Michael Aspden MBACP (Snr.Accred.).
Do you feel like past events are affecting how you cope with life? Does it seem that lack of self-confidence/other concerns hold you back? Are you trying to find peace of mind by managing anxiety/low mood/anger? Are you experiencing loss? Are you struggling with difficulties in a relationship? Would it be helpful to work on issues around identity or emotional intelligence? My aim is to make a positive difference to your life in these (and other) areas. Our work together will involve exploring how thoughts, emotions, behaviours and relationship dynamics can interact - and the possible influence of past experiences/relationships and core beliefs. My role is to work with you to identify possible helpful shifts in thinking, behaviour and communication - and to support you in the process of making changes.
I’ve a particular interest in (and experience of) working with mens’ issues. I see this as useful for male clients in terms of further understanding male psychology/behaviour - and helpful for other clients in understanding/managing gender-related differences (eg. in relationships). Historically, men may have found more difficulty in accessing therapy – they may have been raised with emotion suppressing dictum, such as 'boys don't cry'. Although this may initially help with building resilience, such defensive mechanisms can start to break down - the individual becoming overwhelmed and confused.
I've been working with a range of different psychological issues for over 20 years (and see 'Areas of counselling' below). I see individuals for both brief and longer-term therapy. Short-term therapy may address current concerns. Alternatively, open-ended therapy could be helpful in emotionally processing longer standing issues - and developing a more authentic sense of self.
In both short and longer term work, techniques from a number of theoretical approaches such as psychodynamic and CBT may be used. I work collaboratively, adapting my approach to the needs and objectives of each person - and there will be an emphasis on your strengths and resources in dealing with real-life issues.
Appointments are presently by online video/’phone. If you’d like to discuss further, I suggest you 'phone me in the first instance, so that you can tell me more about what you’re looking to work on - and check practicalities such as possible appointment times.
Training, qualifications & experience
I initially qualified as a Psychodynamic Counsellor and then went on to qualify as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. I have also undertaken post-qualifying trainings in couple therapy, CBT, EMDR, Clinical Supervision, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Mindfulness. I have worked in a range of settings including GP's practice, counselling agencies, EAP providers and private practice.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individual appointments £45. Clinical supervision fees (individuals) £50 per session.
For further information, or to discuss an initial appointment, please contact me by 'phone (or email).
Weekday daytime and evening appointments (subject to availability).