I'm Andy Bird, and I'm an accredited psychotherapist based in central London.
I believe myself to be really fortunate. Having worked as a therapist for over 25 years I've had the privilege of witnessing the incredible transformation of hundreds of my clients - some from a moment of stasis, but many others from a place of deep pain, shame, addiction and self-loathing.
That transformation is the journey of self-discovery that therapy can offer, bringing clients to a better understanding of who they are, their wants and needs, freedom from their compulsions and how to live well and love themselves and others. It is a journey that we make together, with curiosity, debate, information-sharing and humour, and one that changes us both.
I tailor the therapy to the needs of each client. For some that may be focused on insight, for others on behavioural change, and often a combination of the two. I work with a range of different issues that include;
I currently offer sessions via video, phone, or in person from my consulting room in Marble Arch.
Alcohol / Addiction / Recovery : Eating Disorders : Shame : Co-dependence : Depression : Anxiety : Relationships : Personal Development.
THE WAY I WORK AND MY PROFESSONAL EXPERIENCE
I tailor therapy to the needs of each client, and typically will use the first few sessions to build up a picture of what it is that has brought you to therapy, what you might need and how to get there.
My core model is a humanistic one, but I also draw on CBT, psychodynamic and 12-step interventions if felt helpful.
I place value on the importance of making sense of our emotions and the way these shape our thoughts and behaviours. I use a wide range of interventions, some of which include;
Identifying thoughts, feelings and meanings
Exploring how past experiences impact on the present
Identifying choices and the consequences of these
Seeking practical solutions for change
Offering up information
Reflecting on the relationship between us
I am knowable, happy to offer up my thoughts and observations, and work collaboratively so that both of us have a role in making sense of your situation and exploring solutions for change.
I have been working as a therapist since 1996 offering one to one, couples and group therapy in a range of different treatment settings.
As well my private practice I have worked on general psychiatry wards, addiction treatment programmes and eating disorder units. I currently also work at the Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone.
I have also previously worked as a counsellor-trainer.
I completed a four-year training at City University in person-centred and existential
counselling and group work, and an MSc in Addiction and Mental Health studies with the department of Academic Psychiatry at Kings College London.
I am accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.