Michael Flinn, Counselling Diploma ( post grad) MBACP
Hi, I've been a counsellor for 20 years. I was trained by Couple Counselling Scotland, and Relate. I have a wide range of therapeutic skills, which enable me to work with most issues , and most clients providing a confidential and non judgemental approach, specific to each client.
I worked for 10 years with Couple Counselling Tayside, and 8years with Relate Shropshire, Hereford and North Staffs, until they went out of business. I have also lectured in Counselling Diploma courses, and delivered training in basic counselling skills and living with teenagers.
In my private practice in Shrewsbury, I work with adults, couples, young people, and families. I also work in a number of primary and secondary schools on a weekly basis. Basically, I help and support my clients to see their issues, and what causes them, unstick themselves and find a way to change and move forward.
I also work with couples and families going through separation and divorce, and deliver a course for solicitors clients going through divorce. This is designed to help them minimise the impact on any children involved.
My main areas of work, helping young people, couples, and adults deal with stress, depression,low self esteem, self harm, suicide, family breakdown, gender identity, safeguarding, relationship issues and relationship breakdown.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained initially as a Cruse bereavement counsellor Scotland in 1996.
In 1998 I trained as an adult and couple counsellor with Couple Counselling Scotland (now Relationships Scotland - Relate equivalent).
I gained an Advanced Certificate in Couple Counselling from the University of Edinburgh and Couple Counselling Scotland, which is at level 7 (post Grad).
In 2001 I took a Relate Young persons counselling course (10yo upwards) and enhanced this in 2011 with a further Relate young persons course to enable me to work with young people as young as 5.
In 2008 I passed another level 7 course in Systemic practice which bridged me to a counselling diploma awarded by Institute of Systemic Therapy( INSYT), Northumbria University and Couple Counselling Scotland. This enabled me to work with families.
I also worked for 18 months at the Hamar centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, counselling cancer patients and their families.
I have delivered training as a tutor on counselling Diploma courses, and as a Relate trainer delivering courses on self esteem (how to identify your behaviours and change them), and one on living with teenagers, ( looking at the issues and ways forward)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
£25 per half hour ( young people)
£35 per 45 minutes ( young people)
£45 per hour adults and older teenagers
£50 per hour family work with adults.
I am a member of Resolution, a UK wide group of family lawyers, who aim to mediate and negotiate divorce settlements amicably.
I work with a colleague in a company called Eleda, delivering training and counselling to couples and their children going through divorce.
The aim is to help them to realise their issues, unstick and support and enable them to move towards a separation which keeps stress and anger (and costs) to a minumum, and aims to enable good and reasonable communication between the adults, and between them and their children.
For 6 years I was also a member of the Childrens Panel for Scotland, helping children and parents cope with their issues.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Most evenings, and some times during the working day. I'm happy to see what I can do to fit in with your availability.
Types of client