Michael Appleton DipPsych, BACP Accred, DipCBT, BABCP Accred
Having worked in transdiagnostic environments within (and outside) the NHS I offer cognitive-behavioural as well as depth psychotherapy for depression, anxiety and relationship issues. I offer intensive arcs of six to ten sessions as well as a more open-ended, developmental approach when required.
Some clients want help fast and I offer high intensity work when needed. Others want to work more in depth. In either case the people I work with want help with relationships, fears or depression - the themes that persistently recur in their lives; the things people secretly think of as their 'fate' - but which need not be. I help clients identify goals, work jointly to help them attain them, and undertake to complete when they do.
I use solution-focused strategies to help address immediate issues of anxiety, fear and stress - the things that tend to prevent people from fully entering their lives; from attaining their true potential, or from acting with freedom or spontaneity.
I offer relationship work and find that relationships are first influenced by our relationship with ourselves. How we feel about ourselves somehow invariably finds its way into our private lives or working environments, which is why relationship issues can be dealt with in individual as well as couples therapy. Self-attacking tendencies / self-punishing behaviours and self-criticism all affect self-esteem, and can trigger depression and even terror or panic. People judge themselves harshly for all kinds of situations they have not caused, creating acute but unecessary psychic distress.
I have a particular interest in the suffering caused by depression and how it is maintained by fear and self-hostility. And the distress caused by anxiety disorders and how anxiety cycles perpetuate themselves - derailing us through negatively reinforced threat patterns. And I have a special interest in trauma/developmental trauma and PTSD which can be the result of one-off events, but can also be an accumulation of things that have simply ground us down over the years. And yet depression, illness and trauma, as with other forms of suffering can prove a transitional opportunity in people’s lives. And distress and its alleviation is something that can be viewed with some optimism in a collaborative treatment environment. The purpose of therapy is to help restore a sense of control back to the client; the belief we can actually take back a measure of influence over our own fate is itself a positive healing indicator.
Not all psychotherapy is about pain and heartbreak, it is also about change. It can be a means of expanding self-knowledge. It can prove an opportunity for bringing together the fractured, wounded or disowned parts of ourselves - often the most valuable parts to assist recovery, personal integration and growth.
I have worked in the NHS as a specialist DBT and CBT therapist in multi-agency/ multidisciplinary settings. I am also a group therapist and facilitate couples and family work.
Cross-section of clients:
Michael gave me back my life after a period of prolonged illness and a difficult surgery. He helped me to unravel the threads of my life, make sense of what was happening and put myself back together again with renewed energy, clarity and confidence. The process was challenging, inspiring and nothing short of life-changing. I would recommend Michael wholeheartedly as a skilful and intuitive psychotherapist as well as a thoughtful, committed and humane individual. Amanda C, London
After a recent trip to my GP I was advised to try CBT as a way of helping to cope with some long-term mental health issues. I started weekly therapy with Michael Appleton to address my difficult mental state. I felt willing to open up personal information and address the hard issues. His manner of talking to me showed a genuine willingness to understand and explain my problems which I hadn't experienced in previous counselling. I benefited and noticed my symptoms begin to change. I recommend him and believe he has a lot to offer those in need in this field. Danny M, North London
I first saw Michael after a traumatic experience following the birth of my second child. Having struggled with anxiety for the best part of a decade, this heightened my fear making it impossible to bond with my new baby. Michael taught me how to control my anxiety; something previous counsellors had not been able to do. He was my lifeline during this time, without his guidance I don’t believe I could have navigated this period. In the end it gave me a future with my daughter. Working with Michael was both challenging and exhilarating. Our sessions have been the best conversations I have had about myself leaving me with the clarity and courage to start to seek out the life I wanted. Anita B, London
- Self harm
- Bereavement and loss
- Hearing voices/critical self-dialogue
- Eating disorders
- Panic states
- Mood dysregulation/personality disorder
Training, qualifications & experience
My training reflects an interest in correlating intensive therapy with the reduction of human suffering and encouraging post-traumatic growth. I have an interest in transitional work which includes working with dreams, archetypes and the unconscious.
Qualifications and training
Training organisations include the Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (UKCP-affiliated), Royal Holloway, University of London (CBT), the UK College for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Applied Metapsychology International (AMI), Neurolinguistic training (ABNLP) and conflict resolution (The Mediation Alliance). I have attended training with the New York Center for Jungian Studies, Hearing Voices with Rufus May, VOYPIC for working with young people and NHS DBT training (dialectical behaviour therapy) for personality disorder and complex trauma. I have attended as well as presented training in trauma/PTSD/C-PTSD.
- Dip Psych (BL Inst. Contemp Psychotherapy)
- Dip CBT (Merit)
- BACP Accred
- DBT practitioner / DBT group therapist
- BABCP Accred
- Cert Med
- Master practr. neurolinguistic psychotherapy
- Cert TIR (Trauma Incident Reduction)
Affiliation and Memberships
Accredited CBT therapist (BABCP)
Accredited psychotherapist (BACP)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
I offer reduced-fee assessments where requested.
Areas of special interest: Relationships, families, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, trauma, hearing voices, panic, bullying, divorce/separation, self harm, suicidal feelings.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|