Andrew KeefeEMDR psychotherapist
I work as a therapist because I think people who have been abused, (sexually, physically or emotionally) are entitled to be free of the on-going impact of trauma: as long as the trauma lasts, it can be as if you are still under the grip of the abuser. You are constantly reminded of what happened and can feel again the same emotions and physical sensations. Trauma can lie deep in the non-verbal areas of the brain and in the body, with long-term consequences for psychological and physical health. I work with EMDR to reach and relieve the trauma which can't be talked about but can still have a devastating impact.
I also believe that the nature of our early relationships and early childhood experiences have a massive impact on how we relate to other people as adults and on our general psychological health. Often we are not aware of the full influence of the past on our present health as its effects are unconscious and hidden from us. I use Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, a more traditional "Talking Therapy" to build a safe, trusting relationship with clients, within which we can explore the past and uncover its unconscious impact. This is a very effective therapy for depression and anxiety.
If you would prefer to think about solutions, rather than dwelling on the problems in your life, I offer Solution Focused Brief Therapy to help you imagine and work towards a way of living where your problems are resolved or they no longer have a hold on you.
Fitness and physical exercise has a massively beneficial impact on our psychological health: the Mind and the Body really are one and we need to work with both to achieve health. I am also a qualified Fitness Instructor and offer outdoor fitness sessions and Therapeutic Fitness (a combination of outdoor fitness and therapeutic interventions for Mind and Body, alongside my psychotherapeutic work.
I have been practicing as a therapist since 1998, first as a counsellor and as a psychotherapist since 2006. For sixteen years, I worked therapeutically with traumatised refugees and survivors of torture, learning about the devastating psychological and physical impact of trauma but also about people's incredible capacity for resilience, for surviving appalling experiences and for recovering and rebuilding their lives.
I work in independent practice now, working with survivors of abuse, sexual assault and rape, of terrorist attacks, abusive childhoods, traumatic births and many other forms of trauma, using what I have learnt to help a broader range of people to recover from trauma.
I have practised as a therapist at the British Refugee Council, Freedom from Torture, The Lorrimore Counselling Service, Southwark and WPF Therapy.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
Psychotherapy: Sliding scale, £70 to £90 per session, depending on income.
Fitness Sessions: £30 per hour.
Therapeutic Fitness Sessions: £70 per hour.
Training and qualifications
2016: Qualification in EMDR. The EMDR Academy.
2009. Foundation Level Qualification in Systemic Family Therapy (The Tavistock Clinic)
2008: MA Psychoanalytic Studies. WPF Therapy / Roehampton University.
2008: Qualification in Solution Focused Therapy; University of East Anglia
2006. Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. WPF Therapy / Roehampton University.
2000. Diploma in Counselling. Central School of Counselling & Therapy (CSCT).
1997. Certificate in Counselling. CSCT.
2019. Level Two Fitness Instructor Qualification. FUTUREFIT.