Michael Carter MSC MBACP Reg. FDAP
0207 384 1672 / 07979 263 978
All transactions in the therapy room are confidential, and the therapist hears his client with unconditional, positive regard.
Problems can be confusing, difficult to recognise and impossible to share. Therapy is simply the place where such problems can safely be detected, voiced, heard, acknowledged, and worked on.
My therapeutic approach is person centred, but combined with a range of other therapeutic approaches to match your particular needs. I can work in short term goal methods for solving specific problems, or longer term deeper change models. These combined therapies can be drawn from..
CBT, Transactional Analysis, Attachment and developmental models, existential and Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and 12 Step facilitation for addictive problems.
We live in anxious, stressful times. Relationships, separation and loneliness, work issues, addiction or increasing dependencies on substances or obsessive behaviours, anxiety, isolation, poor self image, and a sense of meaninglessness and unpredictability are all features of modern life. In therapy skills can be developed to enable you to recognise and deal with your problems yourself, and to cope in what is sometimes a difficult world, a world that often strips away the individual's sense of significance and value.
Sometimes our problems are external; sometimes there seem blocks within us that throw up the same old difficulties again and again and we seem to be locked in the same problems. Sometimes we cannot see our difficulties. Life throws things at us that overwhelm us. Professional help can find fresh perspectives, identify belief systems that are unhelpful, and develop strategies for coping and for change.
Therapy is a process of discovery and a process of liberation. Things don't necessarily have to be the way they are.
I work from a small quiet consulting room that looks out onto a wisteria clad staircase leading down to a garden. Very calm.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters Degree in Addiction Psychology and am a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and a full member of FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) and work within their codes of practice and ethics.
I am also certificated in CBT approaches and certificated in Mindfulness approach.
I consistently attend CPD (Continued Professional Development) courses and workshops in approaches I believe are useful to addressing the needs of my clients.
I have worked with individuals and groups on a range of problems: social and general anxiety disorder, sexual identity, relationship problems and break-up, work stress, shame based self imaging, low self worth, lack of confidence, reactive depression, existential sense of meaninglessness, isolation and general relational difficulties. Sometimes life becomes a little overwhelming and therapy offers a confidential, safe place to be heard and develop new approaches to old problems.
I also have extensive experience working with various addiction problems and have been a staff member at Promis Residential Counselling Centre in Kent, and in both their Halfway House and Day Care centres in London. I also spent four years as a staff counsellor at SHARP London, a therapeutic centre for those attempting to overcome substance dependency. I have also worked at the Roehampton Priory and currently work as a sessional counsellor at the Capio Nightingale Psychiatric Hospital in central London, and at the Recovery Centre, a therapeutic centre in London.
I have facilitated private group therapy and also worked privately with individuals struggling with drugs, alcohol, gambling, eating and other addictive or compulsive disorders, and with compulsive sexual and relationship problems, as well as a range of non-addictive disorders and difficulties.
Alcohol, sex and to a degree moderate use of some drugs can relax us in a stressful world. However sometimes these habits begin to exercise a morbid grip on the individual and reach the tipping point of addiction. Intervention can challenge this progression, or therapy can help recover from these sometimes life wrecking difficulties.
Also many who overcome their addictions have difficulties experiencing life without the anaesthetic of their habit. Recovering from an addiction or a compulsive behaviour causes a huge change in a person's life and in the lives of those close to them, and therapy can be of great benefit in helping the recovering person to recognise and complete the necessary adjustments and changes.
However, familes and friends are also deeply affected by the impact of addiction in the family. I've worked with families, friends and partners of addicts to aid them both through the difficulties of living with an addict, and also to respond to the huge and sometimes bewildering new experiences if the addict goes into recovery, and the old points of reference change.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£60 per one hour session. This can be indexed to affordability when necessary, with a few places for those on lower incomes.
The consulting room is a quiet pleasant room overlooking a garden.
Life-experienced. Before training as a counsellor I was an actor and writer in theatre, films and television for many years. I was also a visiting lecturer in the arts department at a London university. I have been working with alcoholics and addicts in various capacities for well over twenty five years.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekday day time and evenings
Types of client