Michael Golding MA MBACP
I believe that we each have within us all of the resources that we need to flourish. However, for many of us our experiences through childhood and beyond have created barriers which have stifled these natural abilities. For some of us learned or adapted behaviours that were needed for survival no longer serve us well. For others, flawed interactions with those around us prevented us from fully developing our own abilities to think, feel or act in the present.
This can lead us to feel anxious or uncertain in ways that can be crippling, while others are left with feelings of anger or sadness that can be overwhelming. Such emotions can have a continuously negative impact on our personal and professional relationships, severely limiting the possibility of gaining any satisfaction in either arena. We all find ways to cope but in time these too can become one more layer on the barrier that prevents us from fully engaging with life in the way that we wish.
I can help you unravel your past experiences to reduce their power to overwhelm. I can support you as you explore your present experiences and discover more satisfactory ways of engaging with your world and the people in it.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having completed a Diploma in Counselling in 1993 I followed this up with an MA in Counselling Studies in 2002. Since then I have added a range of skills training in both Group Work and Person Centred Couples Work and continue to develop my knowledge and understanding through short courses and workshops.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and comply fully with their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
In addition to my role as a Counsellor, I am also an Executive Coach. I have an Advanced Diploma in Professional Coaching and I am a Member of the Association for Coaching (AC).
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
Fees for Counselling begin at £40 per hour for Individuals and £50 per hour for Couples.
Fees for Intensive Specialist Counselling and Executive Coaching Programmes are by negotiation.
Appointments are available on weekdays and weekends, both daytime and evenings. I am also able to offer safe and secure online support over Zoom.
It is my belief that an experienced counsellor can work with a very wide range of issues. However, there are occasions when clients feel that they will be better able to make a connection with a counsellor who has had some direct experience of the issues that are concerning them. For this reason I offer specialist services to people who have been affected by the experiences described below.
- Boarding School Survivors
- Military Personnel and their Families
- Clinical Professionals
I am able to offer a customised programme for anyone wishing to explore their experiences of these particular situations and how they might be continuing to impact upon their lives or the lives of a loved one. These range from one-off intensive sessions to weekly or monthly meetings. Please contact me for more information and to discuss what might work best for you.