Andrew Harvey Counsellor

Andrew Harvey Counsellor

This post is about how Andrew Harvey Cousnellor works, and what types of therapy clients can expect, for more detailed explanations of the types of therapy see this information here. 

Andrew identifies as a Pluralistic Counsellor

“Pluralism is a way of thinking about therapy that has emerged in recent years. It is based on the assumption that no one therapeutic approach has the monopoly on understanding the causes of distress or on the most helpful therapeutic responses. Instead, it suggests that different clients are likely to want — and benefit from — different things in therapy. Hence, it suggests that therapists should be open to respecting understandings and practices from across the counselling and psychotherapy spectrum”  .

Andrew’s training has included a number of therapy methods and types of therapy, in collaboration with clients he finds the best way to respond to their needs.

Andrew Harvey Counsellor

Andrew’s training includes a number of different modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Third wave cognitive behavioural therapy, Acceptance and commitment therapy, Person centred therapy,  Counselling, interpersonal therapy, Behavioural therapy, Gestalt therapy, Solution-focused therapy and Psychodynamic therapy.

Pluralistic counselling can help clients with lots of different challenges and issues including anxiety, relationship issues, panic, depression, feeling sad, addiction, bereavement, mental health issues, sexual abuse, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, stress, anger, trauma, self-harm, attachment disorders, life challenges and emotional issues.

If you are interested in finding out more, please do make contact. 


Online Therapy 10 Tips. Getting the best from SKYPE counselling and Therapy.

Using SKYPE or other related online counselling platforms.

Ten Tips to get the best from online counselling.

  1. When having your online counselling session close other internet using programs, you may not be using them, but they will be using some of your available internet resources, this can cause the connection to be problematic. For example, browsers, other online communication tools and cloud backup can slow your system down. Other devices connected to your internet will also slow things down.
  2. Get the lighting right! You need to be seen and by having good lighting this can make all the difference.
  3. Interruptions … Put the do not disturb sign on the door, put your mobile out of reach and on silent, switch off anything that alerts you to messages on your screen… this is your time, you need to remove the possibility of distraction… including the cat!
  4. What’s the picture like, you should be at least head and shoulders in the picture, and siting comfortably, think passport photo.
  5. It’s often a good idea to wear headphones, it reduces echo and enables an extra level of confidentiality for you. Having the headphones on, I feel, can really bring you into the session.
  6. Can you be overheard, because if you can, or even wonder if you can be, that won’t work. you need to know that your session is confidential.
  7. Have a backup! If all else fails (technically) you and your therapist should have a plan. the one I have with clients is I will call them on their landline or mobile.
  8. Research and know the level of confidentiality offered by the technology you are using, and make sure you are happy with it. Google will help you find this information and the technology provider’s privacy statement.
  9. When people come to face 2 face therapy they often have a bit of time to process the session, this can be the journey home or to work, when they do their session online at home or work, they often go straight back into their day. Try and have a bit of a break between your session and being pulled back into your day.
  10. If you are concerned about any aspect of your online counselling, including the medium you are using, talk with your therapist, share your concerns.

For more information on SKYPE and Online Therapy click here.

Andrew Harvey offers online counselling and therapy worldwide.

online counselling therapist Andrew Harvey

Anxiety is top of the list for people seeking counselling and therapy

What are people bringing to counselling?

People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons, from help with a mental health issue to wanting time and space to explore life options. Below is a list of the most searched terms that people use when looking for counselling and therapy help, the ones I have included are all related to the work that I do. What is of note is the amount of diagnostic labels and terms that people use in their searches, this might reflect an increased awareness of metal health conditions or that more people are searching for help from the private sector for these challenges.  Anxiety consistently comes up in the therapy room and in list of what people search, addiction appears to be on the rise in searches as dose personality disorders.  Many people come to therapy without words or a label for what is wrong and that can be part of the therapy process, to help the person discover what is wrong and understand it, it is then that changes can happen.

Anxiety continues to be the most searched term on  Counselling Directories.

relationship issues

generalised anxiety disorder


bipolar disorder/manic depression

panic disorder

seasonal affective disorder (sad)


family issues

addiction(s) I have a website dedicated to this type of counselling and therapy here

affairs and betrayals

separation and divorce


anger management


low self-esteem

emotional abuse


sexual abuse

personality disorders

sex addiction


low self-confidence

drug abuse

internet addiction

borderline personality disorder


domestic violence



carer support

narcissistic personality disorder

post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

work related stress

suicidal thoughts

avoidant personality disorder



obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

paranoid personality disorder

dependent personality disorder

antisocial personality disorder

histrionic personality disorder

schizoid personality disorder

passive aggressive behavior


mental health

For help with any of these issues and other emotional difficulties please do make contact


News from Counselling Services Nottingham

Counselling Services Nottingham News …..quick news update

SKYPE Counselling, New Logo and I’m always learning! 

Skype Counselling and Therapy 

As a service I have always wanted to be as flexible and open to new ideas and ways of delivering services as possible. I embraced online therapy soon on in my counselling days and have been using SKYPE (and other similar services) for some time. I am now working with clients on SKYPE on a regular basis including international clients as far away as Bangladesh and online therapy sessions make up around 20% of my clinical hours.

New Logo

Counselling Services Nottingham are pleased and proud to publish our new logo, business card and art work designed and printed locally here in Nottingham.

………… Here it is !

Counselling Services Nottingham New Logo


and here is our business card (well the artwork for it)

Counselling services Nottingham new business card


I’m always learning

I made reference  to “i’m always learning” above. I am this month doing lots of learning, as we progress in our understanding of what can be helpful to people new training and research becomes available, I am extremely lucky that it’s a passion of mine, certainty not a chore. Yesterday I attended a day’s training with psychologists, therapists and doctors in London and next week I have a few days CBT training planned in Birmingham.  I did a quick count up and my “Continued Professional Development” hours this month currently stand at approximately 40 hours and will be in the region of 70 by the end of the month! … that’s formal training , reading or online study and doesn’t include the hours I spend learning from the best teachers of all… my clients.


A Book Recommendation

Can a book offer therapy for Anxiety ?

I recently had the opportunity to take a holiday, and took time to revisit a book that I really enjoyed “Mindfulness – Be Mindful…. Live in the moment” by Gill Hanson. The book itself, I feel, offers in itself some therapy for anxiety, offering suffers possibly a new and deeper  understanding of anxiety and worry, this deeper understanding can often help people become less anxious.


The book : “Mindfulness – Be Mindful.. Live in the moment” by Gill Hanson.

I experience  so often clients  feelings of depression  are in the past, and anxiety often has a future focus , the present, when approached mindfully, can  often offer a place of serenity and peace. The present moment actually becomes a present indeed.

Anyone whom takes a interest in counselling, psychology and therapy will be aware of the growing talk of Mindfulness, many therapies increasingly  engage with and incorporate concepts of mindfulness.  Clients report to me the benefits of mindfulness practice and I myself both formally and informally incorporate it both into my counselling practice and life. I often recommend mindfulness and discuss with clients how they might approach it, I often find clients whom are seeking help and therapy for anxiety benefit from it.

This book I feel is one of the best books I have read on the subject, offering both practical experiences and some theoretical depth. Interestingly its a fun read also !  I enjoyed it more this time around than the first time I read it , maybe I was more “present” this time !

If you find the book of interest, and want to learn more, a number of therapist offer mindfulness courses and I am happy to recommend one or two. I have also found some wonderful free podcasts and online courses.