Michael Appleton DipPsych, BACP Accred, DipCBT, BABCP Accred (psychotherapist)
Having worked within multidisciplinary NHS recovery teams I have a particular interest in anxiety and therapy-resistant depression. I offer cognitive-behavioural as well as depth psychotherapy for trauma, depressive, relationship and self-esteem issues and offer intensive arcs of six to ten sessions as well as a more open-ended, developmental approach where sought. I have professional clinical experience with complex-PTSD, personality disorder and eating disorders.
Some clients want help fast and I offer high intensity work when needed; others want to work in depth. Mostly clients I work with want help with relationships, fear, stress or despair - the themes that persistently recur in their lives; the things some secretly think of as their fate but which need not be. I help clients identify both desired outcomes and the obstacles that stand in their way, that inhibit them from acting with freedom - from engaging with their goals, their careers, their lives.
I offer relationship work and find that relationships are first influenced by our relationship with ourselves. How we feel about ourselves somehow invariably finds its way into our private lives or working environments, which is why relationship issues can be dealt with in individual as well as couples therapy. Self-attacking tendencies/self-punishing behaviours and self-criticism all affect self-esteem, and can trigger depression and even panic. People judge themselves harshly for all kinds of situations they have not caused, creating acute psychic distress.
I have a particular interest in suffering caused by depression and how it is maintained by fear and self-hostility, knocking confidence and resilience. In anxiety disorders and how negative thinking patterns are maintained by acute threat responses. And I have a special interest in PTSD/developmental trauma which can be the result of specific events or an accumulation of things that have simply ground us down over the years. Yet depression, illness and trauma can prove a transitional, even decisive opportunity in people’s lives. Helping restore a sense of control back to the individual is a major objective - the belief we can take back a measure of influence over our own fate - reclaiming our lives is a powerful recovery indicator.
Not all psychotherapy is about pain and heartbreak, it is also about change. It can be a means of expanding self-knowledge. It can prove an opportunity for bringing together the fractured, wounded or disowned parts of ourselves - often the most valuable parts to assist integration and growth. I have NHS experience as a group therapist, in working with children and adolescents, facilitating couples and family work and as a supervisor.
Cross-section of clients:
Michael gave me back my life after a period of prolonged illness and a difficult surgery. He helped me to unravel the threads of my life, make sense of what was happening and put myself back together again with renewed energy, clarity and confidence. The process was challenging, inspiring and nothing short of life-changing. I would recommend Michael wholeheartedly as a skilful and intuitive psychotherapist as well as a thoughtful, committed and humane individual. Amanda C, London
After a recent trip to my GP I was advised to try CBT as a way of helping to cope with some long-term mental health issues. I started weekly therapy with Michael Appleton to address my difficult mental state. I wanted to address some hard issues. He showed a genuine willingness to understand and explain my problems which I hadn't experienced in previous counselling. I benefited and my symptoms started to change. My sleep changed for the first time. I believe he has a lot to offer those in need. Danny M, North London
I first saw Michael after a traumatic experience following the birth of my second child. Having struggled with anxiety for the best part of a decade, this heightened my fear making it impossible to bond with my new baby. Michael taught me how to control my anxiety; something previous counsellors had not been able to do. He was my lifeline during this time, without his guidance I don’t believe I could have navigated this period. In the end it gave me a future with my daughter. Working with Michael was both challenging and exhilarating. Our sessions have been the best conversations I have had about myself leaving me with the clarity and courage to start to seek out the life I wanted. Anita B, London
- Self harm
- Bereavement and loss
- Hearing voices/critical self-dialogue
- Eating disorders
- Panic states
- Mood dysregulation/personality disorder
Training, qualifications & experience
My training reflects an interest in correlating intensive therapy with the reduction of human suffering and encouraging post-traumatic growth. I have an interest in transitional work which can incorporate dreams, archetypes and the unconscious.
Qualifications and training
Training organisations include Royal Holloway, University of London/CNWL (CBT), the UK College for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (REBT), Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (UKCP affiliated training), Applied Metapsychology International (AMI), Neurolinguistic psychology (ABNLP) and conflict resolution (The Mediation Alliance). I have attended training with the New York Center for Jungian Studies, Hearing Voices (MIND), VOYPIC for working with young people and intensive NHS DBT training (dialectical behaviour therapy) for personality disorders and complex trauma. I have presented trainings in trauma/PTSD/C-PTSD.
- Dip Psych (BL Inst. Contemp Psychotherapy)
- Dip CBT (Merit)
- BACP Accred
- DBT therapist/DBT group therapist
- BABCP Accred
- Cert Med
- Master prac. neurolinguistic psychotherapy
- Cert TIR (Trauma Incident Reduction)
Affiliation and Memberships
Accredited CBT therapist (BABCP)
Accredited psychotherapist (BACP)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
I offer reduced-fee assessments where requested.
Areas of special interest: Relationships, families, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, trauma, hearing voices, panic, bullying, divorce/separation, self harm, suicidal feelings.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client