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)
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£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.