Biography: Philip Andrews

Do you feel that you are always making the same mistakes or that you stuck and repeating the same patterns of behaviour? Do you feel that you negative emotions feel very familiar to you and that you feel unable to change the patterns in your life? This is because you have, because of your life experiences, become patterned into an unconscious think style that is working against you and not for you.

My name is Philip Andrews and I have helped thousands of people overcome the mental blocks that have prevented them from achieving their goals and being their best. I am a psychotherapist and I utilise cutting edge psychotherapy techniques that can really make a difference.

Professional Background

After completion of my Mental Health Nurse Training, I consolidated this by spending time in a variety of acute mental health settings. This gave me valuable experience in the application of various therapeutic approaches and interventions to help people who were in an acute state of distress. It was at this time that I became interested in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches with clients. Having trained as a mental health nurse I soon began to realise that the traditional methods of helping people was limited and was based upon the ‘medical model’ of trying to understand and treat emotional distress. I always wanted to do more to help. This motivated me to go on to undertake further training and development and to improve my range of skills and techniques.

As I progressed in my NHS clinical and then management career, I continued to use these approaches in a clinical setting, always carrying a caseload of clients. My last NHS post was clinical nurse specialist at Kings College Hospital in London. I then moved into private practice in Kent and in London.

During my time in private practice, I have provided Therapy, EMDR and Counselling Services to hundreds of people suffering from a whole range of mental health difficulties, and I have a particular interest in helping people who are suffering from Depression, Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I regularly undertake assessments and treatment on behalf of the Courts, Solicitors, various Social Service Departments and Medical Insurance Companies. I receive referrals from General Practitioners, Psychiatrists and Psychologists and from Instructing Solicitors. I have cared for officers of HM Prison Service and Kent Fire and Rescue Service. I am an approved psychotherapist for many of the major medical insurers, including BUPA, Standard Life and PPP. I have a contract to provide therapy and counselling services for Kent Youth Offending Team. I am performance coach to a number of professional sports men and women. I provide specialist training to organisations such as Independent Fostering Agencies and Special Schools in such areas as anger and stress management, performance enhancement and functional behavioural analysis. I am a Associate Consultant for the Psychology Service Ltd and Care First Ltd, companies that provide specialist trauma treatment services.

I receive regular twice case monthly supervision from two independent and highly qualified Chartered Clinical Psychologists. This allows me to take advice on any problem areas with clients that I may be having or just to check out that my treatment protocols are on target.

I work with you at both a conscious level, to enable you to understand your issues and bring about change, but also at a deeper level to help you collapse the core beliefs that you hold that perpetuate your emotional distress.

An example that I can think of is a lady who suffers with depression and low self esteem. She will hold negative unconscious beliefs about herself. These beliefs may be things like I am worthless, I am unattractive or I am a failure. As these beliefs have been around a long time, she will tend to listen to the self talk that they generate and to act on these thoughts as they cause her distress. I can help her collapse these beliefs during the course of therapy and help her have a more adaptive way of thinking that will work for her and not against her.

I have a private psychotherapy and coaching practice in Canterbury in Kent. But, through the power of the internet and new technologies, I am not just limited to face to face contact in my office. I have helped people from all over the world using technologies such as skype or web cam via the internet to deliver the therapy.

I am an EMDR Europe Approved Consultant and a member of the EMDR Association of UK and Ireland. This is a professional Association which seeks to promote the highest standards for the clinical practice of EMDR. I subscribe to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of practice and ethics and I am bound by these and, therefore, professionally accountable for my practice.

I am currently co-authoring a book with one of my ex-clients who came to me suffering from extreme panic attacks that had crippled her for all her late teenage and adult life. This lady was in her late forties when she came to see me to seek help for her problems. I have used EMDR extensively with her to help heal the wounds of her deeply traumatic past. During some EMDR sessions she experienced no insights into her problems and noticed that previously blocked out memories came back to her but, as they did so, she also noticed that her physical symptoms began to subside. Eventually, she made a full recovery and is now a champion of EMDR. As she writes in the foreword of the book, “The future, however for me– is bright. Thanks to EMDR, to Phillip, to my husband and family, and to God. I pray that your future too, can be that little bit brighter after reading my story”.

My Mission

My mission is to simply help others recover from mental distress and to enable them to grow and have the life that they wish, free from the dysfunctional ties from the past.

I look forward to working with you.