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Therapists and Counsellors Network

Andrea Summers

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  • Location: Portsmouth, UK
  • Gender: Non-binary
  • Ethnicity: White British
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Practice description

I have been practising therapy for 13 years and offer private counselling for individuals and clinical supervision sessions for individuals and groups alongside my work for a charity and in the public sector.

My core training in counselling and psychotherapy is Humanistic, informed by Existentialist theory and philosophy. For me this means that we can explore and understand ourselves through relationships, with each other and the world. The therapeutic relationship itself is fundamental to this and can offer a space where awareness and potential for change can emerge.

You might come to therapy with a specific issue or feeling you want to focus on or you might value support to be curious about the meaning your life holds and in this space explore anxieties, uncertainties and possibilities.

I offer a professional space and hope to support clients to experience a feeling of safety in the therapeutic relationship. I do think though that what helps us to feel ‘safe’ and what this means is a feeling unique to each of us and feelings may be unexpected or change with time. We can explore this in the initial contact and ongoing sessions and any questions you might have about being in therapy itself, particularly if you haven’t had an experience of it before.

I am non-binary and I use she and they pronouns. I provide LGBT+ affirming therapy and I am committed to developing anti oppressive practice through self -education, working individually and organisationally in consciousness raising and activism. My practice is trauma informed and I have significant experience of working with adult survivors of sexual violence.

I access regular clinical supervision to support my practice, a combination of individual, specialist group and peer spaces.

Therapy qualifications

Diploma in Counselling BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Supervision Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

General skills

Extensive experience of working long term with complex trauma and survivors of childhood sexual abuse , domestic abuse and adult sexual violationg long