Maz Michael, Registered Member MBACP (Accred.), B.A. (Hons.), PG Cert., PG Dip.
23 New Road
My name is Maz Michael and I am a registered and BACP accredited private practice therapist who lives and works in Brighton, UK.
My core training is in Person-Centred Counselling and, as such, I see you as the ultimate expert on yourself. My aim is to offer you a trustworthy therapeutic relationship whereby you can feel free to explore and express whatever you feel you need to so that you can move forward in your life. I have been told by clients that I am pleasant to work with and easy to talk to.
My view is that we are all unique beings and, therefore, what is helpful to one person might not be helpful for another. As such, I have undertaken further therapeutic trainings which compliment my core Person-Centred training and enable me to tailor the support I offer more fully to an individual’s needs and preferences.
In addition to my core training:
I hold a post-graduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach which, for example, can be extremely helpful in identifying and challenging unhelpful thinking.
I have also completed and regularly attend continuing professional development trainings with Pink Therapy, UK's largest therapy organisation offering trainings for therapists to work with gender and sexual minority clients. I recognise that being LGBTQ+ and living in a normatively heterosexual and cis-gendered society can increase and compound the psychological distress experienced by people from these populations. I work with LGBTQ+ clients in an entirely non-pathologising way.
I identify as gender non-conforming (non-binary) and thus have a lived experience of the (sometimes) immense challenges as well as the immense pride that comes with this identity. I have also delivered trainings for therapists on working with LGBTQ+ clients.
I offer face-to-face counselling from a comfortable and private space adjacent to the North Laines in central Brighton. I also offer a full online therapy service via Skype or by telephone for those that live too far to attend face-to-face sessions or those who live locally but whose schedule does not permit them to attend face-to-face sessions.
I also offer a free (except for room rental) first session, this gives you the opportunity to see whether I am the right counsellor for you. I invite you to call me on 07847598609 or email me at email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Cert. in Psychological Wellbeing Practice (CBT approach) (Canterbury Christ Church & Nottingham Universities) 2012
PG Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (Brighton University) 2009
B.A. (First Class Hons.) English Literature (London Metropolitan University) 2005
Beyond Gay & Straight (Pink Therapy 2016)
Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Sussex University 2015)
Understanding Autism Spectrum Conditions (Rachel Lowden 2014)
Trans* 2014-Emerging Trends Conference (Pink Therapy 2014)
Introduction to Creativity Coaching (Dr Eric Maisel 2013)
Certificate in Outdoor/Nature based Therapy (The Centre for Ecotherapy)
Essentials in Sexual Minority Therapy (Pink Therapy)
Cruse Certificate in Bereavement Counselling (Cruse Bereavement Care)
Certificate in Creative Therapy (Centre for Counselling, Psychotherapy & Training)
I have experience of working as a volunteer counsellor for the following diverse range of organisations:
Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard Counselling Service
Terrence Higgins Trust (HIV) Counselling Service, Brighton
Young Person's Centre, Brighton
Brighton University Counselling Service
Cruse Bereavement Care, Brighton
Falmer High School (now Brighton Academy) Brighton
I have also previously worked for two and a half years for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative which offers clients CBT based psychological therapy for mild to moderate depression or anxiety (including panic attacks and phobias).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in working with clients from gender (binary and non-binary) and sexual minority populations and feel that the Person-Centred approach is well placed to facilitate a client's own discovery of their gender/sexual identity.
I am registered as a provider of psychological counselling with Aviva Insurance and have worked with a number of other insurance providers.
If you don't have insurance or if counselling and/or CBT techniques are not covered by your insurer, then please do get in touch with me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 07847 598609.
I do have a set fee per 50 mins session but I am happy to work with you to try and find a mutually agreeable fee based on your income
My counselling office is located in central Brighton. It is just 10 minutes walk from Brighton train station as well as on numerous bus routes. There are also a number of paid car parks nearby.
Maps & Directions
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My availability changes so please check with me and we can see if we can find a mutually compatible day/time.
Types of client