Hello, my name is Andy Meads and thank you for taking time to look at my website. I am a qualified Humanistic and Integrative counsellor. I have built up a wealth of experience over more than 25 years of working with different people in a wide range of both voluntary and statutory health and social care settings.
Whatever people have brought to their sessions with me as their counsellor; they have found that being listened to, having a safe and confidential space and gaining self-awareness has been a helpful experience for them.
As your counsellor, I will not tell you what to do or give you the answers but rather I will 'walk alongside you' without judgement.
My practice is within easy reach of Corsham, Bath, Melksham, Chippenham, Trowbridge.
At the current time, I offer online counselling via Zoom and telephone counselling.
If you are interested in seeking counselling with me, do contact me via phone or email, using the links on this website. I usually respond within 24 hours to any enquiry about counselling.
We can arrange an Initial Meeting and during the meeting we can discuss what you are looking to get out of counselling and explore whether we can work together. I may suggest other agencies that can help you.
There is a charge of £40 for the Initial Meeting.
If we both feel we can work together then we will agree a number of sessions, which can be reviewed. Each session will last 50 minutes and will be at the same time and day each week. I am able to offer morning, afternoon or some evening appointments.
Times can feel hard at the moment, and as a response to the pandemic I am offering some sessions at a concessionary rate. If you feel this something you need, we can discuss this.
Counselling provides different things to different people
Perhaps you want to discuss a certain problem with someone who is not connected to you.
Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties in relation to work, relationships, illness or other personal problems that you find difficult to talk about to someone you know.
Perhaps you need an opportunity to take time and space to consider your own priorities and needs.
Perhaps at this current time, you may be feeling anxious or daunted about Coronavirus restrictions and would like to explore how this pandemic has impacted on you.
Perhaps you have been impacted by bereavement or other loss during the Coronavirus pandemic and wish to talk to someone about this.
If you choose to work with me as your counsellor, I will value your uniqueness, listen to you and witness your story.
We can work together so you can find the way through the challenges you are currently facing in a safe and confidential space with me as your counsellor. I can work with you short term or long term.
As part of my Continuing Professional Development, because I value empowerment I continue to explore my own identity within my conscious and unconscious attitudes. I practise as an ethically and culturally responsible counsellor with Anti-Discriminatory and Anti-Oppressive values.
During the coronavirus pandemic
Usually I am within easy reach of Chippenham, Trowbridge, Corsham, Melksham and Bath but currently I am working via Zoom and telephone.
What I have learnt from offering counselling via Zoom and telephone during the pandemic is that clients have found this helpful in this time of isolation. Therefore, I intend to continue to offer counselling via Zoom and telephone, when the restrictions are lifted. This will enable clients from outside the Chippenham, Trowbridge, Corsham, Melksham and Bath areas to be able to access counselling with me without needing to travel long distances.
What some clients have said about me as their counsellor:
"I felt very comfortable with Andy during the first session and throughout".
"During counselling with Andy, I really felt that my thoughts and feelings mattered".
"Counselling with Andy helped me make connections I was not aware of".
"Counselling with Andy has enabled me to grow and find solutions".
"Counselling with Andy has been brilliant and I have got so much from it".
"I was really nervous about starting counselling as I’ve never done it before and as a man I found it quite hard to reach out for help, however, Andy made me feel at ease straight away. I felt like I could talk to him about anything that was worrying me and there was no judgement from him. During lockdown I felt like my anxiety was never going to go away but with the help of Andy I am now on my way to becoming myself again! I would highly recommend Andy to anyone considering doing counselling as he’s been great for me".
"Thank you so much once again for everything and if I’m ever struggling again I won’t hesitate to get back in touch".