Dr Andrew Reeves has nearly 30 years’ experience, beginning as a Samaritans volunteer, and then as a social worker and counsellor across a full range of settings, including: health, social care, education and the third sector. His client work has included child protection, children and families, young adults, mental health (crisis work and statutory assessments) and people with learning and physical disabilities. He additionally supervises practitioners across a range of clients’ backgrounds, including counselling in schools.
As previous Editor-in-Chief of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal, he is committed to qualitative research methods in the field and his own research area is therapeutic interventions with people who are suicidal, around self-harm and self-injury, and therapy with male clients. He has written extensively in this area, including Counselling Suicidal Clients (Sage, 2010), Challenges in Counselling: Self-Harm (Hodder Education, 2013), and Working with Risk in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2015), in addition to other key textbooks and numerous articles and book chapters.
He is an experienced and highly-regarded trainer in the field, with particular expertise in helping professionals in their work around suicide and self-harm. He remains entirely committed to developing skills and competency in a relational approach to working with suicide risk. He is a Trustee of COMPASS Counselling in Liverpool, a third sector counselling provider, as well as his work with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.