About

Andrew McLellan MIACP

Andrew McLellan MIACP

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, First Class (Middlesex University)
  • Diploma in Relational Gestalt Therapy (Dublin Gestalt Centre)
  • MA in Music (University of Oxford)

Other training includes

  • Somatic Trauma Therapy (2 years)
  • Working with Gender Identity (Pink Therapy, London)
  • Gestalt couples therapy
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Professional Memberships

  • Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP)
  • European Association for Counselling (EAC)

Andrew has years of experience, working with adult clients experiencing a wide range of issues, life crises and challenges, including abuse, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, etc., [read more]

Andrew also has interest, experience and training in:

  • Gender identity or dysphoria (trained with Pink Therapy, London) - facilitating exploration; providing informed support through transition; working with issues around self-acceptance, bullying, internalised or external transphobia; [read more]
  • Sexual orientation – affirmative approach; facilitating exploration; working with issues around self-acceptance, bullying, internalised or external homophobia or biphobia; [read more]
  • PTSD and Trauma (including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or assault);
  • Contemporary, relational Gestalt approaches (trained with Dublin Gestalt Centre; GATLA).

What to expect

“As a humanistic therapist, I will work with you to create a therapeutic environment that facilitates growth towards your full life potential, through developing a professional relationship that is also genuinely human. We are social animals, and relationships (with family, friends, partners and with ourselves) shape our lives and impact our mental health. Through paying attention to, and sharing our experience of each other as client and therapist, clients may learn much about how they relate to others (and to themselves), and safely experiment with new ways of relating.

“Therapy involves much more than just talking and thinking. Thinking is just one aspect of our experience, and research reveals that emotions and feelings are also crucial to our life choices. Because emotions are valuable information about what is really going on in our lives, I seek to support clients safely to experience and manage their own emotions, rather than avoiding, repressing or being overwhelmed by them. This can lead to understanding, significant change, or acceptance”.

Background

Andrew’s first degree was in music and he worked as a producer in the performing arts sector for over a decade (theatre, classical music, opera, dance).