Michael Fairbairn BSc, MBACP, UKCP Registered
I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor and offer both short and longer term therapy depending on the needs of the client. During our lives, we meet many challenges and difficulties. Sometimes these worries pass and we can move on; at other times they are harder to understand. This can leave us feeling confused, anxious, isolated or depressed and may prevent us from living up to our potential.
Counselling can provide a safe place in which to tell our story, to explore the things that we are finding difficult at the moment, and to have the experience of really being heard by someone else.
Being heard with a compassionate and professional understanding is one of the most healing elements in a talking therapy, and in itself can allow us to explore the more painful aspects of our lives. This may lead to finding ways of being more at peace with ourselves, living more creatively and consciously, and freeing ourselves from the unhelpful emotional patterns that hold us back in our lives. Through this deep exploration, this soul journey, we can not only heal our deepest wounds but can possibly access hidden sources of wisdom and strength that can enhance aspects of our lives.
Although my approach in integrative, I would describe my predominant style of working as psychodynamic. Our relationship will often mirror relationships in your day-to-day life as well as those of early childhood. This means that the way that we work together and relate will be an important aspect of the work. Amongst other approaches, I also like to work with dreams and the creative imagination. It is through these that the therapist and client can explore both the psychological and soul issues that are calling to be addressed.
Counselling is an intervention which can help bring about constructive change. It can help you to discover your own answers and feel more in control of your life and relationships.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and am also a member of the UKCP.
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
For individual clients my fees are £45 per session and the sessions are 50 minutes.
For couples my fees are £70 per session and the sessions are 60 minutes.
I do offer concessions in certain circumstances.
I have private consulting rooms near the centre of St Albans and there is available parking.