Michael Chamberlain MBACP, BSc (Hons)
Are you feeling stuck in life, unable to move forward? Do you want greater peace of mind and better mental health?
I can help.
As an experienced humanistic counsellor, I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where you can explore any difficulties you have. Options for working face to face, online and by telephone are available as suits your needs best (face to face currently suspended due to covid 19)
I accept you’re the expert on you and that’s great! We’ll build a relationship that will help you feel free to share what you like without fear of judgement or rejection. Together we’ll create a way of working that’s as unique as you are (some of my clients have chosen to use imagery or music in the sessions) and I’ll do all I can to understand the things that matter to you.
I can help you with a range of issues including anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties. And I’m diverse-relationships friendly. Over the years I’ve seen many clients from the LGBT+ community and have worked with the families and carers of substance users.
But I’ve also had counselling myself, so I know it can be scary taking the plunge. Will he like me and accept me? What will he expect from me? Is he able to work with me?
Only you can decide. But if you do get in touch, I’ll make every effort to help you feel comfortable. And I’ll work with you to answer your questions and worries. You can get to know me better and make the right decision for you, with no pressure to continue.
If you would like to find out more about working together, I invite you to get in touch and arrange a free twenty-minute phone call. This will help you decide to get a feel for what I am like to work with and for me to be sure I can offer the support you need in addressing your concerns.
Regardless of if you choose to get in touch, I hope you find what you need,
Training, qualifications & experience
My relevant qualifications are;
- Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from Chichester University
- BSc Hons Degree in Person-Centred Counselling
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor)
- Trauma and the Body: Dissociation and Somitasation (Carolyn Springs)
- Dealing with Distress: Working with suicide and Self-Harm (Carolyn Spring)
- Working with Shame (Carolyn Springs)
- Concerned Relatives Affected by Drug and/or Alcohol Use Counselling Training Course (Cranstoun)
- NCFE levels 1,2 and 3 in interpersonal skills, helping skills and counselling skills and theory respectively from City College Brighton and Hove, and Certificate of Proficiency from BACP
- Depression: A Compassionate View - CPD certificate from University of Derby
- Understanding Autism, Asperger's and ADHD - CPD certificate from University of Derby
My initial years during my training I worked with a charity that provided support to those whose lives had been impacted by those close to them who had substance use habits, drugs or alcohol. Since completing my training I have worked in private practice support clients who self-refer to me or a referred by others. I work within a college through a referral through one agency so have experience working young people studying. A lot of my private work is helping people to find a sense of self and control again as well as helping people to take as much care of themselves as they try to everyone else.
I also hold a current DBS check
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
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
Impact of living with someone else's substance use and addiction.
Divorce and separation, impact on families.
LGBTQI, Polyamorous, BDSM and kink friendly.
Free initial phone consultation.
50-minute sessions charged at £45.
Reduced rates available for trainee counsellors and low income households.