Michael Carter MSc MBACP Reg. FDAP
Problems can be obvious, but also sometimes difficult to recognise and impossible to share. I have been a therapist for many years and time has taught me to vary my approach to match the individual's need, whether it be short term for solving specific problems, or longer term for deeper change. I am Person Centred, but draw on CBT, Transactional Analysis, Attachment, developmental and existential models, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and of course, common sense. I also have experience and expertise in the field of substance abuse and addiction.
We live in stressful times. Relationships, separation and loneliness, work issues, increasing dependencies on substances or obsessive behaviours, anxiety, isolation, poor self image, and a sense of meaninglessness are features of modern life I see in my consulting room again and again. Therapy is a safe place where problems can be detected and understood, and worked on. Sometimes our problems are external; sometimes they are blocks within us that throw up the same old difficulties again and again. Good therapy can help you develop the skills to recognise and deal with problems yourself.
Therapy is a process of discovery and liberation, that often leads to unexpected things. Whatever, current problems don't necessarily have to stay the way they are.
I work from a small quiet consulting room that looks out onto trees and the sky over Ham. Very calm.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters Degree in Psychology and Counselling.
Registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
Full Member of FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) and work within their codes of practice and ethics.
I am also certificated in CBT approaches and certificated in Mindfulness approach.
I consistently attend CPD (Continued Professional Development) courses and workshops in approaches I believe are useful to addressing the needs of my clients.
I have worked with individuals and groups on a range of problems: social and general anxiety disorder, sexual identity and compulsive sexual behaviour, relationship problems and break-up, work stress, shame based self imaging, low self worth, lack of confidence, reactive depression, existential sense of meaninglessness, isolation and general relational difficulties.
I also have extensive experience working with various addiction problems.
I have worked as a staff counsellor at:
Promis Residential Counselling Centre in Kent.
Promis Halfway House and Day Care centres in London.
SHARP Therapy Centre London.
I have been a sessional therapist at:
Capio Nightingale Psychiatric Hospital in central London
The Recovery Centre, Belgravia.
I have facilitated private group therapy and also worked privately with individuals struggling with a variety of disorders and difficulties: depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship problems etc. Also drugs, alcohol, gambling, eating and other addictive or compulsive disorders, including sexual compulsions.
Alcohol, sex and to a degree moderate use of some drugs can relax us in a stressful world. However sometimes these habits exercise a morbid grip on the individual and reach the tipping point of addiction. Intervention can challenge this progression, or therapy can help recover from these sometimes life wrecking difficulties.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 per one hour session.
The consulting room is a quiet pleasant room overlooking a garden.
Concessions offered for
Life-experienced. Before training as a counsellor I was an actor and writer in films and television for many years. I was also a visiting lecturer in the arts department of a London university. I have been working with alcoholics and addicts in various capacities for well over thirty years.
I can offer online Zoom, VSee, FaceTime and Skype sessions.