Andy Milner - BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy. MBACP (Reg)
Person Centred, DBT, CBT, TA, SFBT
Individual & Couples Therapist
Hi, thank you for visiting my page. First of all, I want to recognise that you've taken a huge and brave first step by reaching out for help. My role as a counsellor is to listen to your story, then work with you in a supportive and containing way to make sense of what is going on for you.
I provide an empathic, non-judgemental safe space where you will be respected, supported, truly heard and encouraged to talk openly about your feelings and emotions. My patient, nurturing and supportive approach will allow you to explore whatever is troubling or concerning you, at your own pace.
I collaborate with my clients in formulating the best therapeutic action plan for themselves. Together we’ll discuss goals and objectives. I may ask some questions to understand your situation better, reflect back my understanding and provide feedback for you.
My mantra is to empower you become the best version of yourself. And, to that end, I usually won’t offer advice or tell you what to do, as I believe the expert in our relationship is you!
I mainly work in a Person-Centred way and the counselling I provide reflects this.
I can also offer Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) when appropriate.
Some of the issues I help clients with include:
Anxiety * Depression * Relationships * Guilt * Shame * Addiction * Self- Confidence * Male issues * Stress * BPD/EUPD * Anger * Loneliness * Bullying * Workplace Problems * Bereavement * Grief * Trauma & PTSD * Low Self-Esteem
Prior to retraining as a therapist, I was a professional footballer for 10 years. After being forced to retire through injury at the age of 31, I went through some difficult and challenging times experiencing anger, depression, anxiety, loss of identity and low self-esteem related to the premature ending of my career.
With the help of skilled therapists and counsellors, I was eventually able to see a way out of my own personal darkness and recover my equilibrium. After attending night school classes at my local college and volunteering on the telephone lines with the Samaritans, I decided to commit full-time to following my dream to become a mental health professional. After a lot of hard work, I was proud to gain a First-Class honours degree from the University of Salford. Those negative experiences I went through helped shape the person and counsellor I have become, and today my passion is to offer help and guidance to others.
I also run the Liverpool branch of AndysManClub - a men's mental health support & suicide prevention group. (www.andysmanclub.co.uk)
Qualifications & Experience
1st Class BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy from the University of Salford.
I am currently employed as a full time Counsellor at YPAS, Liverpool and previously I have volunteered my services at Yewdale Counselling (Skelmersdale), Macmillan Cancer Support (Southport), Infinity Initiatives CIC (Manchester) and Samaritans (Cheshire)
Session Fees & Info
£50 (60 minute session) - payment at least 48 hours in advance, via bank transfer.
My practice days and times are:
Thursday:4.30 - 8pm
Fridays: 4.30 - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 12.30pm
I offer a free 15-minute consultation via Zoom, WhatsApp or Phone. Here you can tell me a little more about what has brought you to therapy; while I can introduce myself, tell you more about how I work and answer any questions you may have.
I see clients in-person (face to face) & therapy is offered to both Individuals and Couples.
I am committed to consistently improving my ability as a counsellor by attending continuous professional development, including the British Isles DBT training course & CRUSE's Bereavement training.
I am a registered member of the BACP - British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and attend regular supervision to assist my professional practice. I hold personal liability insurance.