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Michael Armstrong - Adv.Prof.Dip. in Psch'y, MNCS, MBA and Qualified Supervisor

Edinburgh EH12 & Selkirk TD5
01968 661474 01968 661474 07584 634060 07584 634060 Registered / Accredited

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About me

As an integrative counsellor I can reflect individual needs by adapting therapy to the appropriate model be it person centred, psychodynamic or behavioural. I also practice Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) therapy, an exciting, innovative model that works by connecting body and brain alongside boosting internal resources to help the client move forward.

I also offer clinical supervision to counsellors who work in the Scottish Borders or Edinburgh areas, the model of counselling they use is not an issue and I can adapt my style of supervision to suit all levels of experience.

If you contact me I can promise that I will:-

1. Attempt to contact you by email or phone within two days
2. Conduct a free 20 minute phone consultation within five days
3. Be able to empathise with your situation and offer responses that will foster confidence and start to establish a trusting relationship
4. Arrange a first appointment to take place within seven days if that's suitable for you

Beginning - first session

Anxiety often affects people attending a first session, this is understandable, especially if it's the first time you've attended counselling. My aim is to use a calm non-judgmental approach to create a safe space to help you feel comfortable and able to share your issues.

The first session will be an opportunity to:-

1. Get to know each other
2. Establish a trusting relationship for you to be able to talk openly to me
3. Explore what your aims are and how we can work together to meet them

Counselling is usually weekly and sessions are 50 to 60 minutes long. The amount of weeks required can vary depending on your needs, we can agree an estimated number but this is flexible and can be shortened or extended if required.

Middle - this part of the counselling journey is where the therapeutic treatment becomes part of your life. The differences that counselling makes will be gradual yet sustainable, with an end date in mind it is often surprising how much a person can benefit from a short (or longer) programme.

1.This work can concentrate on the crux of the issues and I use experience and skills to adopt appropriate models to help you to bring about change.
2. With many years involvement in training and development I can draw on directive support for work and personal problems through coaching and mentoring.
3. I will support you in moving on to a better place in a holistic, confidential and non-judgmental manner.

Ending - Bringing our professional and therapeutic relationship to an end is an important aspect of counselling. I am conscious that clients come to rely on the weekly engagement in therapy so stopping that can be a challenge. However, depending on the length of therapy, I always take a flexible approach in balancing your new capabilities and confidence with an appropriate closure.

I work in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh, a simple email, text or phone call may help you to start to change your life!

Training, qualifications & experience

My History

1. I came to be a therapist via a different route than most people in that I had a very successful career in prisons where I graduated from being a prison officer to attain senior management roles.
2. Alongside this career I worked as a volunteer support worker for victims of crime and counsellor. I have worked in all areas including employee assistance programmes, supporting survivors of sexual crime and other post traumatic stress areas.
3. I worked tirelessly in prisons to support staff after incidents, work related stress and to raise awareness and support for prisoners who were also survivors of abuse. I also trained managers in leadership skills, business planning, appraisals and effective communications skills.
4. I was heavily involved in training and development in all of the roles I performed.     

5. I currently teach student counsellors to the level of Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

I feel that my career, training and experience as a counsellor gives me a lot of skills to help people in many areas ranging from relationship problems, to bereavement, to complex trauma, workplace stress etc.

My qualifications are:-

Advanced Assessment and Treatment Strategies for People with Insomnia

Essential (Clinical) Supervision Skills Level Two

Essential (Clinical) Supervision Skills Level One

Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Certificate in Counselling

Certificate in Comprehensive Resource Model

I am also a qualified 'Critical Incident Responder'

Accredited Member of National Counselling Society

I also have a Master's Degree in Business Administration, a Diploma in Management Studies and a Certificate in Management Studies.

I regularly undertake continuous professional development to ensure that I maintain a wide range of counselling, coaching and mentoring skills.

My next course is:- TBA

Recent courses attended are:

Advanced Assessment and Treatment Strategies for People
with Insomnia - November 2019

Foundation in Sleep Assessment and Management - November 2019

Essential Supervision Skills (online course)- September 26th 2018

Essential Supervision Skills - July 2018

GDPR - the new data protection act - May 2018

Safe Talk Training - Suicide Intervention - May 2018

Intrusive Thoughts - May 2018

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Financial stress, cumulative stress issues, work/life balance and stress management skills. I am also a critical incident responder and can facilitate individual and group sessions for post incident workshops, prices for this can be negotiated.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


I charge £45 an hour.  Couples would be £60 an hour, families, groups and organisations would be negotiable depending on the type and length of work required, distance involved and the amount of people involved.

Further information

I offer clinical supervision to counsellors who work in the Scottish Borders or Edinburgh areas, the model of counselling they use is not an issue and I can adapt my style of supervision to suit all levels of experience. I charge £45 an hour for supervision.

Bridgend Clinic
2 Bridgend
Yarrow Terrace
Scottish Borders

10 Palmerston Place
EH12 5AA

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

I can arrange suitable mobility facilities as and when required.


I am flexible with my availability, do work evenings and weekends and usually come to a mutually satisfactory arrangement with all of my new clients.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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