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About me

If you're reading this, then you're most likely struggling right now.

You might be feeling anxious, depressed or low. You may be angry, sad or stressed by a certain situation or event in your life.

Maybe you've lost direction and meaning, and feel stuck as a result. Or lost someone important to you, either through a bereavement or relationship breakdown. Or you may be suffering from another kind of loss.

Feelings of despair, fear or hurt can be overwhelming. But...you've started the process of addressing these issues by looking for a counsellor. You've taken the first step.

How counselling can help

Together, in a collaborative effort, we can look at what is bothering you and attempt to find a way through. I will help you explore your feelings so that you might better manage your struggle.

Counselling has the best chance of working when the therapeutic relationship works - as such, I will spend real time, commitment and effort developing our relationship.

I offer a warm, gentle, patient and caring manner, through which a safe and secure environment is established. This is vital as you need to know you are in trustworthy and supportive hands.

My therapy room, based in Bath, is safe, confidential, quiet and inviting. There is access to parking nearby. I am also available via Zoom and telephone.

I usually work by offering an initial six sessions, which can be extended with regular reviews, although the number of sessions is flexible and dependent upon your needs.

My approach blends person-centred counselling skills with an existential worldview; in short, I offer an empathic, non-judgemental space where you will be respected and made comfortable as we explore your world and what is troubling you.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as my private practice, I currently work for a charity offering support to adults, children and young people.

I have previously worked as a school counsellor at a secondary school, as well as at a hospice providing care for terminally ill people and their families, with bereavement a strong focus. I also worked at a charity, counselling clients aged 12-25, for three years.

I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by its code of ethics, the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

I have a BA (Hons) Counselling degree, having trained for four years. My qualifications are:

  • BA (Hons) Counselling
  • NCFE Level 3 Award In Counselling Skills & Theory
  • NCFE Level 2 Award In Helping Skills
  • NCFE Level 1 Award In Interpersonal Skills

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a free 20-minute telephone consultation, in which you can discuss your reasons for seeking counselling and what you hope to get out of it. You can ask any questions you need to before deciding whether you feel you could work with me.

What to expect in your first session

If you decide to proceed, during our first assessment session I would find out more about your background and current situation. We would also go through certain administrative issues such as times/dates of sessions, payment details/cancellation policy, how your private details are stored in line with data protection laws and other matters including the importance of confidentiality.

Therapeutic sessions are 50 minutes in length and I generally work to this format. However, if you require longer sessions, these can be offered at an increased fee.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I have a number of weekday appointment times, both during the day and evening. Please contact me via telephone or email for further details.

Further information

Location

I am sorry to say I have no wheelchair access - but I do offer online/telephone counselling as an alternative.

Bath
Somerset
BA1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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 do not currently have wheelchair access but am happy to provide online/telephone counselling as an alternative.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Michael Darvill - BA (Hons), Reg. MBACP

Michael Darvill - BA (Hons), Reg. MBACP