Maz Michael

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Hove BN3
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About me


My name is Maz Michael and I am a registered and BACP accredited private practice therapist who works in Brighton, UK. I qualified in 2009 and have enjoyed working as a therapist ever since then.

My core training is in Person-Centred Counselling and, as such, I see you as the ultimate expert on yourself. My aim is to offer you a trustworthy therapeutic relationship whereby you can feel free to explore and express whatever you feel you need to so that you can move forward in your life.

My view is that we are all unique beings and, therefore, what is helpful to one person might not be helpful for another. As such, I have undertaken further therapeutic trainings which compliment my core Person-Centred training and enable me to tailor the support I offer more fully to an individual’s needs and preferences.

In addition to my core training:

I am an EMDR trained therapist. EMDR is recommended for PTSD and can be helpful for a number of other issues including: panic attacks, stress, phobias, self-esteem and addictions. 

I also hold a post-graduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach which, for example, can be extremely helpful in identifying and challenging unhelpful thinking or behaviours that may be perpetuating anxiety or depression.

I have also completed a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Foundational Training. DBT is typically recommended for people experiencing Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), as well as for anyone who struggles to regulate their emotions. I am able to offer DBT informed therapy.

My post qualifying trainings also allow me to offer individual and group mindfulness sessions. Although not a type of therapy, mindfulness has a convincing evidence base of being therapeutic for anxiety, stress, depression and some other presentations.

I offer face-to-face counselling and mindfulness sessions from two therapy centres in Hove. I also offer a full online therapy service via video conferencing or by telephone for those that live too far to attend face-to-face sessions or those who live locally but whose schedule does not permit them to attend face-to-face sessions.

I also offer a reduced rate first session for clients that self-refer, this gives you the opportunity to see whether I am the right counsellor for you. I invite you to call me on 07847598609 or email me at

I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience


Mindfulness Teacher, British Psychological Society approved training. Mindfulness Now Jan 2024

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Foundational Training-British Isles DBT training. September 2019- March 2020.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Levels 1 though 4 (EMDR Europe Accredited Training)   Sian Morgan, Portslade, East Sussex 2017

PG Cert. in Psychological Wellbeing Practice (CBT approach) (Canterbury Christ Church & Nottingham Universities) 2012

PG Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (Brighton University) 2009

B.A. (First Class Hons.) English Literature (London Metropolitan University) 2005

Some Short Courses and Trainings recently or currently attending

Diploma in Diversity, Cultural Competence, Race and Anti-discrimination Practice (Delivered by The Anti-discrimination Focus TADF July 2024)

Working Within Diversity: An anti-oppressive model for therapeutic practice. Online workshop with Myira Khan. June 2023

Autism in Not a Personality 'Disorder:' Misdiagnosis and Stigma. Online workshop with Cathie Long and Dr Judy Eaton. May 2023

Looking Deeply: 6 Week Mindfulness Course in the tradition of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hahn (Plum Village UK, Sept-Oct 2022).

A Day on Neurodiversity (The Weekend University, 28th August 2022).

Be Calm, Be Happy: 6 week Mindfulness Meditation course in the tradition of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hahn, (Plum Village UK, Feb-April 2022).

Working with Autism in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Jenny Ronayne, Brighton Therapy Partnership Sept. 2021)

Black Trauma when it Presents in the Therapy Room (BME Voices Talk Mental Health, online Conference, Oct. 2020)

Intersecting Identities (Pink Therapy Conference, London, March 2019)

Single Session Therapy (Windy Dryden, London, Feb 2019)

I have also previously worked for two and a half years for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative which offers clients CBT based psychological therapy for mild to moderate depression or anxiety (including panic attacks and phobias).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in working with clients from gender (binary and non-binary) and sexual minority populations (LGBTQI+) and feel that the Person-Centred approach is well placed to facilitate a client's own discovery of their gender/sexual identity. I work with trans/non binary and sexual minority clients in an entirely non pathologising and affirmative way.


£65.00 - £70.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva

Additional information

I am registered as a provider of psychological counselling with Aviva Insurance and have worked with a number of other insurance providers. 

For people that are self funding, the fee per 50 mins session is between £65-£70.  I also have a very limited number of lower cost spaces. 

When I work

My availability changes so please check with me and we can see if we can find a mutually compatible day/time.

Further information

I work from two locations, Phoenix Therapy Practice (which is wheelchair accessible) and the Wilbury Clinic, both premises are in Hove and are easily accessible via public transport and both have plenty of Pay by Phone parking nearby. 

Phoenix Therapy Practice, 2 Osmond Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1TE

109 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2AF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Phoenix Therapy Practice has a room that is fully wheelchair accessible.

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