Mic Austen UKCP, MA & Diploma Couns & Psych; M.Sc.
The hardest part is making the first phone call......
A warm welcome: are you feeling lost and low or anxious and depressed? I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor with over 15 years experience. I work with individuals and couples both long-term (over 3 months) and short-term (6-12 weeks). I work in an Integrative way which means that I am trained to use a number of different theories, tailoring the therapy to what is best for you. The most important thing is that you get the help and support that you want and need to live the life that you deserve.
Some of the issues that I work with are:
- Anxiety - general anxiety disorder and more specific anxiety issues
- Depression - including post-natal depression
- Work-related issues
- Relationship issues,
- Couples counselling
- Abuse – emotional, psychological, physical, sexual
- Post-traumatic Stress
- Trauma - neglect and childhood abuse
- Family issues
- Gender and sexuality
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Personal development
- Childhood issues – divorce, abuse, neglect, etc
- if your specific concern is not listed here, please phone and ask me about it....
I have been working as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist for over 15 years. I began my therapy training as a way to make sense of my own life and now I work to help you to make sense of yours. It is amazing to see how people can turn around pain and unhappiness in their lives and in a relatively short time feel so much better. Having experienced the power of therapy myself, it is important to me that I provide a caring, warm, non-judgmental space for you to feel better about yourself, your life and your relationships.
What is Counselling/Psychotherapy?
Although I use the terms Counselling and Psychotherapy interchangeably, they are a little different. Counselling tends to be short-term (up to 3 months) and Psychotherapy tends to be more long-term and looks deeper and longer into your life, sometimes looking at your past and childhood issues to understand your present. The training in the two is also different: counselling training is shorter and psychotherapy is much longer and requires you to be in your own therapy.
Counselling and Psychotherapy both work by listening - the 'talking cure', as it is known. By having someone to empathically listen, understand, delve, make sense and offer insights into what is troubling us, we begin to transform and change, feeling happier, more content and able to make decisions and choices that work for us. We begin to participate more fully in our own life rather than be a spectator to it.
My aim with Counselling and Psychotherapy is to help you explore what is not working in your life and assist you in understanding events, experiences, thoughts and feelings so that you can make the changes you want in order to feel better and live your life to the full.
What do you do now?
I do encourage you to pick up the phone for an informal chat although I know how difficult this can be. If you find this too difficult, please feel free to email. I am happy to talk about any aspect of therapy/counselling so that you get the answers you need for the problems you are experiencing. (Tel: 07445-672295). Talking to me is the best way to know whether you would like to work with me and I am more than happy to answer any of your questions - about my training, how I work and how counselling/therapy can help you.
I know that when you feel depressed, anxious, angry, sad, fearful, confused, undervalued, unloved or unable to cope , picking up the phone can be a daunting task. This is quite normal and very usual and I hope that you will find me sensitive enough to your feelings to help you make sense of what is going on for you.
Having a trial session is another way to see whether I can help you. It is really important that you get the help that you want and deserve from someone that you trust and get on with.
You could also look at my websites for more information...
I cover Brentwood, Shenfield, Hutton, Upminster, Billericay in Essex and Maida Vale, Paddington and Little Venice in Central London.
Specialising in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, phobias, trauma of neglect and childhood abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma Counselling & Psychothery
Level I SensoriMotor Psychotherapy -for PTSD, Trauma and Healing
EMDR - Levels 1 and 2
Encounter-centred Couples Therapy
IMAGO Certified Couples Therapist
I have a particular interest in:
Personality Disorders - Narcissistic, Borderline, Histrionic, Anti-Social Personality Disorders, etc. (Being in relationship with someone wiith a personality disorder has a traumatic impact on those around them)
Gender/Sexuality Issues: I am experienced in working within the LGBT community - both as couples and as individuals. In particular, I work using Gay Affirmative Therapy - see Dr. Joe Kort (www.joekort.com)
Brainspotting is a way of working with and healing Trauma. It is a profound attunement of therapist and client and works by down-playing the amygdala which controls the flight, fright and freeze response in the body. It is the freeze response to trauma that causes symptoms ranging from IBS, Migraines, anxiety attacks and many other physical symptoms. Please see: www.brainspotting.pro and www.brainspotting.org.uk for more information.
Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) and EcCT: is a dynamic approach to healing and enriching relationships, providing couples and individuals with the necessary practical communication tools to listen to and understand each others needs better, resolve conflict and restore/deepen connection. You will be coached in practical and effective ways to help resolve conflict in your relationship, leading to a more intimate, fulfilling and loving relationship. If you would like more information about Imago Relationship Therapy, visit www.gettingtheloveyouwant.co.uk, visit my website: www.macounselling.co.uk and http://www.essexpsychotherapy.co.uk/
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Trauma - neglect and childhood abuse
- Couples - both heterosexual and same sex couples
- General dissatisfaction with life, feeling stuck
- Relationship issues; inc. repeating the same patterns
- Self-esteem issues
- Work issues
- Loss and bereavement
- Sex and sexuality/gender issues
- Gay, Lesbian Bi-sexual individuals and couples
- Life choices and indecision
- Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy
£50 - £75 per hour for Individuals, depending on location and time of appointment
£70-85 per hour for couples depending on location and time
I work in Brentwood, Essex, close to Shenfield, Chelmsford, Billericay, Upminster, Hornchurch. I am 2 minutes walk from Brentwood station and there is free parking opposite my practice.
I also work in the Paddington/MaidaVale/Little Venice area of West London, between Paddington and Warwick Avenue tube stations.
For more information, please visit my website: www.macounselling.co.uk or
Please telephone me for any further information: 07445-672295
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available weekdays and evenings from 8am to 9pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|