Since Andy’s arrival in Finland he has worked in various healthcare design and delivery programmes with organizations and schools including Rinnekoti Säätiö, Family Counselling Centre Leppavaara, Informed Sources and Kirkkojärven primary school in addition to a one to one counselling practice.
His qualifications and background in psychotherapy and clinical case supervision have proved a successful fit with persons seeking clearer understandings and insight re personal recurring life challenges. Negative thoughts, feelings and emotions such as fear, anxiety, stress, compulsions, relationship concerns, work, study etc often prevent one from making healthy life choices resulting in poorer quality life functioning.
Such challenges prevent one from being at peace with oneself while impacting negatively on immediate family members and in social situations particularly in the work place.
A common misconception for many is that persons must have serious mental health issues to avail of psychological counselling. This is not true. Phase of life issues, acculturation issues, grief and loss, depression, recurring relationship issues, social anxieties among many other daily life challenges are fertile ground for psychological counselling.
Pastoral counselling or psychological therapy is a distinctive form of talk therapy whereby the full resources, theoretical knowledge and clinical methods of psychology and psychotherapy are brought together with pastoral theological method and practice.
Therefore a holistic approach to therapeutic counselling which honors and integrates one’s spirituality or value system will inform the therapeutic relationship while shedding light, fresh understanding and insight on behaviors, feeling states and cognitive processes.