Michael Thorne B.Sc (hons), FdA, B.Mus (hons), PGCE, HG.Dip., MBPsS, MBACP, GHGI

Michael Thorne B.Sc (hons), FdA, B.Mus (hons), PGCE, HG.Dip., MBPsS, MBACP, GHGI

Burry Port

07798 608 253

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Burry Port

07798 608 253

About me

Hello I’m Mike – the owner of Harbour Light Therapy. Before setting up Harbour Light Therapy, I spent the last 24 years as a music teacher and freelance musician. Both careers have enabled me to mix with a wide variety of people and gain an interest into what makes people tick. With this in mind, I felt the need to expand my horizons and develop an interest I have always had in the helping and caring professions – especially in the areas of psychotherapy, counselling and psychology. Becoming a graduate in psychology has given me an appetite for the science of mind and behaviour, while psychotherapy and counselling provides a practical way of utilising psychological theories to help people directly.

Currently, I am still working part time as a teacher and musician but I have taken on an additional role working for Carmarthenshire Counselling Service since 2012 and have found this both inspiring and rewarding. This role has allowed me to meet a variety of people and deal with a range of psychological problems and I regularly receive positive feedback from clients following my final session with them. Now I have my own therapy practice – Harbour Light Therapy – which offers a simple, efficient and personalised service. Given my employment history, I fully understand the almost continuous stress that can affect teachers and performers. Therefore I can offer bespoke therapy for those employed in education and the performing arts. This can include help with performance anxiety and stress reduction.

My therapy is simple yet effective: we chat to build up rapport and gather information; if appropriate, I will help you set realistic and achievable goals for yourself – you will choose how to accomplish this;  I will share and rehearse skills with you to enable you to move forward with your life; we will move forward at a pace that suits you and at no time should there be any pressure on you to say or do anything with which you feel uncomfortable.

I offer a wide variety of psychological approaches to suit the client. From humanistic to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); mindfulness techniques to solution-focused therapy. For explanations of these approaches and others please visit http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/what-is-therapy/types-of-therapy. I am also studying and practising Human Givens therapy which considers those resources within all human beings that can effectively help us to meet our physical and emotional needs.

I can help with:

  • Anxiety disorders including performance anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Psychological distress related to health issues
  • Worry about medical procedures
  • Sleep problems
  • Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Abuse and domestic violence
  • Loss, Grief, Bereavement
  • Weight loss
  • Giving up smoking
  • Phobias
  • Addictions
  • Loneliness
  • Anger management
  • Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexuality matters
  • Troubled young people
  • Pain control, especially for chronic medical conditions
  • Teaching relaxation using Mindfulness and other methods

Please contact me to arrange a free initial consultation – which will be a confidential 10-to-20 minute conversation on the phone where we will discuss your issues and to see if my therapy is suitable for you. I am qualified to work with adults and children*. In general, I see clients for between 2 and 8 sessions but I can offer long-term therapy if required.

Therapy sessions last for 50-60 minutes and take place in a warm, comfortable and private environment. When you book your first session with me I will send you directions. My practice is wheelchair accessible and there is ample free parking and bathroom facilities. I can offer therapy remotely via the internet and a webcam*, and also telephone*.  I also offer a limited number of home visits*.

At the moment I can offer therapy on Monday (morning, afternoon and evening), Tuesday (morning and afternoon), Friday (morning, afternoon and evening), and Saturday morning.

I am insured to practice (Holistic Insurance Services) and I hold an enhanced certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). All discussions between myself and my clients are confidential and my work is bound by the ethical framework of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I regularly attend continuing professional development (CPD) training to ensure that my skills are up to date and to learn new ones.

* - subject to initial consultation

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications (chronological order)
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology (Upper Second Class) from the University of Derby in July 2015
HG.Dip in Psychotherapy (Distinction) from the Human Givens College in March 2015
FdA Counselling (Distinction) from the University of Wales Trinity St David and Coleg Sir Gar in July 2014
Introducing Counselling Skills (Pass) Level 2 BTEC Intermediate Award from Coleg Sir Gar in February 2010
PGCE Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Secondary Music and Science, (Pass) in July 1990 from the University Of London, Goldsmiths’ College (dissertation title: Creativity and the meaning of Intelligence)
B.Mus. (Hons) Music (Upper Second Class) from the University Of London, Goldsmiths’ College in July 1989

Membership of Professional Bodies
Graduate member of the Human Givens Institute since April 2015
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, full registered member since 2013
British Psychological Society, graduate member since 2009
VOICE, union for professionals in education since 1998

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Performance anxiety
  • Interview nerves
  • Exam nerves
  • Psychological distress related to health issues
  • Worry about medical procedures
  • Loneliness
  • Behavioural problems in children and teenagers
  • Teaching relaxation methods


Therapy sessions cost £35 for 50-60 minutes. This is payable by cash or cheque in advance for all modes of therapy. I do offer a concessionary rates for student counsellors/therapists, students, low waged/unemployed – please ask for details.

Further information

I also offer training, talks and seminars for groups and organisations in the areas of performance anxiety, stress management and relaxation methods.

Maps & Directions

Burry Port, SA16

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Monday (a.m., p.m., evening), Tuesday (a.m., p.m.) Friday (a.m., p.m., evening) Saturday (a.m.)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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