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Andrea Williams BSc, PGCE, MA, MBACP

Counselling Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0) 01792 482057

  • Module Leader
  • Personal Tutor
  • Independent Project Supervisor
  • Member of the Faculty Marketing Committee
  • Member of the Faculty Research and Ethics Committee

I joined the Counselling team within the School of Psychology and Counselling at University of Wales Trinity Saint David Swansea in March 2014. An Integrative Counselling Practitioner and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) I have many years’ experience supporting children and young people and working with voluntary agencies focused on supporting clients with mental health issues and referrals from GP and local mental health services.

I have extensive experience teaching Psychology, Health and Social Care and Personal Development in Secondary, Further and Higher Education.

Registered Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

My therapeutic orientation has its roots in a humanistic-existential tradition; I combine psychoanalytic knowledge with person-centred values; my practice is very much influenced by Buddhist philosophy and Mindfulness practice. My interests are in transpersonal psychology and esoteric philosophy, I adopt a holistic approach to practice and embrace the physical, psychological, spiritual and creative aspects of human nature in connecting to the inherent instinct each of us has to self-heal.

My teaching area mainly centres on humanistic counselling, mindfulness and applied ethics.

The modules I teach on the BA Counselling Studies and Psychology and BA Counselling Skill and Interdisciplinary Studies undergraduate programmes include:

  • Level 4: Contemporary Context of Counselling Skills; The Helping Frame (Skills)
  • Level 5: Applied Humanistic Counselling
  • Level 6: Independent Project

I have previously contributed to the development and facilitation of Peer Support intervention programmes in primary and secondary schools and my primary research interests examined perceptions and attitudes toward bullying behaviour in school children.

More recently, my research interests explore the concept of self-care and focus on the effects of stress; caregiver burnout, compassion fatigue, ethics of care and how individual and cultural beliefs are constructed and understood in relation to counselling practice and training. I practice Mindfulness and have a strong interest in Mindfulness as an approach to therapy, teaching and learning.

As an Integrative Counselling practitioner and Registered Member of the BACP; I hold a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Personal Development Certificates in Creative Mindfulness; Art therapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Transactional Analysis and Therapeutic Writing.

The Counselling team have a strong track record in training external agencies and working with partnership organisations. Through our Community Counselling Centre we offer free Counselling to the local community and work in partnership with referring agencies.