Michael Higgins MBACP
I work with people who are stuck and want to get moving again in some area of their lives.
They can be stuck for many reasons, but commonly this is anxiety, depression or life events, including the death of someone close, the loss of a job or illness, to name a few. Paradoxically life events that are seen as positive, such as conception, having a baby or getting a promotion can also lead to mixed feelings that may be difficult to voice with family or friends.
To address these challenges, I offer a space and time to explore what is bothering you, what the best thing to focus on right now is, and how we can work together to get things moving again.
I work integratively, which means that I have a toolkit of approaches that we choose from, guided by where the source of your problems lie.
For example, if you believe:-
- Your intrusive thoughts are disturbing to the extent that you find getting things done difficult, we may try out some experiments to help you manage your anxiety and make small steps to improve things.
- Your relationship problems relate to the way you were parented, we may spend time exploring your past to discover what historical patterns may shed some light on your current difficulties
- You have several parts of you that always seem to be arguing internally, we may run an experiment to make the conversations explicit so we can examine the internal conflict and negotiate a way forward.
I encourage feedback from you on what is working and when we should switch focus to work on something different.
Not every person clicks with every counsellor, so do get in contact for an initial chat to form an impression. Email or text (include your name) in the first instance and we’ll set up a time for a 20-minute chat at no cost and with no obligation.
You don’t have to decide at the end of the chat whether to book a session, in fact I’d encourage you to speak to a few therapists. If you decide to go ahead with me, we’ll have an initial assessment session, charged at the rates below, so you can experience what working with me is like.
If you decide to continue after this, you need to commit to an initial six sessions, and if for any reason you need to finish before this, that you agree to an ending session.
Training, qualifications & experience
PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) from the University of East London
PGDip in Career Management and Counselling from Birkbeck College
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £70 for a 50 minute session.
Payment schedule. Once you commit to counselling I take a double amount on the second session and this pays for the final session:-
Initial session £70
2nd session £140
3rd – penultimate session £70
Final session £0
You can pay by cash or card at the end of each session.
I work out of a room in my home, close to the end of Tower Bridge Road, which easily accessible by public transport - SE1 4HG if you want to check travel.
I also work as a Career Coach. I don't offer one off sessions of counselling, but do offer single coaching sessions. See my website for further details.