Andrew Ayers Counselling and Mental Health Service Manager
Andrew is responsible for managing the Counselling and Mental Health team in Student Services. and for promoting wellbeing initiatives in the University.
Andrew joined the University in March 2016. He manages the strategical development and operational delivery of an integrated range of high quality counselling and mental health services at the university and provides wider consultation, training and advice to staff and departments supporting them in meeting students’ needs. This includes overseeing the Fitness to study process.
He coordinates support for students who are assessed as being of significant cause for concern and works closely with both internal and external service providers including the NHS.
After graduating from Cardiff University in 1996 with a degree in Psychology, Andrew’s clinical career started as an assistant psychologist working in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, before moving into statutory NHS services. Andrew went on to train as an addictions therapist and worked in the field of addiction treatment for four years in both community shared care settings and drug test treatment programmes. During this time Andrew trained as a cognitive therapist at Newcastle Cognitive Therapies Centre, and was awarded a PgDip in Cognitive Therapy from Durham University.
From there Andrew went on to work as a cognitive therapist within both primary and secondary care NHS services, including early intervention services for psychosis, eventually moving into management within a local South-West IAPT service where he stayed for six years. During this time Andrew was also seconded part-time for two years on to the Exeter High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PgDip programme, working as a clinical supervisor.