Andy MeadsCounselling in Corsham, Wiltshire & Online

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Counselling in Wiltshire

Offering Face to Face Appointments in Corsham.
And Offering Online Appointments via Zoom and Telephone Sessions.
Fees from £20 to £45 per session.

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"May the golden thread of humanity connect all so that love and healing can be"

Hello, my name is Andy and thank you for taking time to look at my website.

The image above of many people walking in a crowded street holds many different stories of humanity. It could be Bath, Chippenham, Corsham, Melksham or Trowbridge. It could be anywhere. It may be that some people feel part of a community with a sense of belonging. Yet some people may feel alone or even lost when surrounded by others.

For some people, therapy can offer a space, some time and a place away from the crowd to talk through any worries or fears or explore what they may need. Counselling can offer an opportunity to be heard and listened to without judgement.

Reaching out and seeking support can feel daunting particularly if you don't know what to expect. Taking the first step in finding some help may be the beginning of a new and healing journey. It may also help you find a different way to relate to yourself and others, and to find a different way of being in this world.

As part of my training to become a counsellor, I recall my own journey when initially seeking personal therapy and how hard it was to trust someone and tell them my story. From exploring some of my conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings, I was able to integrate my sense of self and experienced personal growth.

People tend to seek counselling when something about their life needs to be more understood. This could be intrusive or repetitive negative thoughts about self and other. Reasons for seeking counselling might be about certain behaviours and beliefs that seem to be getting in the way of how someone wants to live their life. Some people may feel confused about traumatic events in their life or confused about certain challenges. It may be that such feelings as anger, fear, anxiety, guilt, hate or sadness are present, and the reasons may not be fully known or understood. Sometimes, people may have lived for years, even decades grappling with, coping, surviving and getting-on with life whilst such negative thoughts, behaviours, beliefs and feelings impact on the meaning and quality of daily life.

Attending and being-in counselling can be hard. It can take time and energy to understand what has happened and find self-awareness. Counselling will not take away or change what has happened. Counselling can be about taking time for yourself, perhaps for the first time in a long time or even the first time ever to find some new perspectives on your life.

Counselling is about reaching out and perhaps grappling with some unknown, something unconsciously held within, a new discovery about yourself and perhaps finding a new curiosity about your life.

As a qualified Humanistic and Integrative counsellor, if you choose to work with me I will value your uniqueness, listen to you and witness your story. Through counselling, you can find the way through the challenges you are currently facing by talking openly within a safe and confidential space.

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Face to Face Counselling:

My face to face sessions currently take place in a wonderful practice room in Corsham, which is within easy reach of surrounding areas including Bath, Melksham, Chippenham, Trowbridge.

Zoom and Telephone Counselling

I also offer online counselling via Zoom and telephone, which does mean I can offer therapy to anyone anywhere in the UK.

Although some people prefer Face to Face sessions, others prefer to choose to work via Zoom and/or telephone.

During the pandemic, I learnt that people found counselling via Zoom and telephone helpful in this time of isolation. I continue to offer some counselling sessions via Zoom and telephone. This enables people from outside the Chippenham, Trowbridge, Corsham, Melksham and Bath areas to be able to access counselling with me without needing to travel long distances.

Scale of charges for Counselling Sessions:

People are currently facing lots of financial pressure due to several issues, for example, the rising cost of household bills, cuts to universal credit, furlough ending amongst other uncertainties.

It is for this reason that I have decided to change my general charge of £40 per counselling session and introduce a scale of charges instead. My hope is that this will enable people to continue to access support during these difficult times.

Therefore, the scale of charges will range from £20 to £45 per session depending on individual financial circumstances.

In addition to introducing a scale of charges, I have also decided at the end of the financial year, to donate, from my counselling income, to Refuge UK and the Samaritans.

Next Steps

If you are interested in seeking counselling with me, whether that is face-to-face, via Zoom or telephone, do contact me via phone or email (email is best), using the links on this website. I usually respond within 48 hours to any enquiry. We can then arrange an informal phone call (free of charge and usually 20 minutes) to discuss what you are looking to get out of counselling. Please see below the different counselling options currently available.

Counselling Options:

Single Session Therapy – up to 50 minutes:
The idea behind this option is to provide help in one session and that therapeutic support can take place when two people have a brief meeting. Rather than unpicking lots from the past or reflecting on several life challenges, with this option, it can be more useful to focus on a specific issue and arrive at some goals or steps forward by the end of the session.

Although this option is one session, it may be that people decide to seek further counselling afterwards or they may find that one session was all they needed.

This option can also be helpful for people who have not had counselling before and want to experience it for themselves without committing to one of the other options listed below.

Time Limited – up to 6 sessions (50 minutes per session):
This option is for people who may not have had counselling before and feel the boundary and safety of time (up to 6 sessions) is helpful to provide some containment.

With this option, exploring personal goals or steps forward will be discussed in the initial session, if this is something people want.

This option may be useful for people who have attended ‘Single Session Therapy’ and want to seek further support.

Time Limited – up to 25 sessions (50 minutes per session) :
People who choose this are likely to want more time explore the issues they are facing or challenges that are impacting on them but also want the security of working within a Time Limited way.

Personal goals or steps forward are explored initially if this is something people want.

When people choose longer-term counselling, it can provide greater space and time to explore personal meaning and understanding.

Some people may want time to look at their childhood and/or adult trauma.

Others may want to talk through feelings such as sadness, frustration, anger, or suicidal thoughts.

Some people may want to seek understanding about why they feel the way they do or to reflect on personal meanings or sense of self. People may be asking, ‘Who am I’ or ‘Who do I want to be’ and need some time and space for reflection.

Other people may want to ‘let out’ or externalise their internally held sense of pain, shame or other emotions.

Some people may want to reflect on past or current family relationships and seek some personal meaning, resolve or healing.

With longer-term work, in the initial session/s, time is spent on establishing an’ internal safe place’ before time is spent on exploring traumatic memories or painful emotions.

For this work, weekly sessions are needed and at times twice a week might be helpful.

Fortnightly – up to 50 minutes:
I generally offer weekly sessions, but some people have found that after several weekly sessions, changing to fortnightly has provided more space for personal reflection and/or integration of personal goals or steps forward.

Monthly Check-in – up to 50 minutes:
This option can be of benefit to people who have previously attended counselling or those who have never attended before. People who opt for a Monthly Check-in may want some time to explore ‘what’s on their mind’ and to affirm and re-affirm personal goals or steps forward.

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What some clients have said about me as their counsellor:

"A huge thank you for your help these last couple of months. My first experience of counselling has been hugely positive".

"Talking to Andy has really helped me to work through some personal difficulties, allowing me to reframe my life and improve my relationship with my family. It was my first experience of receiving counselling and it has been a hugely positive and fruitful one. I thank Andy from the bottom of my heart".

"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".

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