Michael Collins MSc, BPC/BACP (Reg) and BACP (Senior Accred)

Michael Collins MSc, BPC/BACP (Reg) and BACP (Senior Accred)

Longcroft House
2-8 Victoria Avenue

335 City Road

07950 644 095

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Longcroft House
2-8 Victoria Avenue

335 City Road

07950 644 095

About me

I am a MBACP Senior Accredited and BACP/BPC Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist with over 28 years experience in working with individuals, couples and groups of all ages, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. I am based in the Angel EC1 and Liverpool Street EC2 and dependent on your presenting issue/need will draw on cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment, relational and humanistic theories and concepts, to provide either short-term focused counselling/therapy or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.

Most of us, will at some point, and for various reasons, experience emotional/psychological challenges which can impact upon and limit the quality of our lives - relationship difficulties, or being 'stuck' in self-defeating/repeating unwanted patterns of behaviour, perhaps finding it hard to accept feelings around past/present/future life events, or maybe anxious, angry or depressed about life in general..etc.. In these emotional situations counselling and psychotherapy can be of benefit in offering a space where you can talk openly about yourself and be listened to and understood, in a way that is perhaps difficult to find with, or ask of, family, friends and work-colleagues.

I offer a confidential, safe and reliable place for you to make sense of your current difficulties, and through the establishment of a trusting therapeutic relationship will help you to explore past formative experiences and future concerns, which may be impacting on your present-day choices/decisions, and in the ways that you form and maintain relationships with others, and how you see, think and feel about yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience

* Neuroscience for Therapists (9 Days/2014)
* Certificate in Psychosexual Therapy with Individuals and Couples (2013/14)
* British Association for Psychotherapy Supervision Training (2011/12)
* Diploma in Couples Counselling & Psychotherapy (2010)
* Certificates in Attachment & Counselling/Psychotherapy Practice (2006/7)
* Certificate in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (2005)
* Certificate in Clinical Assessment (2000)
* Time-Limited Psychotherapy training (1999)
* MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy (1998)
* PG Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (1995)
* PG Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling & Organizational Settings (1992)
* Certificate in Counselling Attitudes & Skills (1991)

Some of my past work experience has been:

* 11 years as an in-house NHS Staff Counsellor & Supervisor based in a large training hospital providing counselling to all NHS/Social Services/Local Authorities staff members

* Tutor/Lecturer in Counselling/Psychotherapy for Birkbeck College and currently Visiting Lecturer for a number of counselling/therapy training organisations

* University Student and Staff Counsellor

* 7 years as an Honorary Psychotherapist in an NHS Psychotherapy Service

* Counsellor (individuals & couples) and Group Facilitator in a Primary Care setting (GP Practice)

* Consultant Clinical Assessment Counsellor for a counselling & psychotherapy provider/training organisation (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)

* Time-limited psychotherapy with adolescents at the Young People's Consultation Service, Tavistock Clinic

* Counsellor, Supervisor and Group Facilitator working in a residential care setting with individuals, couples, groups and families with long-term addiction & dependency issues

I have been in personal psychotherapy & psychoanalysis and regularly meet with a more experienced practitioner for clinical supervision & attend continuing professional development (CPD) events to maintain, improve and broaden my clinical knowledge and skills.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

* People at a crossroads in their lives
* Dissatisfaction/emptiness in relation to life
* Couples counselling and psychotherapy
* Psycho-sexual therapy
* Sexual identity and sexual confusion
* Tapping into creative potential
* Loss and change
* Alienation and isolation
* Shame, self-criticism, feelings of inadequacy and underachievment in life
* Childhood neglect and related issues
* Workplace issues (organisational stress, harrassment, bullying, redundancy, retirement, trauma at work.etc.)
* Cultural identity and displacement
* People affected by suicide
* People affected by someone else's addiction/dependency
* Adults whose parents are/were addicts/alcoholics
* All addictions (drugs/alcohol, sexual, internet porn, shopping, addictive relationships..etc..)
* People involved in 12-Step Recovery Programs'


I offer an initial consultation appointment where the reasons why help is being sought can be explored, and for us to consider whether what I can offer is appropriate and then based on that discussion to negotiate and book in either a short-term or more open-ended contract. It also importantly gives us the chance to experience how comfortable we feel in working and being together.

Fees (Liverpool Street EC2)

  • Individuals: £50 - £80 (50 minute session)
  • Couples: £70 - £100 (60 minute session)
  • Supervision: £50 - £60 (60 minute session)

Fees (Angel EC1)

  • Individuals: £50 - £70 (50 minute session)
  • Couples: £70 - £90 (60 minutes)
  • Supervision £50 - £60 (60 minutes)

Due to the nature of my work I am often unavailable to receive incoming calls/e-mails, so if you don't get me in person and are wanting to talk with me about how I work, what I can offer or to make an initial appointment, please leave me a clear message with your name, contact details and a good time you can be contacted and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Further information

I am a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling  and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am also registered with both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and adhere to the Ethical Frameworks as set out by both the BACP and BPC.

I am also a full member of the Association for Independent Practitioners (AIP), the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS (APP) and the Birkbeck Counselling Association (BCA)

Maps & Directions

London, EC2M 4NS
London, EC1V 1LJ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I have been providing supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors/therapists for many years, with a personal interest in the relationship between the clinical work and the workplace setting.

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