Andrew Martin Counselling in Muswell Hill and Crouch End, North London

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An Experienced, Accredited Counsellor with North London clinics in Crouch End & Muswell Hill


My Approach

Some people find that exploring and understanding the past is crucial, while others prefer a solution-focused approach that prioritises the present. I take an  integrative approach to therapy, allowing for flexible treatment tailored to your individual needs.

Since 2005, I've been counselling individuals, groups, and couples using a variety of approaches, helping them gain insight and work towards tangible change in their lives.

My work is heavily influenced by the person-centred school of therapy, which emphasises building a non-judgemental and supportive counselling relationship.

When clients seek practical change, such as overcoming crippling anxiety disorders, I employ a more directive approaches and techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), acceptance, and commitment therapy (ACT) and positive psychology. My primary aim is to cultivate a trusting and empathetic relationship with you and discover what works best for your specific needs.

Experience and Training

I have a proven track record of working with issues like anxiety and addiction, as well as low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, assertiveness, stress and life transitions. I have worked full-time as a therapist in both NHS-funded and private settings.

Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners

I'm a registered and accredited member of the BACP, which is the leading professional accrediting body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. I'm also a registered member of FDAP, which is the leading governing body for addiction professionals in the UK.

I hold an MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from London South Bank University and diplomas in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy. I did my counselling certificate training at the University of London (Goldsmiths College).

Each year I undertake continuous professional development to keep my practice up to date and to maintain my accreditation with the BACP.



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Person-Centred Therapy - The Basics!

What is it?
Person-centred therapy (PCT) is a school of counselling which started with the renowned American psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940’s.

It’s also sometimes called Rogerian Counselling, Client-Centred Counselling, or Humanistic Counselling. It is one of the three key schools or modalities of psychotherapy.

Carl Rogers believed that people have the resources within themselves to drive personal progress and development. He called this idea ‘self-actualising’. He was also convinced that individuals, not therapists, are best placed to know and heal themselves. He rejected the idea that therapists were the all-knowing experts. Instead, he focused on a relationship of equals, which was built on trust, honesty, and congruence.

The client and the therapist work together to build a warm, trusting therapeutic relationship where the client remains responsible for the progress, instead of handing over power to the therapist.

Rogers thought that his client's concept of self was tremendously important,

In a similar way to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Rogers felt that, although the past may have useful information and help clients to understand where difficulties may come from, it was more important to focus on the present and the future.

The Relationship:
What is most important in the Rogerian approach is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client. It needs to be non-judgemental, warm, and trusting. The core concept in this kind of counselling is that the therapist takes a perspective of unconditional positive regard towards the client.

To the extent that there are techniques in Rogerian counselling, they are based around ways of building a strong therapeutic relationship, often called a therapeutic alliance. Counselling in this approach means active listening, non-judgemental acceptance of the client, and reflecting back and summarising what the therapist has heard in order to clarify and allow the client to hear what was previously a disconnected set of thoughts.

On a personal note, I am often astonished at the power of hearing your own words spoken back to you. This can lead either to the client rejecting what they have just heard back, or to a feeling of real validation and a clarification of what they think.

This process can be a really powerful force for change. I tend to use PCT in the early part of my work with clients, as it is so good for building trust and helping to develop a good working relationship.


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