Michael Blythman, BSc (Hons), BACP (Accred.)
You may be feeling overwhelmed by your past. Or perhaps your current levels of stress and anxiety are preventing you from being happy in yourself. Or you may be struggling to find a sense of direction for the future. Take heart, you have reached the right place. You have taken the first step towards finding a solution and feeling better.
Family and friends often do what they can to provide help through the many events of life. Sometimes, however, their advice is not enough and you need a profession ‘outsider’ who can truly listen and support you to feel better.
In counselling you are encouraged to talk about your problems in a friendly, safe and confidential therapeutic relationship. You are supported to express yourself in your own way and in your own time. As you begin to talk about your problems you will experience them in a new way, breaking free of your old habits, reactions and negative self talk. You will find a new sense of confidence in yourself. I will build upon this by supporting you to set goals for yourself and help you to achieve them.
You will learn to understand yourself and gain insight into your patterns of relating to others. You realise that you have choices in how you respond to others, which can bring an incredible sense of liberation. Change in one part of life affects all other parts, leading to improved feelings, thoughts, relationships and responses to events and situations. Often people begin to find their own voice, which provides the self direction and strength needed to face life in a new way.
Hypnotherapy has been proven to be effective in helping people to make behaviour changes. It is widely used to assist in smoking cessation, weight loss, performance enhancement and overcoming phobias. It is extremely effective when setting and achieving goals. It does this by directly accessing the creative mind, the imagination, and using positive suggestions to reach desired goals.
Perhaps less well known is hypnoanalysis: using hypnosis to explore past events to uncover self limiting beliefs. Hypnoanalysis can help you uncover emotional blocks which may be the cause of depression, anxiety or psychosomatic illness.
We are all shaped by our past for good or bad. Our childhood has affected each of us in ways which are often out of our control. These early events plant seeds in our inner mind which become fixed ideas we live by. These fixed ideas are often out of conscious awareness. However, hypnosis can help uncover these beliefs, leading to greater freedom and control, leaving the past behind.
As with counselling, hypnotherapy is only as good as the therapist utilising it. My extensive training and experience in counselling enable me to proceed safely and therapeutically at a pace that suits you.
Michael has over 18 years experience supporting people. He has worked with Belfast Trust, New Life Counselling and other charitable bodies. He has undertaken professional counselling training with a range of renowned organisations: Queens University, London Focusing Institute, Strathclyde University, Anna Freud Centre, University of Central Lancashire, Hypnotherapy Training International and many others. Michael has specialised in the addictions sector for the last 12 years. This has provided him extensive experience in counselling people through stress, depression, anxiety, addictions, family and relationship problems, mental health issues and suicidality. As a result, Michael regularly liaises with other health care professionals: doctors and consultants, community psychiatric nurses, social workers and care workers.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Queens University Belfast: Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.
- London Focusing Institute: 2 year Certification in Focusing-Oriented Therapy
- Hypnotherapy Training International: Hypnosis for Therapeutic Transformation, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Advanced Analytical Hypnotherapy, Medical Hypnotherapy
- Essex Institute: Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT)
- University of Strathclyde: Emotion Focused Therapy, Level 1
- University of Central Lancashire: Personality Disorder, PG Cert
- Anna Freud Centre: Mentalization Based Therapy
- Northern Regional College, Newtownabbey: Gestalt Therapy
- Open University: Discovering Psychology
- Dublin Institute of Technology: BSc (Eng.)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Pain management
- Coping with illness
- Dental procedures
- Medical procedures
- Pre and post surgery counselling
- Terminal illness and end of life
£40 per hour - Counselling
I am willing to negotiate fees if you have difficulty paying.
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Types of client