Andrew McLellan Psychotherapist

Andrew McLellan

Location Dublin 2

Contact Number 087 139 4070

About Me

Andrew works full-time as therapist and supervisor, based at Mind and Body Works. He was born and grew up near Belfast, and his first degree was in Music, a lifelong passion. As a young adult, he then gained significant life experience providing pastoral and emotional support for the seriously ill, the dying and bereaved families, in two Dublin hospitals. He later studied arts management and worked as a producer in theatre, music, opera and dance for more than a decade before qualifying as a therapist in 2012. Having trained and performed as a classical musician to a high level as a young person, he recently returned to playing the cello after a gap of some 20 years.

Andrew’s other interests include horticulture, literature, film, history, science, astronomy, and current affairs. He enjoys escaping from the city to Ireland’s natural wild places in his spare time and he is an enthusiastic hillwalker, cyclist and swimmer.

My Supervision Model

Andrew views supervision as a collaborative process and a formal working relationship within which a supervisee reflects on and discusses their client work, on a regular basis. It is a dynamic learning and development environment, in which both parties learn and grow together.

Andrew’s approach to supervision is humanistic and integrative – an integration of the Relational Gestalt and Cyclical Models (Page & Wosket). He seeks to co-create supervisory relationships of genuine transparency, trust, dialogue and mutuality, in which practitioners may find space for embodied reflection, exploration and challenge, to support their work, development – including the business aspects of a private practice – and fulfilment of the many other ethical and legal requirements of our profession.

A former lecturer in counselling ethics, Andrew places high importance on our responsibility as practitioners to approach ethical dilemmas with seriousness and courage, guided by the professional bodies as we monitor our work through supervision to ensure competence, effectiveness, ethical and professional standards and our lifelong development.

My Experience as A Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor

As a supervisor, Andrew has been qualified and accredited since November 2020, and supervises pre-accredited and recently accredited, as well as very experienced therapists and supervisors.

Andrew has a wide range of counselling/psychotherapy experience gained in private practice, having worked alongside a team of GPs at a busy Dublin medical centre from 2011 to 2018, before establishing his practice at Mind and Body Works. His therapeutic work with adults aged 18 to 70+ includes clients experiencing a wide range of issues (see his therapist profile for details).

Andrew works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients (18+) and supervisees within an affirmative framework. This means that he seeks to co-create a safe space, in which LGBTQ+ people may gain greater understanding and acceptance of their own unique identity.

In recent years, Andrew has developed a strong professional interest in the neurodiversity perspective and neurodiversity movement in psychology and sociology. This involves a shift away from regarding naturally occurring neuro-developmental variations in humans (what we know as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.) as medical disorders (a model which focuses on diagnosing perceived deficits and ‘disabilities’) and towards an approach which encourages those who differ from a supposed ‘normal’ to develop their strengths (in some cases, giftedness), and to find ways to support themselves around their diverse internal and interpersonal / relational challenges (strengths-based model).

In addition to his private practice, Andrew was involved in the training of therapists for a number of years, as a lecturer and group therapist.

My Training and Qualifications

Andrew holds a Diploma and BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (first class) from PCI College & Middlesex University.  His training since qualifying includes a Diploma in Relational Gestalt Supervision (2 years) and Diploma in Relational Gestalt Therapy (2 years) from Dublin Gestalt Centre, and two years’ training in Somatic Trauma Therapy with US practitioner and author Babette Rothschild.

His practice is also informed by the more humanistic among the psychodynamic theorists (including Bowlby, Winnicott) and by a keen interest in how therapists and their clients can benefit from scientific advances in understanding the brain and nervous system (Somatic Trauma Therapy, insights from the Sensorimotor approach). His continuing professional development has focused on informing himself and renewing skills around many aspects of human diversity: Autism Informed Therapy (Eoin Stephens); many webinars and conferences on Neurodiversity, especially modern understandings of autism and ADHD; Individual Gestalt Therapy and Gestalt Couples Therapy (GATLA); Working with Gender Identity and Working with Parents of Gender Dysphoric Children & Adolescents (Pink Therapy, London).

Andrew is currently (2022) part of the first cohort of trainees on the IACP accredited Practitioner Certificate in Working with Autistic Adults (Ausome Training, Eoin Stephens, Evaleen Whelton).

My Membership of Professional Associations

Andrew is accredited as a therapist and supervisor by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). In line with the ethical codes of his professional body, he completes further training each year, and attends weekly clinical supervision as well as regular group peer supervision and his own personal therapy.

My Areas of Interest in Supervision

The foundation of Andrew’s supervision work is the Relational Gestalt approach which has three main elements: field theory (with an emphasis on awareness of the relational fields of client, supervisee and supervisor); embodied phenomenological exploration (moment to moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, in the supervision session); and the co-creation of a transparent and congruent dialogical relationship between supervisor and supervisee (modelling and supporting the supervisee in the co-creation of healthy, authentic working relationships with their clients).

He finds that the Cyclical Model (Page & Wosket) integrates well with this approach, and supports working with supervisees to: structure and focus each supervision session, ‘sharpen the figure’ (selecting one theme, therapeutic, professional or ethical, or an individual client issue); and to integrate new awareness which they can bring back into their work, supporting their ongoing development as practitioners. Part of congruence and transparency, for him, is to risk bringing into the supervisory space, at times, not only his immediate experience of the supervisee, but also relevant aspects of his professional experience or knowledge, if these come into awareness during a session.

In addition to previous training on gender and sexual diversity, he has gained knowledge about the neurodiversity perspective, particularly in relation to the mental health difficulties which often arise for autistic adults (whether diagnosed, self-identified, or neither), and for those who experience traits of what is described in the medical model as ADHD. As an enthusiastic advocate for equality, diversity, self-awareness and lifelong learning, Andrew is always happy to share his insights into this widely misunderstood area of our field with interested supervisees, and to learn from them.

Andrew’s fee for supervision is €80

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