Michael Appleton Dip Psych, Dip CBT, BACP Accred
Having worked and trained in a number of modalities I offer clients a combined therapeutic approach including CBT, neurolinguistic and depth psychotherapy for various emotional, psychological and relationship issues. I offer intensive arcs of six to ten sessions as well as a more open-ended, developmental approach.
Some clients need help fast and I offer high intensity work when so required. 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 panic. People judge themselves harshly for all kinds of situations they have not caused, creating needless psychic distress.
I have a particular interest in suffering caused by depression and have had additional training in trauma work and PTSD. This can be the result of one-off events, but can also be an accumulation of things that simply grind 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 where there is a good 'fit' between client and therapist.
Not all psychotherapy is about pain and heartbreak, it is also about change. It can be a means of expanding self-knowledge. It can be an integrating opportunity for bringing together the fractured, discarded or wounded parts (often the most valuable parts) to assist recovery and growth.
I have experience as an NHS therapist and as a group therapist. I have experience of 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 some hard issues. His manner of talking to me showed genuine interest and a willingness to understand my problems which I hadn't experienced in previous counselling. I believe I benefited and eventually 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), MNLP (ABNLP) and The Mediation Agency. I have attended training with the New York Center for Jungian Studies, training with Rufus May and MIND in Hearing Voices, with VOYPIC in working with young people, NHS DBT training (dialectical behaviour therapy) for emotional dysregulation and personality disorder and have attended various training courses in trauma and PTSD.
- Dip Psych (psychotherapy)
- Dip CBT (Merit)
- Cert TIR (Trauma Incident Reduction)
- Cert Med
- Master practitioner NLP/neurolinguistic psychotherapy
Affiliation and Memberships
I am an accredited psychotherapist with the BACP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
I offer reduced-fee assessments where requested.
Areas of special interest: Relationships, families, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, trauma, hearing voices, panic, borderline issues, bullying, divorce/separation, self harm, suicidal feelings.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|