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


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About me

I am a BPC/BACP Registered and BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist with over 30 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 issues/needs will draw on cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment and relational 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 and/or 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, sad or depressed about life in general..etc. In these 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 any 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 in a residential care setting working 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
* Organisational/Workplace difficulties
* Cultural identity and displacement
* People affected by suicide
* People affected by someone else's addiction/dependency
* Adults whose parents are/were addicts/alcoholics
* Addictions (drugs/alcohol, sexual, 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.


  • Individuals: £60 - £80 (50 minute session)
  • Couples: £80 - £110 (60 minute session)
  • Supervision: £50 - £60 (60 minute session)

Due to the nature of my work I am often unavailable to receive incoming calls/messages, 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/send 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 Registered Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the Ethical Frameworks as set out by both the BPC and BACP.

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
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

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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