Andrea Barratt Counselling
You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending. - C.S. Lewis
We all encounter difficulties in life at times, talking to friends and family isn't always useful or an option. That's where counselling maybe more effective.
I use methods from the psychodynamic and IFS approaches which are well-established theories. This helps me to understand you as an individual looking at both the inner and outer you. With empathy, understanding and compassion, we can explore your issues together.
I have helped people with a variety of issues and since training, I have done extra courses in trauma and in anxiety regulation.
If you choose to work with me I will endeavour to proceed at your pace, looking at issues when you feel ready. Counselling can be either short or long term depending on the outcomes you would like to achieve. We will review the effectiveness of the counselling regularly to ensure I am meeting your needs.
Making contact with a counsellor can be a daunting task. I will do my best to put you at ease and answer any questions you may have.
IFS (Internal Family Systems)
IFS considers that we are all multiple parts with a central SELF. You maybe aware of the angry part or the critical part. Or you might of noticed that "a part of me wants to do this while another wants to do that". In IFS we get to know these parts and the reasons they act that way. With compassion and understanding it is possible to heal these parts which allows more SELF energy to be present and internal harmony to be experienced.
I am currently seeing clients either face to face or online using the "whereby" platform. This is a secure platform which doesn't require a download unless you are using Apple products.
For in person appointments I work from the Woodlands Natural Health Centre which is based on the outskirts of Derby town centre. I work among a variety of natural health professionals. This creates a relaxing atmosphere and a client-centred environment.
If you do decide to come to me for counselling, I offer a free, no obligation, 30 minute telephone consultation so we can both decide whether we are a good match to work together.
There is parking outside and a waiting room, where I will meet you. From there we can go to the counselling room, which provides a safe space for us to work through your issues.
Sessions cost £45 per hour.
I work with adults from 18 years of age upwards.
My Counselling Journey
My journey into counselling began in Cambridge when I was at a junction in life and decided to take evening classes to gain clarity. After taking pottery, counselling, garden design and writing for children, I discovered that I had a passion for counselling. Life took over and I found myself back in Derby desiring more counselling knowledge. I completed my Diploma in Counselling with the University of Derby in 2015. Since my graduation I have gained experience with Age UK, counselling NHS staff and with The Elm Foundation (formerly Women’s Aid). I have also achieved accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I continue to attend courses to ensure my knowledge and practice are current and up to date, including, most recently the IFS Level 1.
It's never too late to be what you might have been.