Andy West Counselling in Totnes & Newton Abbot

What is Counselling and how can it benefit me?

When anyone asks me "What is counselling about and how can it help me?". I always start by saying i believe it is about the human condition. It really is an open ended inquiry into what it means to be a human being. As human beings we all go through an amazing journey within our lifespan, from the miricle of birth to the mystery of death. On this journey many of us experience challenging, painful and confusing periods in our lives , when we may experience alot of struggle and suffering.

"There is a Crack in everything, thats how the light gets in" Leonard Cohen

Counselling can help us to make sense of all this, and to see that all these difficultys can actually become doorways which we can move through, and set us on a road to change and growth. As a result of this many people find working with a counsellor to be a rich and and life changing experience. In a way the counselling experience could seen as a inner journey that we go on, which at times can be painful and challenging, but often rewarding and sometimes even wondrous.

We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known ...
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path. Joseph Campell

My Grounded Theraputic Approach

  • Cultivates an attitude of curiosity towards your thoughts and feelings
  • Encourages self compassion and self acceptance
  • Can help you to live more fully in the present moment
  • Invites you to listen deeply to your body and the 'still quiet voice within'
  • Provides solid support when the going gets tough
  • Kindly challenges you in the face of self destructive behaviours and limiting beliefs
  • Helps you find creative solutions to the challenges you are facing
  • Welcomes and honours your vulnerabilties
  • Affirms your strengths and cultivates a growing confidence in your own capacitys
  • Offers psychological tools and helps to develop greater psychological understanding

    Areas that i am experienced in helping people with:

  • Stress
  • Relationship difficutlies
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Anger and anger managenment
  • Abandonment
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Depression
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Addiction, compulsions, drugs, alcohol, food, sexual acting out / porn, love, gambling
  • Adoption
  • Low self esteem and feeling a lack of confidence
  • Harsh self criticsim
  • Feeling a loss of meaning and purpose in your life
  • Mindfullness practice
  • Spiritual bypassing
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Abusive relationships and bullying
  • Unresloved childhood issues

  • My practice is within easy reach of Totnes and the South Hams, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Paignton, Plymouth, and Exeter, South Devon.

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