My name is Mike Eustace and I run the Living Therapy counselling service in Southampton, I offer help to individuals and couples for a range of concerns including anxiety, panic, family issues, phobias, feeling sad, depression, low self-esteem, stress, trauma and addiction.
You can learn more about me and my practice at www.livingtherapy.co.uk
I am an accredited member of the British Association For Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I hold a BA Hons (1st) in Humanistic Counselling, a diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a certificate in couples counselling and a certificate in supervision. I am a member of the Independent Supervisor’s Network (ISN), the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) and an associate member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
I have been helping people recover from addiction since 2000 and I have been in practice as a therapist since 2008. I have additional training in helping people recover from trauma and anxiety, and overcoming relationship problems. I am experienced in somatic psychotherapy and I have a particular interest in counselling for men – addressing the barriers to counselling that men frequently experience.
We all experience difficult periods in our lives and I believe that reaching out for help is a healthy, positive step. Whatever your reasons for coming here, you are welcome. My practice is informed by a wealth of experience, training, theoretical and practical knowledge, and a range of approaches including CBT. My principal aim is to accept you entirely as you are and try to understand your problems from your perspective. My experience is that this helps clients feel better about themselves and more able to make the changes they want. I hope to support you through difficult times and help you make beneficial changes in your life. I am willing to walk though darkness with you in search of light.
How I Can Help You
I offer my empathy, compassion, practical experience and theoretical knowledge to help you understand yourself better and find new ways of overcoming your difficulties that work in the long term.
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 feeling stuck, and by reaching out for help you're giving yourself the best possible chance to change things and find a route forwards.
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.
It may take only a few sessions for you to begin to turn your whole life around; effective therapy with the right counsellor might help you move forward quicker than you imagine.
A New Perspective
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.
I offer you acceptance, support and a professional approach. I aim to resolve your problems and feel happier in day-to-day living. I recognise that your journey is unique, your needs are unique to you and I will work in collaboration with you to help you discover your personal path in life.
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, and I will offer theory and insight to help you make new sense of your problems.
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.
How Sessions Are Arranged
Sessions for individuals are 50 or 75 minutes long and 90 minutes for couples. The first 10 minutes of the first session 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 as needed. The choice is yours.
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 am an accredited member of the BACP, which means that my practice has been judged to meet the BACP's higher standard of competence, and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I am a member of FDAP, the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners.
I hold a BA (Hons, 1st class) in Humanistic Counselling, along with the following qualifications:
- Certificate in Supervision (CSTD London).
- 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.
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 Supervisor at Life Changes Counselling Service in Southampton.
I can show you all of my qualifications, including my certificate of insurance , should you wish to see them.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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My fee for a 50 minute session of individual counselling is £45.
My fee for a 90 minute session of couples counselling is £70.
Please see my website for more details.
I work Mondays and Wednesdays 9am-5pm.
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.