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Mr Andrew Macdonald

Mr Andrew Macdonald

Mobile 0477 136 209
Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Jefferson Place Counselling

Mobile 0477 136 209

Hi, I'm Andrew, I created Jefferson Place Counselling as a service where you can feel supported in exploring sexuality, gender, sex and relationship challenges. I also work with people who are unhappy with their relationships with alcohol and other drugs and are looking for an alternative to common abstinence approaches.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Online via Zoom, Melbourne, VIC 3000 0477 136 209 PHONE 0477 136 209
  • Online via Zoom, Sydney, NSW 2000 PHONE
  • Online via Zoom, Brisbane, QLD 4000 PHONE

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Working with both individuals and couples, I am available for Zoom based appointments across a range of days and times. Email andrew@jeffersonplace.com.au to arrange a free 15 minute consultation to discuss your questions, how Andrew works and to find out more or visit www.jeffersonplace.com.au

    The benefits of video-based counselling and its effectiveness have been well tested during COVID-19 lockdowns. This approach saves time on finding parking, rushing to appointments and allows you to decide where you want to be for the session. It is private, secure and effective.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Communication Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Dual diagnosis, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Guilt Feelings, Intimacy Issues, Men's Issues, Sex Related Issues, Social Skills, Stress Management  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Attachment Theory, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Integrative, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred

    I bring an integrative approach to our work that respects where you are currently at and explores the past, now and the future.

    My clients describe me as caring and open to any background, experience or situation.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Graduate Diploma of Organisational Psychodynamics - 2004 - RMIT
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling - 2020 - ACAP
    • Masters of Psychotherapy and Counselling - Current - ACAP

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    A registered member of both the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

    Background

    Over the past 15 years I have worked with people from all walks of life. A registered member of the Psychotherapy Association of Australia and the Australian Counselling Association.

    Combining a corporate career and further study has equipped me with a range of skills that provide clients with an integrated approach to counselling and psychotherapy.

    I bring an open mind to relationships and sexuality and operate an inclusive practice.

    The best way to to work out if I am the right therapist for you is to book an initial session or get in touch.

    Appointments

    Available across a range of days and times, including early morning and weekend.

    Transport and Parking

    No need to worry about finding a parking spot or rushing in traffic. Video-based appointments save time, enable you to find a safe private space and you can stay in your track pants.

    Fees

    Initial 15 min Consult: Free
    Individual 50 min video-based counselling session: $160
    Couples Counselling 75 min video-based session: $195

    Payment Options

    visa, mastercard, amex, paypal



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    10 Questions with Andrew Macdonald

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I have always been interested in human sciences and the connection between thoughts, feelings and emotions.

      I started out volunteering as a counsellor 15 years ago and found I learnt so much about individual stories people bring to the work.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I subscribe strongly to elements of a narrative approach. I believe the problem is the problem, rather than the person is the problem, For example, if someone is unhappy with their relationship with alcohol or methamphetamines, I don't see them as an addict, rather someone who has a relationship with something that is impacting them in ways they aren't happy with.

      I explore beyond the observable behaviour to help clients make sense of the connection to thoughts and feelings.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I provide an inclusive practice with particular focus on the LGBTIQA+ community.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I bring an integrative approach to my work that draws upon person-centred, gestalt, narrative and emotion focussed therapies.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • That really depends, sometimes after the first session clients can feel a sense of relief from having shared their stories in a trusting confidential environment. Sometimes it takes a little more time to explore deeper issues,.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • We are usually quick to seek help for our physical needs, be it a doctor, dentist or physiotherapist. Seeking support for our emotional and mental needs helps the "all of me" feel stronger and more equipped.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Meeting different folks and being privileged to hear their stories and support them in their therapy goals.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Sure, you should see my hair some days... Seriously though, nobody is immune to having a bad day. I work hard in my practice to be fully present for my clients and bring a "realness" to my approach.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Stigma and discrimination for the LGBTIQA+ community and other minority groups when seeking health supports.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I have random tastes, so here's a few movies or VOD's I enjoy: Pose and Special particularly inspire me because they challenge the usual stereotypes.
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    Mr Andrew Macdonald

    Andrew Macdonald

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    Working with clients who are questioning their sexuality, struggling with their identity or unhappy with their relationships. Andrew supports you with anxiety, self-esteem struggles and intimacy concerns. He also brings a contemporary approach to alcohol and drug use informed by harm minimisation....

    • Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane
    • Attachment Theory, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Integrative, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred