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About me


Welcome!

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.

I offer face-to-face counselling from a comfortable and private space 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 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 mazzylow@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you.
 

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

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

Short Courses and Trainings attended:

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)

Sex Works: The Intersection of Mental Health and Sexuality Professionals (March 2018)

Beyond Gay & Straight (Pink Therapy 2016)

Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Sussex University 2015

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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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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 and feel that the Person-Centred approach is well placed to facilitate a client's own discovery of their gender/sexual identity.

Fees

£60.00 per session

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.

If you don't have insurance or if counselling/CBT techniques/EMDR are not covered by your insurer, then please do get in touch with me by email mazzylow@gmail.com or mobile 07847 598609.

I have a set fee per 50 mins session of £60.  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

My (wheelchair accessible) counselling office is located in Hove and can be accessed via public transport. 

Paid (Pay by Phone) parking is also available nearby. 

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

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom