Michael Aspden MBACP (Snr.Accred.).
As a psychotherapist/counsellor and couple therapist, my aim is to make a positive difference to your life in resolving current and/or past difficulties. Our work 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 mens' issues - which I would see as not only useful for male clients in terms of their understanding of male psychology and behaviour, but also helpful for other clients in understanding and working with gender-related differences (particularly in relationships).
I work out of central Windsor and see individuals and couples for both short-term and open-ended therapy. As a client, you have the benefit of the fact that I've been working as a therapist with a range of different psychological issues for over 20 years (and see 'Areas of counselling' below). Short-term therapy may address current concerns, such as depression, anxiety/stress, low self-esteem, bereavement, family issues, relationship difficulties (eg. trust issues following an affair/betrayal, conflict and emotional communication). The aim of our work together would then be to raise mood, manage anxiety/stress, increase self-confidence, facilitate grieving and improve understanding of family and relationship dynamics. Alternatively, open-ended therapy could be helpful in understanding and moving on from longer standing issues - and developing a truer and more authentic sense of self and self-worth.
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.
I will reply to emails - but would usually suggest you 'phone me in the first instance, so that you can tell me more about what you are looking to work on and check practicalities such as possible appointment times.This can then be followed by an initial appointment, which can be face-to-face or by tele-counselling/video-counselling.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individual appointments £45. Couple appointments £60. Clinical supervision fees (individuals) £50 per session.
For further information, or to discuss an initial appointment, please contact me by telephone or email.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday daytime and evening appointments (subject to availability).
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|