Michael Broadbent

Michael Broadbent

9a Mansfield Road
Chessington
Surrey
KT9 2PJ

The Bridge Therapy
92-94 Tooley Street
London Bridge
SE1 2TH

07795 469932

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9a Mansfield Road
Chessington
Surrey
KT9 2PJ

The Bridge Therapy
92-94 Tooley Street
London Bridge
SE1 2TH

07795 469932

About me

I work with LGBT people who are looking for help dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship problems, sexuality and gender identity. I offer short-term and open-ended counselling on a once weekly basis in Chessington and London Bridge.

As a psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist I believe that current life issues have their roots in what happened earlier in life. This often goes back to early childhood when our basic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving are laid down in neural patterns in our brains.

I also believe that it is the counsellor’s role to facilitate our natural self-healing processes. This means releasing the latent healing power of the mind to resolve issues.

Psychodynamic therapy is not generally about fixing a particular issue, although this can be a consequence. It covers the whole person – beliefs, attitudes, values, thought processes, emotions, and behaviours. Psychodynamic therapy is not for everyone as some have a specific issue that can be addressed by other modalities, and for some these resolve the whole life concerns as well. Different modalities suit different people, and at different stages in their lives.

In psychodynamic therapy sessions are held at the same time every week and last for fifty minutes each. During the sessions the client does most of the talking. The counsellor listens and works with the client to help him/her gain greater self-understanding, perhaps by making links between the present and the past working through some unresolved emotion from the past. The client and counsellor work in a partnership of discovery that may be, at different times, enjoyable, enlightening, empowering and also sometimes painful as we come to terms with what happened in the past.

The process is not just about looking backwards. It is also about searching for meaning and purpose to find greater enrichment from the future. Often this is about finding our authentic selves and gaining the courage to express that self rather than living within an outer personality that we have constructed in order to conform to society’s expectations.

If you think that psychodynamic therapy may be for you we would have an initial brief discussion on the phone and then set up an assessment session where we can look together in more detail about whether psychodynamics is the most suitable approach for you. It also gives you a chance to meet me and a taste of what the sessions will be like.

I work mainly psychodynamically but my work is informed by NLP and hypnotherapy.

I work at two locations. In Chessington, as part of the Surrey Centre for Natural Health and in London Bridge under the umbrella 'The Bridge Therapy' which comprises myself and a close colleague, Sally-Anne. In London we work from rooms in the Psychosynthesis Trust but we are not otherwise associated with that organisation.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapy (BACP Accredited) with Distinction

NLP/Hypnotherapy/Timeline Therapy Master Practitioner

Experience:

Private practice

Redhill Counselling Centre (low cost general counselling)

Sutton Counselling Centre (low cost general counselling)

The Albany Trust (LGBT, sexuality and relationships)

Samaritans

I also have several years experience in industry managing and helping people through change and providing training. I have a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and an MBA and I am a Chartered Engineer.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Therapies offered

Fees

Chessington - £45 per session and assessment.

London Bridge - £60 per session and assessment.

Maps & Directions

Chessington, KT9 2PJ
London Bridge, SE1 2TH

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Chessington: Evening appointments on Monday and Thursday. London Bridge: Daytime appointments from Monday 8-10am, Wednesday 2-4pm, Thursday 8-10am.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults