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Welcome, and thank you for visiting Wellbeing with Therapy. My name is Andy Smith and I am a Counsellor and Therapist providing both short- and long-term therapy to adult individuals in Eccles, Salford and Manchester areas
Life brings many challenges, and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a counsellor my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self-discovery; to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.
Also to shine a light perhaps on those dark areas which we can resolved together,
I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives - and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.
I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of problems. As a fully-qualified counsellor I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and abide by their code of ethics.
I have come to becoming a therapist later in life, after having a successful career in IT. After life changing experiences in my life journey and receiving therapy to help me process what was happening, I realised this is where I have most to offer. So I understand how scary it may feel to take that first step in reaching out for support. I am here to work with you on your journey, shine a light for you in the dark areas until you feel ready to talk and make the changes, if, you need to.
There may be times when you look at your life, and you may wonder, why you do not feel happy, there may be times that no matter what you say, think, feel or try, never seen enough to change that feeling or may even leave you feeling helpless, then I am here for you, to work with you in a compassionate and non-judgemental way, supporting you, be there with you as we explore what is going on for you.
Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.
This is your safe haven, we all need one, to know what you say is heard, respected and not judged, its about validating what you feel and need to say.
Trouble with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression, sexual confusion
- many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, hopeless or even helpless. Counselling gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.
Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, feeling empowered to make heathier choices moving forward on our life journey.
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
Problems with confidence, self-esteem or/and self-worth
Fear, Shame, Guilt or Anger
Problems with addiction
Grief, loss or bereavement
Work or retirement
Family or school life
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“Andy is amazing at what he does, always listening and engages better than anyone I’ve spoken with before.
Andy is calm, collective and very informative. Tackling those inner demons is a tough journey, but Andy makes it easier through his provision of a safe and comfortable environment with his friendly and open approach.
If you feel like counselling has never worked. Try Andy, it will change your mind for the better. "
“I looked into therapy last year after going through a difficult time in my
personal life. When I initially started the counselling, I wasn’t entirely sure
what it was I wanted to gain from it I just knew I wasn’t feeling myself and
wanted to figure out why.
During my sessions, Andy listened and gave me a safe place to discuss what was going on for me and about my past. I felt comfortable opening up to him and together over the weeks we started to figure out what was bothering me. I think having that person to talk to each week and help me delve into things going on in my life was a real eye opener and without that support I wouldn’t have been able to get through it alone.
The sessions definitely helped me work through my issues 100% and one year on I feel the happiest, most confident and content I have ever felt in my life!
I cannot thank Andy enough for the support he gave me through a very difficult time in my life and would
definitely recommend him to my friends and family.
I would highly recommend therapy to anyone struggling or going through anything difficult in their life.
I have come through it a much stronger person"
"I had counselling with Andy for about 9 months. To start with I wasn't sure what I wanted to talk about, just that I felt terrible. Working with Andy, week by week, peeled back the layers and identified some issues that I didn't realise were there.
I really liked working with Andy whose style is to work with me, to teach me why what is happening is happening rather than just talk about the problem.
In the past I've felt that talking about it has made things worse as it was just a reminder of what I find difficult to deal with and difficult to manage.
I felt safe exploring this with Andy and felt like I had been "let in on" a secret. That my problems weren't a big scary thing that I try to hide from, they were just normal reactions that anyone would have in those circumstances which really made me view myself through a kinder lens.
It really challenged the shame I feel which is a barrier to me getting better. I would recommend anyone to work with Andy if there is something they've been putting off or trying to hide from.
Andy is a good listener and teacher and he really knows his stuff. "
I'd never tried therapy before. Last year was really tough for various reasons and so I made the referral.
I didn't know what to expect and to be completely honest, was quite sceptical about the whole thing. It was held online and from the initial assessment, Andy made me feel at ease, I was able to speak with him without fear of judgement. Every session moving forward became gradually easier, I felt lighter.
He was calm, patient and consistent. He was able to give me insight into my thought processes and in turn this developed my self-belief and confidence...something that I'd misplaced and hidden from for a while. It's quite difficult to explain the positive impact Andy had on my life; my thought processes have evolved, my anxieties eased and I've made some really big positive life changes.
Before therapy, I didn’t really think much of the idea. I was trying just about everything other than therapy to deal with my issues for a long time.
Now that I have worked with Andy for a few months I can say that I highly value the idea of therapy.
It has helped me to learn about myself. Now that I have a better understanding of myself, I am able to live my life in the way I have always wanted to. I feel happy in my own skin. I feel good about the future. Most importantly, I am proud of who I am.
It became clear very early on that Andy could help me. In a short amount of time. I could tell that he knows what he is doing. He is obviously well educated in the field and shows passion and pride. He has a calming presence which makes it easy to
I would recommend therapy to anyone who thinks they need it. It isn’t easy. But, if you believe in yourself, and really work on yourself, you will be better off.
I don’t see myself needing therapy again any time soon. However, if I do, I will be speaking to Andy.
I work from office space in Salford as well as working from home in Eccles. In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer telephone counselling and online sessions for clients in the Greater Manchester area and beyond via Zoom. Contact me to find out more about how online therapy works.
Counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £50 per session. I also provide a limited number of spaces for those on low-income or for students; contact me to enquire about availability. Initial assessment appointments last around 20 minutes and I do these free of charge. If you would like a full session then this is at the Rate of £60 and can take up to 75 minutes.
Couple counselling is £75 per session and I follow the EFT model. I see both of you for 2 sessions then separately for one session each then back together to understand the way forward.
Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment in cash, by cheque or by bank transfer including PayPal.