Maz Michael

Maz Michael

Phoenix Therapy Practice
2 Osmond Road
East Sussex

07847 598609

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About me

About me:


My name is Maz Michael and I am a registered and BACP accredited private practice therapist who lives and works in Brighton, UK.

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 am also currently training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) which is typically recommended for people experiencing Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD); this used to be know as Borderline Personality Disorder ( BPD ).

I have also completed and regularly attend continuing professional development trainings in working with gender and sexual minority clients. I recognise that being LGBTQ+ and living in a normatively heterosexual and cis-gendered society can increase and compound the psychological distress experienced by people from these populations. I work with LGBTQ+ clients in an entirely non-pathologising way.

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 offer a free (except for room rental) 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


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Foundational Training-British Isles DBT training -(attended  training in Sheffield in Sept. 2019, course portfolio to be submitted in March 2020 to confer qualification).

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

Recent Short Courses and Trainings attended:

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)

Understanding Autism Spectrum Conditions (Rachel Lowden 2014)

Trans* 2014-Emerging Trends Conference (Pink Therapy 2014)


I have experience of working as a volunteer counsellor for the following diverse range of organisations:

Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard Counselling Service
Terrence Higgins Trust (HIV) Counselling Service, Brighton
Young Person's Centre, Brighton
Brighton University Counselling Service
Cruse Bereavement Care, Brighton
Falmer High School (now Brighton Academy) Brighton

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


Accredited register membership

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.


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 or mobile 07847 598609.

I do have a set fee per 50 mins session but I am happy to work with you to try and find a mutually agreeable fee based on your income

Further information

My counselling office is located in Hove and is easily accessible via public transport. Pay and display parking is also available nearby.

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3 1TE

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults