use of Gestalt to explore emotional wellbeing or attachment and psychodynamic approaches to understand how relationships/ patterns of the past impact on behaviour in the here-and-now. Sessions may involve looking back at your personal history to enable future choices; making sense of or processing deep rooted emotions; support to develop relationship/communication skills to improve connections in the here-and-now; or offer more goal orientated strategies such as anxiety management, working with panic to establish/restore a sense of calm/safety in your life.
I am accredited and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. I am fully insured and work to UK legislation.
Email, Instant Message, Telephone and Webcam
To identify if digital therapy is suitable for your needs, please contact me directly to complete a new client intake form.
Cancellation fees apply
Andrea Gavin, Psychotherapist - Online Counsellor - Wellbeing Facilitator
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