Dr Michael Larcombe
I enjoy providing psychological talking therapies to adults, couples, parents, young people and children, and families for help with relationship, mental health problems and emotional difficulties.
Throughout my career I have specialised in providing therapy and diagnostic assessments for autistic spectrum disorders including Asperger syndrome.
I also have an interest and experience in adult and child mental health: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, trauma, past sexual abuse, bipolar disorder, EUPD, dissociative disorders and psychosis.
I love providing couple and parent work when my focus is on the relationship and family.
I am interested in psycho-sexuality and am comfortable and welcome those who wish to talk about their sexual thoughts, preferences and desires whatever they are.
I follow the standard confidentiality guidelines and take action if I become concerned about serious harm happening to you or another.
I write regularly for the Canadian based on-line magazine, The Mindful Word, about psychology, mindfulness and spirituality.
Therapy should be helpful and make a meaningful difference so I will always hold in mind what is best for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My approach is informed by a range of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Person-Centred Therapy and Couple Therapy.
I an registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years experience of providing assessment and psychological therapies.
I work in private practice and for the NHS where I work for a psychological therapies team within a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). I have previously worked for children’s services within the NHS where I often specialised in providing diagnostic assessments for autism and Asperger syndrome in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), a Child Development Centre and a Neuro-Developmental Service.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee for psychological therapy is £120 per session/hour.
I specialise in assessing complex and difficult to diagnose cases for a possible autistic spectrum disorder. My flat fee for this is £3,000.
For other diagnostic/assessment work which involve writing reports my fee is £150 per hour.
For one off consultations my fee is £150.
I sometimes reduce my rates for those that can't afford them.
Concessions offered for
I have spent many years working on and exploring my own psychological/spiritual development. The personal insights I have gained combined with my professional training and experience has provided me with a particular perspective from which to understand human psychology.