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Andrew Shaw
Nurse Therapist

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw initially joined Priory Group in 2012 as a Mental Health Nurse working with adult patients in acute psychiatric services, before leaving to study for a post-graduate diploma in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. 

Since 2014 Andrew has worked as a Nurse/Therapist on the Addiction Treatment Programme, delivering group therapy and one-to-one therapy for clients as part of a highly skilled team of dedicated individuals who provide evidence-based treatment programmes concordant with NICE guidelines. 

Andrew frequently works with clients who have a dual diagnosis, helping them to address their issues and build their resilience to sustain their recovery and achieve their stated goals.  Andrew has also delivered a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based eight-week depression treatment programme and has co-facilitated an eight week mindfulness-based stress reduction programme.

Training

Andrew gained a BSc in Mental Health from Salford University in 2013 and is a Registered Mental Nurse having completed his three year training in a variety of settings including acute psychiatric hospitals, forensic institutions, and community mental health teams, where he worked with patients experiencing a variety of enduring mental health conditions with often complex needs. 

Following working as a nurse, Andrew studied for a post-graduate diploma in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at Salford University which incorporated modules on addiction and anxiety, complex cases and third wave interventions such as mindfulness, compassion focused therapy (CFT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). 

Following his post-graduate diploma Andrew has completed mindfulness resilience enhancement (MRE) training, MBSR teacher training from Bangor University and attends an annual mindfulness retreat in Snowdonia.  Andrew also continues to practice and develop his compassion focused therapy skills for which he receives regular supervision. He has completed various training courses related to this including an advanced clinical skills course and a trauma therapy course. Andrew has also completed an acceptance and commitment training course at Birmingham University.

I am internationally renowned in the field of substance dependence states and it is my professional experience that without a compassionate approach to addiction, we are in danger of compounding the stigma and shame associated with this illness. 

“It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the person finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour.” 

As someone who has been in recovery for many years, I believe passionately in a person-centred approach to helping those suffering from an addiction, where their individual needs are recognised in the context of a persuasive and supportive relationship. 

A key challenge in working with clients in this field is helping them to resolve their ambivalence and fears around change and to promote hope and belief in their ability to achieve their treatment goals. Essential in achieving this is developing a trusting therapeutic alliance through working in a supportive, empathic, and non‑judgmental manner that takes into account the discrimination, too often associated with substance misuse.

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