Mike Brooks, MA, BSc (Hons), MBACP, UKCP Reg

Mike Brooks, MA, BSc (Hons), MBACP, UKCP Reg

Ealing Quaker Meeting House
17 Woodville Road
Ealing
London
W5 2SE

Synergie Counselling
5 New Broadway
Uxbridge Road
Hillingdon
UB10 0LH

07944 748573

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Ealing Quaker Meeting House
17 Woodville Road
Ealing
London
W5 2SE

Synergie Counselling
5 New Broadway
Uxbridge Road
Hillingdon
UB10 0LH

07944 748573

About me

For me, the aim of counselling and psychotherapy is to help a person live a more fulfilling and enriched life.

My aim is to provide a safe space in which any topic may be explored without judgement. It is a chance to feel supported, gain insight and make positive changes.

Full confidentiality applies.

I have been involved with counselling since 2009, and I'm fully accredited with the professional counselling organisations UKCP and BACP.

My style is not to give advice or tell you what to do. Rather, I work in a friendly, gentle manner to explore with you any difficult thoughts, feelings and situations so you can find a way forward.

I have rooms in Little Venice, Ealing and Hillingdon - more details on my website.

How can counselling help?

Counselling can provide clarity around our thoughts and feelings. It can help us to change unhelpful patterns and experience more satisfying lives.

It is an opportunity to talk to a trained professional about concerns that might be difficult to share with family and friends.

At times the process may feel challenging, but if painful feelings or memories come up we can find ways to work through it.

My style of counselling

I have a particular interest in relationship and work issues, as well as spiritual and philosophical concerns. I work with trauma of all types.

It is often the case that many of our difficulties are the result of ideas we picked up early on in life, so it can be helpful to undertake a life review as part of the journey to discovering our true selves and our potential. Some people describe this as becoming who we truly are.

My style of therapy mostly involves talking, but it can also be helpful to use visualisations, investigate dreams, or utilise drawing or memoir writing.

I can also work with breathing exercises, meditation and mindfulness. And I can work with you to help change habits of thought (an approach sometimes called Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT).

Getting started

Please call or email to find out more or to book an initial consultation.

I aim to get back to you within 24 hours (although it may be longer if a weekend).

Our first meeting is a chance to explore how we might work together. To help me understand, I will ask some questions about your background and what brings you to counselling. I will also say something about how I work.

I will let you know if I think I can be of use, and you can decide either during this appointment or afterwards if you would like to proceed.

When you have decided, we will agree a regular time, the fee, and how many appointments you would like, which can be reviewed as we go along.

Counselling will take the form of a 50-minute appointment, and works best when there is a commitment to meet regularly. We are embarking on a journey.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & certificates

  • MA in Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2011)
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2010)
  • BSc (Hons) degree, majoring in psychology

Experience

  • 2014–ongoing: Counsellor with Ealing Abbey Counselling Service
  • 2014/16: Help Counselling Centre, Notting Hill
  • 2013/14: Brunel University Counselling Service
  • 2013/14: Centre 70 Counselling Service, West Norwood
  • 2013: RISE (Recovery Interventions Service Ealing)
  • 2012: Mind, Hillingdon
  • 2011: Samaritans, Hillingdon

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP
UKCP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In addition to the areas above, I have experience exploring religious, spiritual and philosophical concerns.

This might be positive or negative encounters with churches and different religions, or to do with a non-religious search for the meaning of life.

It is common to find we are struggling with both particular daily issues alongside an ongoing search to make sense of life.

Fees

Initial consultation: £45 in Ealing and Little Venice, £35 in Hillingdon

Fee per session: £50 in Ealing and Little Venice, £40 in Hillingdon (some reductions may be possible)

Appointment cancelled with 72 hours notice: No charge

Appointment missed or cancelled with less than 72 hours notice: Full fee payable

No fee is charged if I cancel an appointment (I always aim to give plenty of notice)

Fees reviewed annually in March

Maps & Directions

London, W5 2SE
Hillingdon, UB10 0LH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Tuesdays (all day) and Thursdays (all day)

Types of client

Adults
Older adults