Making the decision to reach out and admit that you need the help of someone else can be hard. Making the decision to attend counselling can be even harder. Partners, peers and family may not understand, you may feel like you've failed somehow, you may feel like you are not enough.
We also know that this is far from the truth. Taking the step to attend counselling is often the first step on a journey that allows us to confront our difficulties, face our fears, become more self-aware and ultimately take a path that can lead to a better life.
My name is Michael. Attending counselling, studying counselling and then becoming a counsellor is the best life decision I have ever made.
I am fully qualified MBACP Professional Therapeutic Counsellor specialising in Person Centred Therapy.
Person Centred Therapy is a talking therapy in which you are the focus. Obviously other people are discussed in our sessions but ultimately the sessions are about you, your feelings and emotions and the difficulties that you are facing.
Our sessions will give you the opportunity to be open and vulnerable in a safe space without being judged as we work through your issues together and ultimately work towards improving your quality of life and resolving these issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF)
BACP Membership number 00945082
As a counsellor I have dealt with issues relating to depression, loss, grief, anxiety, men's issues, divorce, infidelity, narcissistic behaviour, anger, sexuality, gender transitioning, body dysmorphia, self-harm, eating disorders, alcohol issues, drug issues, bullying, debt, peer group/friendship issues, workplace issues, relationship issues, family issues, confidence and stress.
In my practice I work as a person centered therapist - meaning that the focus of the sessions is on you, your feelings and your emotions.
The aim of our sessions will ultimately be for them to provide you with an opportunity to improve the quality of your life and work through your issues as they arise naturally in our sessions.
I believe that counselling is a very personal and confidential form of support and as your counsellor I offer you time to share your concerns, looking at alternative ways of coping. With support from myself, I will enable you to decide the most appropriate way for you to resolve your difficulties. I will listen to you without judging you or imposing my values and beliefs upon you. For me to give advice or to make decisions for you would be wrong. I can only help and encourage you to decide what is best for you.
Counselling can help you learn more about yourself and make sense of your thoughts, feelings and motivations, giving you a clearer perspective on life. It can also help you to explore your options and make decisions so that you are able to make positive changes. Counselling can help you resolve your issues and live a happier, more productive life.
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
Although my work is not limited to men by any means, I am currently finding that I am dealing with more and more male clients as men, in recent years, have acknowledged that reaching out for help and attending counselling is a positive step rather than a step to be embarrassed or ashamed of.
Mens mental health is an area I relate to, empathise with and hold strong experience of dealing with. I understand the difficulties men face in modern society and how the historical expectations placed upon men can be difficult to deal with in 2021.
The counselling I offer can help with this and help men live a happier, more productive and more fulfilling life.
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free 20-30 minute telephone consultation where we can discuss the difficulties you are facing in further detail and I will explain how I work and from there, if you decide you would like to work with with me we can book some sessions.
If you decide to work with me our sessions are £50.00 per hour.
Discount available for block bookings.
If you would like to contact me I welcome both telephone and e mail enquiries.
I am flexible in my working hours and I am happy to discuss times and dates that are suitable for you.