Andrew Hapeshi aims at providing his clients with an empathetic, non-judgemental setting, where clients are free to be as they are in the present moment. He views people holistically, placing equal emphasis on thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. This, he maintains, helps highlight aspects of a client’s being they may not be aware of. He understands that therapy can sometime become an uncomfortable process. For this reason, he prefers to go at the client’s pace whilst supporting them through difficult moments. Andrew adopts an integrative approach, meaning he is guided by multiple therapeutic modalities. These range from psycho-dynamic to humanistic and existential approaches. He values this way of working for its diversity, allowing him to cater to the needs of each client. Although Andrew can draw on a range of approaches, he believes people will not benefit from the experience without a strong therapeutic relationship. It is therefore fundamental to his work that clients feel valued, understood and validated.
Andrew spent many years working on building sites, where he regularly mediated between co-workers and offered his support to them.What he found interesting about these encounters was that there were often external factors, such as financial difficulties, contributing to causing conflicts. Andrew has recognised that issues involving finance, violence and drug or alcohol abuse are common, and he has a strong interest in anger management. He has experience working with suicidal thoughts, depression, abuse and family issues.
Andrew is working towards a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and is a member of the BACP. He currently works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS Counselling Service in Lambeth.