Michael Rouse, Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred)
Are you going through a difficult patch, or is there a persistent issue that is stopping you from getting the most from life? Perhaps there isn't even a ‘problem’ and you’d simply like to work on your personal development.
I can offer you friendly, down-to-earth and professional support to help you achieve your goals. I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, and an Accredited and Registered Member of the BACP. I work with people from a range of backgrounds experiencing a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger management, low self-esteem, eating disorders, obesity and weight concerns, and bereavement.
As we work together I will encourage you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I will listen attentively and respond empathically to your concerns. I will be impartial and I will not judge you. I won’t make decisions for you or direct you towards a particular course of action; instead I will help you to explore choices, and support you in making the positive changes in your life that you seek.
People often ask how long will the therapy be? The sessions themselves are around 50 minutes in duration. But in terms of the number of sessions, it varies from one person to the next. For some it may take longer to get to the heart of their concerns. For others, positive and lasting change can be achieved in just a few sessions. It’s important to bear in mind that you are not locked into a process; we will go at the pace that feels right for you and you can finish when it suits you.
Moreover, I’m aware that not everyone has the time, space or the money to engage in long term therapy, and that many people will be looking for a quick and effective way of reducing their everyday stresses and strains. That’s why I have developed a wellness toolkit that can easily be incorporated into even the busiest of lifestyles. This comprises a range of self-care measures that is supported by experience and scientific research.
I offer my therapy services via telephone and video, in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
If you would like to know more about my counselling service, or you have any questions about what therapy entails, please feel free to get in touch.
Here’s what to expect when you contact me:
- I will respond promptly, by email, text or phone - whichever you prefer.
- I will offer to call you (at a time that suits you) for a brief, confidential, no obligation discussion.
- Then, if you decide you would like to proceed, we can arrange an initial appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Theory
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) Master Practitioner Diploma
I have over 15 years experience working for charitable counselling agencies and in private practice.
In 2012 I gained Accreditation status with the BACP. Accredited counsellors are those who have demonstrated that they are meeting a wide range of criteria, set to recognise high standards of knowledge, experience and development.
Additionally I am a Registered member of the BACP. The Register is a quality mark of accreditation by the Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care.
In 2015 I qualified as National Centre for Eating Disorders Master Practitioner, therefore I am trained to work with people who have concerns about their weight.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I undertake employee assistance programme (EAP) work.
Video counselling: £45 per session.
Telephone counselling: £45 per session.
Session rates for NHS employees will be discounted by £10.
I am able to offer day time and evening appointments.