Michael Houser

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MBACP (Accred)
Available for new clients
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Bideford, Devon, EX39
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Accredited counsellor for 20 years, 23 years as a Nurse Therapist and Mental Health Nurse in the NHS.

LIFE CAN BE A STRUGGLE! Talking in therapy can help us understand and let go of this 'stuff' that life gives us and which we carry around.  In this process of talking through we find new ways of thinking and living.  

As many people’s problems are founded in relationships with others, and with oneself, so the process of healing comes through relationships, therefore collaboration and connection would be central to how we would work together.

I will try to understand you and your struggles with deep listening and a mindfulness of the present moment of what is happening for you and what is happening within me, offering an enriching conversation that will hopefully cast a light on your underlying disquiet. The conversation may focus on your current life or on linking the past and present; you will be in control of what you talk about.

I maybe able to offer research based psycho-education if it would help you gain clarity of what is happening to you and, if need be, I could offer practical suggestions for skills to help with specific problems such as coping with intense emotions or unhelpful thinking. You are the focus in our relationship so I aim to adapt how I work to what is most useful for you and your needs

Training, qualifications & experience

For over twenty years I worked as a psychological therapist in NHS mental health services helping people with complex and varied emotional and mental difficulties. I trained as a mental health nurse and as an integrative counsellor. Over the years I have had training in, and used many different therapeutic approaches including: Humanistic therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioural, and Compassion Focussed Therapy. Whilst in the NHS I taught courses in mindfulness for mental health. I am an Accredited Member of The BACP. I have been practising meditation for thirty years and a compassionate mindfulness is core to my therapy practice. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I can offer reduced rates for those on lower incomes.

Face to Face sessions in a clinic room are available via https://www.bidefordtherapies.com at a cost of £60 per hour

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer 1 hour sessions and currently have availability from 8am, through the day until my final session starting at 7pm.

Further information

As an initial step, please contact me via phone or e-mail for a no-fee brief conversation and if that feels okay then we have an initial one hour paid session to discuss more fully your needs, your difficulties and how I work.  It's important that you link with the right therapist working in the best way for you and so we need to spend time helping you find a clear direction whether that is working with me or not. If we feel it's right to work together then I'll talk through the business side of things so, you know exactly what is on offer. 

Bideford, Devon, EX39

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Online platforms

Michael Houser
Michael Houser