Michal Ullmann-Harwood MBACP (Reg)
I am a qualified counsellor / Psychotherapist with Counselling Psychology training. I have 17 years experience of clinical work. I specialise in working with Alcohol & Drugs Misuse and have extensive counselling experience in this area.
I worked for 6 years in a Local Mental Health Charity (Mind in Kingston) and have a good knowledge of mental health issues and a vast experience of working with people struggling with these issues.
My approach to counselling is, in the main, integrative. This means that I incorporate various counselling approaches in my work.
The main counselling approaches I use are: Psychodynamic, Humanistic (Person-Centred, Existential, TA) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also work with Therapeutic Cards as part of a treatment model SEe FaR CBT for PTSD and various other issues.
My work focuses on the therapeutic relationship between my clients and myself. This helps to enhance understanding and trust which are vital to the therapeutic process.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Association for Psychotherapy Integration (UKAPI).
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) in
Psychology & Counselling
(University of Surrey)
Postgraduate Diploma in
(University of Surrey)
Certificate of Higher
Education in Combined Studies
& Social Studies
Specialised training in:
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
£60 per 50 mins session for individuals
£85 per 75 mins session for couples
Some concessions available
Between 2001 and 2008 I worked as a Substance Misuse counsellor and as Counselling Manager at a local Addiction Counselling Service (ASCA).
During my work at ASCA I also worked at various G.P surgeries in the Kingston & Richmond areas as an Alcohol/Drugs Misuse counsellor.
I worked for two years as a bereavement counsellor at
Kingston Bereavement Service (KBS).
Between 2010 and 2016 I worked at Mind in Kingston in the role of Deputy Chief Executive.
Mind in Kingston is a charity which supports people who experience mental health difficulties as well as promoted awareness of mental health issues in the community. My responsibilities were varied and involved the management of various projects such as Floating Support and developing and managing a counselling service for people in the Kingston Borough.
In addition, I worked as an Experiential Group Facilitator on a counselling training course at NESCOT college between 2010 and 2014.
I have been in private practice since 2004, working with varied issues at my private clinic.