about andy

about andy

Andy is the clinical director with over 2 decades of experience in psychological study.

our therapies

our therapies

Evidence based & chosen for their effectiveness in treating your mental health.

what can be treated?

what can be treated?

Psychological therapies can treat a wide range of issues. There's always help.

appointments

appointments

All of our appointments are held at Andy's private clinic based on Cathedral Road in Cardiff or online.

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experience

With more than 2 decades in psychological study.

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committed

Focused on your mental and emotional health.

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knowledge

Making things jargon free and direct.

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human

Connection through understanding you.

what our patients say...

I've been in and out of therapy thoughout my adult life, and until meeting you Andy, I haven't found someone who took the time to understand me, and I guess just listen. Therapy has never been about stopping my behaviour, it's more on how I can manage the times…

To say I was embarrassed making that first call to you doesn't go anywhere near how I felt! By the time I put the phone down I was already feeling relieved to have made the call. My doctor said that you were easy to talk too and would…

I met Andy nearly 12 months ago and he has totally tranformed my life, making me a very confident person and able to deal with any situation that my arise within my personal and work life. Andy is a very professional and sincere person and helps you to look at…

I went to Andy for three years while undertaking my own psychotherapy studies. His sessions were invaluable. He very skillfully wove my own personal growth with aspects of academia. Many occasions since my sessions I find myself talking through situations in my head the way we did together…

I've heard other people say that they've felt their depression lift from them, and I could only hope that I would get to this place. I've tried therapy several times over my adult life, and really made no progress, or at least, very little. After the third session…

I remember our first telephone conversation and how anxious/embarrassed I was, though I needn't have been. Even just speaking with you on the phone I could tell that nothing was phasing you. My G.P had made the referral as you know, and after trying the usual medications I…

My life was actually pretty damn awful for going on 4 years, and trying to get help had been a complete nightmare! When I eventually got a referral to you, I thought that it was all too late, and I would forever be governed by these panic attacks. …

It's been almost 5 years since my stomach pain first reared its ugly head, and it's been a constant in my life daily ever since. You really were my last hope after being referred to you by my consultant at St. Woolos, so I had all my eggs in…

Your commitment to my recovery has been more than I could have ever expected. I'm well on the road to handling my demons, and I know this will probably be a life-time of focus and attention to ensure it doesn't take over me again. I've come across many…

I've known Andy for over ten years. His mix of professionalism and caring support creates an excellent environment for self-reflection and development. He's a thoroughly decent chap, dedicated to helping people.

I took quite a bit of nerve to make the appointment with you; after that telephone chat we had on the phone I felt so much better. We were both so anxious coming into the first session, though quickly you helped us settle in. I have to say…

Andy Garland is the ultimate caring professional. I never felt intimidated going into his sessions and felt comfortable and safe talking to him. A therapist who genuinely cares about you and how you’re doing and recommends treatments accordingly whilst still giving you the choice of what you want each session…

As you know it was a real struggle for me to even make a booking, and then a few attempts at putting it off. In truth, it was pretty difficult at times and there was more than one occasion that I felt it wasn't worth the pain and tears.…

I've been reading a few of your testimonials, and am not sure what else I can add to the wonderful comments. I would like to say how grateful I am that you took the time to fully understand my story, and more importantly, not let me get-away with excuses…

I'm just about to celebrate my 3rd anniversary of being sober...big up me! Before I got to see you Andy I really was spinning out of control, of course I wasn't so aware of it, though my wife and family were so concerned. I did need to take…

Having been with Andy for two and a half years he's become a staple in my wellbeing both on a personal and professional level. With reflection the progress in decision making and other focused areas has been astounding.

I never realised how much I was keeping to myself until I started talking to you Andy. My partner has always said that I keep everything in, and I guess she's right! I'm feeling oddly much lighter, and that chatter in my head that I talked about is…

Ever since a child I remember being the kid who would prefer to watch TV and read books, rather than go out and play with friends. And, as an adult I've preferred my own company over socialising, which has removed me from the small group of friends that I…

Thank you for everything Andy. I'm actually feeling tearful writing this to you - I'm feeling in control of my own body, the first time in three years. I'm noticeably more confident and feel full of life. Thank you doesn't seem like enough, so I've sent you…

I sat down to write this to you, and realised how much I've changed in these past 8 months. Not getting out of bed; taking time off work; not seeing family and friends...basically living life solo. My energy has increased to the point that I've started exercising again,…

Life has been a real struggle since the car accident, and trying to put it out of mind was almost impossible. Almost evey area of my life was affected, sleep, my marriage, work, the list goes on. Getting to therapy was such an important step, and I haven't…

Andy Garland is the ultimate caring professional. I never felt intimidated going into his sessions and felt comfortable and safe talking to him. A therapist who genuinely cares about you and how you’re doing and recommends treatments accordingly whilst still giving you the choice of what you want each session…

Professional and friendly service that has really helped me out when I needed it. I was comfortable almost immediately and therefore able to talk about the issues troubling me.

I'm the happiest I have ever been, and I know only too well that there's a challenging road ahead, though I'm set-up for it and ready to take it on! You told me right from the start that unless I accepted myself, no-one else was going to. I'm…

Having been a client of Andy's for 3.5 years now, I can safely say we have developed a trustworthy and reliable relationship. Andy is wonderfully professional and warm and really has enabled me to change my behaviours and lifestyle. I have recommended him to many friends and will continue to…

Thank you for making me feel at ease Andy, and helping to minimise my embarassment. In fact, that's what held me back from seeking help earlier - worried about what someone may think of me. After the first few sessions my sexual anxiety was in far more control,…

Andy, I trust this finds you well. Please accept my greatest thanks for helping me come to terms with the death of my partner. I know life will be different, but you have taught me that I do still have a life to live. Your understanding and patience has been…

I was thinking about our last session, and you said that I'm seeking other peoples' acceptance, though had still to accept myself. Your words really did stay with me, and you're quite right - how can I expect people to accept me if I'm not willing to do the…

It's quite difficult to put into words how much of difference my sessions with you have made to me, and of course my family. I'm participating in their lives for the first time in several years - my wife said it's like getting her husband back! I have…

Andy is an exceptional professional. I don’t recommend lightly and I have recommended him to over 50 people. I will continue to do so. It’s no wonder he is always busy as he is a master at what he does and his level of care and clinical professionalism is second…

Your support has been second to none. I was just a little unsure on how you'd be able to help me, though I'm feeling much more controlled with my emotions. Of course, I still have moments when my mum's passing hits me, and I'm sure that will be…

Thank you for my one year sober card Andy, I was surprised that you would remember! Life has been so different since making the decision to live without alcohol. It's a cliche, but I'm still getting through each day, a day at a time. I use the strategies you taught…

This all seems to early to thank you, but I feel a mention is needed around how appreciative I am for being there for me - small steps. Since making my decision there have been few people who have truly accepted me, and you are clearly one of them.…

It's been a tough experience for me, and there were times that I thought I would be better off not dealing with the pain and hurt. I'm so glad that I found the courage to continue, and you helped me so much with that Andy - such kindness and…

By the time I had come to see you, so many horrible things had already happened, and I kept finding myself repeating the same routine - forgiving and going back. Your support helped me to make a decision that I've been frightened of for over 10 years. I…

I met Andy several years ago, he was referred to us via our consultant. He is an immensely likeable person, thoroughly professional and extremely considerate. He has helped us at various times immeasurably and continues to do so. I have recommended him to other members of my family…

My biggest test has been passed with flying colours! The nurse couldn't quite believe how calm I was, and actually asked me if the Doctor had prescribed a valium for me! I have to say that there was still a shade of nervousness, though nothing that would have…

With many years of not really understanding why I felt so nervous, and choosing to avoid being around people instead of enjoying socialising, I'm now at a point where I feel in control. I think after such a long a time I let it become 'normal' for me, and…

I have seen a lot of therapists over the years and I have never managed to find one that I can feel comfortable opening up to until Andy. He is professional, understanding and considerate. Definitely recommend.

I was surprised at how difficult it has been to find a therapist that fully understood my Bipolar disorder, so when my Doctor referred me to you, I was doubtful that you'd be able to help. From the first chat we had on the telephone, I could tell that…

I remember not that long ago waking up in the morning, and almost wondering when I would feel the anxiety of my next panic attack - not a pleasant way to start each day. I'm just past 12 months out of therapy with you, and feel so much more…

I referred a friend to Andy for psychotherapy. I met Andy at a continuing professional development course and was very impressed with his abilities and his welcoming, non- judgemental way with people. The transformation in my friend since working with Andy has been amazing to see. She’s now happy and…

I'm sure you get to hear it often Andy, though I'm so incredibly grateful for your help, and getting me to a point where I can look forward and see a life ahead of me. I've made connections and friendships with many women and men over the years who…

Your honesty and compassion over the last few months have lifted me out of that dark hole I was sitting in. It has been nice to be able to laugh, and not feel guilty. Of course, I still miss her terribly, and I know I always will, though…

My referral to you from Dr Llewellyn felt like my absolute last hope. Since being diagnosed with CFS and understanding what I've been living with for the past 5 years helped somewhat, though it didn't change how I was feeling. With your help Andy I have grasped hold…

I was truly at my last hope when I contacted you, and probably put way too much emphasis on you being able to 'fix' me. I had used drugs for almost 8 years, and didn't really see it as a problem, though it was was. Working with you…

Being able to recognise that my behaviour wasn't normal has been such a learning curve for me. Of course I understood that I wasn't feel well, though I don't think I would have taken responsibility for changing it - I wanted it to happen to me, rather than me…

There are some people that fit into their careers almost like it was always meant to be that way, and thankfully Andy, you are one of them. I've gained so much from our sessions and have experienced such a sense of release over the past few months. It…

I started writing this to you, and felt a little bit sad over how long it took me to find the strength to move on. I'm overall happy though, and the most important thing is not to regret - live life for the now, Andy! My sessions with…

I met Andy towards the back end of last year when I was going through an extremely difficult period in my life. As someone who had never previously contemplated referring themselves to a therapist, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but Andy’s level of care and professionalism left me…

You may remember me telling you about the series 'Dexter', and how he refers to his manic side of his personality as a 'Dark Passenger'. I felt like that for so many years, I knew there could be times when everything would be okay, though I always held onto…

After the first session I came away feeling more at ease. It was the first time someone was able to describe how I was feeling, and the impact anxiety was having on my life - I felt immediately lighter. My life looks so different right now, I'm doing…

I accepted a long time ago that my family set-up is unconventional, though hadn't realised that I (in your words Andy) 'normalised' their and my behaviour. My sessions with you, gave me more than insight into why I act the way I do - I now understand that I…

Didn't ever think that I'd get back to feeling this way, expecially after spending years in limbo, and not knowing where to find help. Dr. Peters said you'd be able to help, and that you did! I know I've already said it Andy, though just wanted to send…

I lived with anxiety for most of my adult life, and until a year ago when I met you Andy, I thought that's how everyone was dealing with stress and life upsets. My life looks the same now, though I feel so different. I'm more relaxed and I…

From all of us Andy, we want to thank you for being our 'guiding light', and finding that common ground that I talked about on the phone. My daughter seems to have gotten herself a new lease of life, which is good for us all! We're still working…

I recall watching a series called 'Dexter', and he referred to his obsession as his 'dark passenger', this has been such a clear description to how I felt about my anxiety and depression. I must say, it was an unwanted passenger! Over the last few weeks I have…

My experience with seeing you has been completely different to previous Therapists I have been with. It was so easy to share my inner-most feelings with you, and I thank you for the patience you afforded me.

It's been a real tough few years, and looking back I wonder how I managed to hold down my job. I felt an almost immediate confidence in you Andy, right from the first time we chatted on the phone. I did find those first couple of sessions particularly…

I met Andy towards the back end of last year when I was going through an extremely difficult period in my life. As someone who had never previously contemplated referring themselves to a therapist, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but Andy’s level of care and professionalism left me…

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