Andy Keefe is a Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist, Personal Trainer (PT) and Nutrition & Weight Management Adviser. Andy combines therapy with fitness to help people recover from abuse-related trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, disordered eating and body image issues. Andy has a special interest in helping people recover emotionally and physically, from birth trauma and chronic pain.
Andy is qualified in Exercise Referral for Health and Pre and Post Natal Fitness, therefore, he is able to work with people with a range of health conditions, including anxiety and depression, asthma, cardiovascular diseases and people recovering from knee/hip replacement operations.
Andy is also a Level Four Lower Back Pain Specialist PT and has recently completed additional training in Fitness for Covid Recovery. He combines these skills to help people process and recover from trauma and emotion held in the body.
Andy has been a therapist for over twenty years, working mainly with traumatised refugees and survivors of torture in London at both the British Refugee Council and Freedom from Torture. Andy is now in independent practice, with a consulting room next to Chancery Lane Station in London and also working online.
Trauma-related to early childhood sexual abuse and abusive relationships in adulthood.
Psychological & Physical aspects of Lower Back Pain.
Trauma-related disordered eating.
Chronic Lower Back Pain:
NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence), recommends exercise and psychotherapy to address chronic lower back pain and Andy is able to provide both services to clients so that mind and body can be thought-about together. Clients on his lower back pain programme access a psychotherapy session and a PT session each week.
Andy offers fitness sessions outdoors, in green spaces in East London and the City.
Teaching / Training:
Andy is a Seminar Leader at WPF Therapy, teaching “Advanced Clinical & Theoretical Concepts” on the WPF training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Andy also runs weekend workshops for WPF on Working with Trauma and Mental Health & Exercise.
Andy is an External Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic, teaching on the MA Therapeutic Care for Refugees.
2021 Personal Trainer Level 4 Lower Back Pain Specialist Qualification.
2020 Pre & Post Natal Exercise Trainer qualification (Future Fit)
2019 Personal Trainer Exercise Referral for Health Specialist Training (FutureFit)
2019 Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification (FutureFit)
2019 Nutrition & Weight Management Advisor Qualification.
2019 February: Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification (FutureFit)
2016 Training in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) (EMDR Academy).
2008 Training in Narrative Exposure Therapy: In-house Refugee Council Course. Two days.
2006 to 2008 MA Psychoanalytic Studies (Good Pass)
Westminster Pastoral Foundation / Roehampton University
2003-2006 Professional Training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,
Westminster Pastoral Foundation
2002 Training in Solution-Focused Therapy. Three days. In house Refugee Council course run by the University of East Anglia.
1998-2000 Diploma in Counselling,
Central School of Counselling Training
1997 Certificate in Counselling
Central School of Counselling & Therapy
Why Recovery Through Nature (RTN)?
Because I have learnt from personal and now professional experience that exercising outdoors, in green spaces can have an incredibly powerful positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing.