Mike Eustace MBACP
023 8033 2575 / 07789 265 963
If you are feeling run-down, distressed, low self-esteem, anxiety, relationship problems, or just generally struggling to cope, then counselling could provide the help you need: a light at the end of the tunnel.
I have more than ten years experience of helping people to overcome a wide range of problems, including: anger management, bereavement, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, addiction, gambling, alcohol problems, drug problems, obsessive compulsive disorder and eating problems.
My approach is gentle and thoughtful, and I fully appreciate how difficult it can be to ask for help. Nevertheless, my clients typically report that sessions with me have helped them to be happier, more confident and better able to make decisions in their lives.
How I Can Help You
I offer both couples counselling and individual counselling.
The counselling process often works as follows:
Problems → Resolution → Contentment
Sounds obvious? Most effective approaches are. Here's how it works:
Problems: A Starting Point
Have you tried to think your way out of your problems and it hasn't worked?
Are the problems still there and you've run out of ideas about how to solve them?
I appreciate how demoralizing it can be to find yourself in that position, and by reaching out for help you're giving yourself the best possible chance to change things for the better.
Resolution: A Way Forward
Rather than offering a "diagnosis", I believe that you hold the answers to your problems, even if you can't see them now. The most important thing is that no matter how stuck you feel in your problems now, counselling can help you find solutions and begin living in the answer. Furthermore, it may take only a few sessions for you to begin to turn your whole life around; effective therapy with the right counsellor can be cheaper and more fast-acting than you might think.
Contentment: A New Perspective
"I would like to say a big thank you for all your help" --- 'T', former client.
When you feel like you're stuck in a problem, it's easy to loose sight of the fact that you can be happy again. By giving you unconditional acceptance, support and a professional approach, I can help you to resolve your problems and feel happier in day-to-day living. With few exceptions, my clients report that counselling has helped them to feel happier about themselves and their future. Each person's journey is unique, and yours can start as soon as you step into my practice.
What to Expect in a Counselling Session
Abraham Maslow, one of the fathers of modern therapy, suggested that human beings have two fundamental needs. The first is a need for security and the second is a need for personal learning and growth.
Likewise, you can expect me to be kind, warm, professional and respectful during our sessions together. I will accept you unconditionally and do my best to help you relax.
I am a member of the BACP and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I will listen to what you want and tailor my work to suit your specific needs. Many clients find that because I offer them safety and emotional security, they become ready to explore new ways to solve their problems. Most clients report that during, between, and after counselling sessions with me, they are frequently able to consider their problems with new perspective, clarity, honesty and insight that they are unable to achieve alone, or with friends and family.
My way of working is uniquely informed by the Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, NLP, CBT, Solution-Focussed and 12-Step approaches.
How Sessions Are Arranged
Your first session will be 60 minutes long. The first 10 minutes will be for me to go through some necessary admin with you, including an intake assessment, and the remaining 50 minutes will be for you to use as you like.
If at the end of the first session either you or I feel that counselling with me will not be helpful for you, then the session will be free because it would be unfair of me to charge under those circumstances.
If at the end of the first session you would like to continue for further sessions, then the normal fee is payable for the session and we will set a date and duration of the next session. Ongoing sessions can be either 50 or 75 minutes long and can take place weekly, fortnightly, or irregularly. The choice is yours.
Note that 75 minute sessions will cost more than 50 minute sessions.
I see individuals and couples in Southampton within easy reach of junctions 5, 7 and 8 of the M27 and 20 minutes walk from Southampton Central railway station. (Please note - No wheelchair access).
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BA (Hons, 1st class) in Humanistic Counselling, along with the following qualifications:
- Diploma with Distinction in Humanistic Counselling, from the University of Chichester.
- INLPTA Diploma in the Art and Science of NLP.
- ITA Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101.
- Certificate in Higher Education, from the University of Southampton.
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, from Fareham College.
I am fully insured against public liability and I have a full, recent, clean Extended CRB Check.
Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked for 10 years in a white-collar job in the engineering industry and throughout that time I also provided help and support to vulnerable people via the voluntary sector.
I am a counsellor at Off The Record.
I can show you all of my qualifications, including my certificate of insurance and CRB check, should you wish to see them.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
My fee for a 50 minute session of individual counselling is £40.
My fee for a 90 minute session of couples counselling is £60. I regret that I do not offer a sliding scale for fees for couples.
I can do home visits for an additional £10 per session.
Please see my website for more details.
Please note - the map below for my Southampton practice is an approximate location due to privacy and security for both me and my clients. I will give you the address when we arrange our first session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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In addition to normal 9-5 hours, I offer "Early Bird" sessions Wednesday-Friday, starting at 7:30am, and evening sessions up until 7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am currently in training as a supervisor and I provide reduced-rate supervision to trainee therapists.