Andrea Gavin

Specialist in WORKPLACE STRESS • ANXIETY • PANIC ATTACKS • DEPRESSION • SELF ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE ISSUES • BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS • FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP ISSUES • ABUSE • ANGER MANAGEMENT • WORK/LIFE BALANCE

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Biography


Welcome to my profile,

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, Wellbeing 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.

Some of the settings I have worked in include:
- Prison services
- In-patient/outpatient Mental Health
- Wellbeing Clinics
- Colleges
- Employment Services
- Minority Community Groups
- GP/NHS Clinics

Areas I have experience and interest in are:

- emotional and psychological wellbeing
- personal development
- sadness, sense of feeling stuck, lack of motivation and drive to include clinical depression
- stress, anxiety, worry and panic to include physiological symptoms (irritability, panic attacks)
- grief, loss and adjustment: bereavement, major life transition i.e. loss of job; child; parent
- self identity: family role/status, cultural identity; self-esteem and self worth
- self-regulation: difficulties in managing/experiencing emotions as well as self-harm
- change or conflict in relationships: divorce, domestic violence, childbirth
- Uncertainty/loss of direction
- Expatriate experiences

Member of

Member (Registered), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, United Kingdom

Approach to treatment

- Brief Therapy and long-term therapy
- Eclectic
- Integrative
- Person Centred
- Therapy including arts (writing, image making, metaphor)
- Psychodynamic and body focused therapy

Languages spoken

English
Portuguese

Currently Practice

BN10, Sussex

Therapy Types

Online Counselling, Psychotherapy, Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Counselling For Depression

Qualifications

• Master degree in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metropolitan University London, graduated with Merit
• Diploma in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education;
• Certificate in the Therapeutic Application of Arts in Therapy an Education;
• Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Birkbeck College

Current professional training:
Counselling for Depression, Metanoia Institute - working towards professional licence.

Demographics of Focus

Adults age 18 and over
Trainee counsellors or students (18 and over)
Professionals
Expatriates