I offer a Free 30 minute chat/consultation to discuss your needs and to see if we feel we can work together, or if therapy feels right for you.
Hi there, I'm Mike. I hope my profile helps you understand how I approach my work, both as an experienced counsellor and fellow human being. I aim to help you feel comfortable to talk and find solutions to immediate, or longer standing problems and issues.
I put you first - you are central to how we begin to approach our work together, collaboratively as a team.
I recognise that all clients are different and that you all want different things from your therapy, at a pace and depth that suits you.
I use my years of experience as a qualified counsellor, to involve you in a meaningful, potentially transformative therapeutic process, where I can support you to explore the issues that you are bringing and decide on a way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Graduate Diploma in Humanistic/Integrative Counselling (York St John University 2010)
- Certificate in counselling (2006)
I have over 14 years experience in working as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Throughout that time I have worked at:
- Holy Rood House (Centre For Health and Pastoral Care, near Thirsk)
- Ryedale Counselling Service
- Doncaster Alcohol Service
- Future Prospects (Swinegate, York)
- 1-2-1 Counselling (Voluntary Counselling Service, York)
I have also counselled in East Yorkshire from 2017 - 2020, for a qualified provider [AQP] counselling service, for the NHS, under the Improving access to psychological therapies [IAPT] initiative.
I have been a trustee for a counselling charity, where I had a long established connection as a counsellor and psychotherapist, in York [2008 - 2018].
I now have my established private practice, counselling in Beverley and in Bridlington, in East Yorkshire.
Here follows some examples that offer you a window into the way I work:
Helping clients recognise how holding onto a negative view of themselves maintains their depressive view of the world around them and the relationships they experience. This can offer clients a choice of whether to begin to change this negative view and approach life with a more constructive mindset. It can be a struggle, because as humans we often keep doing the things we know, even when they are unhelpful!
Listening to clients express so much anger and sadness at the way they were, or have been treated, can be incredibly cathartic and freeing for clients. Skillfully leaving clients the space to explore their feelings, while helping them unravel what has become trapped and knotted, can enable clients to "move on" and leave old and heavy baggage behind.
Reflecting back to clients the words they express themselves with. Asking questions to help clients get in touch with their feelings and thoughts, can help clients begin to understand how their feelings and thoughts affect their behaviours, some of the choices they make, and how this affects or contributes to their beliefs. There is then a deeper understanding gained by both client and therapist, and this can lead to much greater therapeutic potential for clients.
Building a picture of a clients approach to life: how they manage their lifestyle, their work/life balance, the relationship choices they make, their decisions and sacrifices, and how they maintain or don't maintain their personal boundaries can be enlightening. When clients begin to see the sum total of how they "maintain" their lives, it can often be obvious to them that changes need to be made. Helping clients explore the reasons why some of these choices and decisions were made can be illuminating for them, and they may then choose healthier alternatives.
Enabling a client to experience feeling truly heard, seen, and understood. Is sometimes all they say they want and needed.
Strategies to help clients cope, both in the short and longer term can also be very constructive. Although I think if you recognise some of the above, you might see how a combination of a client's increased awareness of themselves, is the very foundation for strategies to become more effective, adaptable and lasting.
Some more about counselling
It's not rocket science, and yet it can be incredibly simple and complicated at the same time... I'll explain what I mean:
When it works well, your therapist is able to reflect such a depth of understanding of you, that you begin to see yourself in a way that makes more sense. Where you are able to "see the forest for the trees", to emerge from the obscuring clouds of confusion and begin to see things more clearly.
You may then experience a trust and rapport, that enables you to relax more, and begin to explore your inner self in a way you may never have experienced before. Feeling secure in the knowledge that your therapist is alongside you, offering you support and helping you begin to navigate these new experiences. This may then present you with the opportunity to begin to resolve long and short term difficulties and issues.
This of course does not mean that counselling is always about change, it may in some cases be about accepting, in a more peaceful way, some things that are beyond your power to change, or control.
So, although the above may seem relatively simple, I assure you that the complicated part is in finding a therapist that you are able to establish such an effective working relationship with.
I won't try and blind you with science or psychobable, I won't try and hide behind a false professional front, but I will try and sit with you as a fellow human being, who is just as imperfect, flawed and real as you are, and together we might achieve something that lasts for you.
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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Relationship issues
- Low self-esteem
- Poor relationship with self and others
- Health concerns
- M.E - C.F.S and Fybromyalgia
- Existential crisis (i.e. when clients lose meaning in their lives)
- Retirement issues
- Controlling behaviour
- Low mood
- Loss of motivation
- The affects of a narcissistic parent, partner or sibling
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
I offer a Free 30 minute consultation to discuss your needs and to see if we feel we can work together, or if therapy feels right for you.
£40 for a full hour
£55 for a 90 minute session
A more detailed list of fees can be found on my website:
My counselling practice is in Beverley and Bridlington, and is within easy reach of, Hull, Driffield, Hornsea, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Howden, Goole, Selby and York.
My counselling practice rooms are in Beverley and in Bridlington. My Beverley base is a seven minute walk from Beverley train station, and a fifteen minute walk from Beverley bus station. My Bridlington base is a few minutes walk or drive from Bridlington hospital. It is however worth mentioning that I have been increasingly working by online video calls, such as WhatsApp and Skype.
Free unrestricted parking is available.