Michael Bizley (MBACP Registered)
At times we can all experience life situations and events that feel very overwhelming. It may create feelings of anger, stress, being unable to cope with everyday situations, feelings of sadness, of being low, frustration or powerlessness. Sometimes it may be hard to find someone to talk to who will understand and appreciate what it is that you may be experiencing. At times it may just be too hard to work out what is going on for you. Counselling can be a real opportunity to explore not only the current issues and what is bringing you but also to look at the root causes of your difficulties and to work with any patterns and behaviours that may be unhelpful. As a Psychodynamic Counsellor my aim is to firstly provide a warm, friendly, confidential and professional environment in which you can explore the issues that you feel need addressing. We will look at the underlying issues that are causing these difficulties and work towards change and self discovery.
I offer both short term and long term counselling for both individuals and couples. I am fully insured and am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) abiding by their ethical framework and guidelines. All my work is fully supervised and I am insured. I also regularly attend continuous professional development training opportunities
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Certificate in Online Counselling
- Diploma in Online Counselling
- Certificate in Sexual Minority Therapy
- Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Member of ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)
I have experience of working in private practice but also within a youth counselling organisation working with adolescence and also experience of working for a national sexual health charity. I have a particular interest in working with sexual minority issues and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender. I also work as an Online Therapist via the use of email, instant chat or video as I appreciate it is not always possible for people to attend regular face to face sessions and for some is more convenient. This can be arranged by contacting me if you feel it would be more preferable. I am a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO).
I am committed to providing a safe, non judgemental space for all my clients and maintain a very professional approach to my work. I will attend training courses on a regular basis to ensure that my work continues to meet these standards.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Individuals are £45 and for couples £60. Each session is based on 50 minutes.
Some low cost counselling appointments are available during the day.
Online Counselling whether via Email, Audio or Webcam is £45 per 50 minutes.
I am a fully trained and experienced counsellor and have been in practice for over 10 years after obtaining my Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF).I have experience of working with both adults and adolescence and currently work in both private practice and for a youth counselling agency which specialises in working with those between the ages of 14 to 19 years . I have a particular interest in working with sexual minority issues and those who identify as LGBTQ. I have undertaken extensive training with Pink Therapy and have also worked within the field of HIV .
Although I have been involved in counselling for many years now this is not where I started out life and worked for over 17 years within an office environment before deciding to undergo a career change into the therapeutic world, which was a result of my own life journey. Naturally this has also allowed me to follow a path that I have seen as very rewarding in many ways and is hugely satisfying to see clients move forward and grow, leaving therapy often in a better place.
My current counselling role sees me working both in a short term and long term way, pulling on skills and knowledge that I have built up through my continuous training and professional development. I work with many types of issues ranging from relationships, depression, sexual identity, bereavement, anxiety and stress.
I work and am qualified as an Online Therapist as I recognise that more and more people access services online. However, it is also about recognising that for some it is not always possible to attend regular face to face sessions due to work commitments, health and mobility problems, cultural issues, location, anxiety and social difficulties. Online Therapy can work well in these situations. If preferred, it is also possible to have a combination of both online and face to face therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer fortnightly face to face appointments. Online appointments can be arranged weekly and if preferred a mixture of both is possible. Saturday morning online appointments are available.
Types of client