Andy Hibberd

Counselling and Psychotherapy for Teenagers and Adults in Chesterfield and Online

The Therapy I Offer

My approach is Person Centred Therapy and can be defined by the following features -

  1. Empathy for your whole experience.

  2. Genuine and open communication with you.

  3. Accepting, trusting, and believing in you.

In this kind of relationship you are able to make the changes you want, in the way you want to. People that work with me change in very different and often unpredictable ways so it's hard to say what will happen in therapy or how long it will take; it evolves through the sessions and is as unique as each person attending.

What we talk about in the sessions is led by you, you're in charge. That doesn't mean you need to know what to say, many people start sessions not knowing, yet something usually comes up and is more relevant than anything I could have prompted. I really trust that you know better than me when it comes to what's inside you, the parts that hurt, and what wants to be shared.

I don't specialise in one particular issue because I believe the Person Centred approach can be helpful with all issues. That's because it's about connecting with you and your individual experience of what it's like to have those difficulties rather than just treating the problem in a prescriptive, impersonal way. This quality of connection helps me work with all ages from young teenagers to older adults, providing therapy to anyone who needs it.

If you want to know more about the philosophy behind my work you can read My Thoughts on Therapy.

How I work with teenagers is explained here.

My qualifications and professional experience can be found here.

Hopefully this has helped you decide whether you'd like to start therapy with me. You can contact me to arrange a first session together, I'd be happy to hear from you.

“When a person realises they have been deeply heard, their eyes moisten. I think in some real sense they are weeping for joy.

It is as though they were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me”

Carl Rogers, founder of Person Centred Therapy