www.arduna.ie

Andrew McLellan

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Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)
  • Diploma in Relational Gestalt Therapy (Dublin Gestalt Centre)
  • Master of Arts in Music (University of Oxford)

Professional Memberships:

  • Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP)
  • European Association for Counselling (EAC)


Andrew’s first degree was in music and he worked as a producer in the performing arts sector for over a decade (theatre, classical music, opera, dance). 

Since gaining accreditation as a therapist, he has worked with many adult clients experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, struggles around identity, work-related stress, bullying, bereavement, loss, chronic and serious illness, fear of death, loneliness and isolation, relationship issues, childhood trauma, lack of meaning or direction, and many other life crises and challenges. 

Andrew also has experience and training in:

  • Gender identity / dysphoria (trained with Pink Therapy, London) and sexual orientation – affirmative approach; facilitating exploration; providing informed support through transition or coming out; working with issues around self-acceptance, bullying, internalised or external homophobia / transphobia / biphobia
  • PTSD and Trauma (including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or assault)
  • Contemporary, relational Gestalt approaches (trained with Dublin Gestalt Centre; GATLA)

“As a humanistic therapist, I offer clients a relationship of dialogue, reflection, exploration, respect, acceptance, understanding and honesty. I will work with you to create a therapeutic environment that facilitates growth towards your full life potential, through developing a professional relationship that is also genuinely human. We are social animals, and relationships (with family, friends, partners and with ourselves) shape our lives and impact our mental health. Through paying attention to, and sharing our experience of each other as client and therapist, clients may learn much about how they relate to others (and to themselves), and safely experiment with new ways of relating.

“Therapy involves much more than just talking and thinking. Thinking is just one aspect of our experience, and research reveals that emotions and ‘gut instincts’ (bodily sensations) are crucial to our life choices. If we rely too much on logic, we risk overlooking these other important resources. I don’t label some feelings as ‘negative’ or a ‘problem’. Rather, I see all emotions as valuable information about what is really going on in our lives. I seek to support clients safely to experience and manage their own emotions, rather than avoiding, repressing or being overwhelmed by them. This can lead to understanding, significant change, or acceptance”.