Michael McDonough

Michael McDonough

About me

I am a BACP Accredited counsellor working in Tottenham, Haringey. I am experienced in helping clients deal with anxiety and depression, relationship problems, low self-esteem, shame, bereavement and LGBT+ issues, among others. I work with individuals.

During the coronavirus crisis, I am working with clients online or by phone. Concessionary rates are available for people affected financially by the crisis.

Whatever difficulties you are experiencing in your life right now, I am willing to explore them with you in a safe and confidential setting. I have a very good track record of helping clients to manage their depression, anxiety or other difficult feelings, to accept themselves better and to enhance their emotional well-being.

I have worked as a counsellor for a charity that supports adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I have also worked as a counsellor in the NHS, for a bereavement service in Camden and for a mental health charity in Hackney.

I feel very fortunate to work in London with its diverse population and have a respectful, empathic and accepting attitude towards my clients whatever their background and life-history.

I follow an integrative approach, which means that I make use of the teachings of the psychodynamic, person-centred and transpersonal traditions within counselling. In practice this means that I believe in the central importance of establishing a working relationship in which my clients feel safe and understood. I am also interested in exploring the influence of childhood and other past experiences on a client's current difficulties and in working with the unconscious.

As well as being a qualified counsellor, I am doing an advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I am interested in a wide range of psychoanalytic thinking, including those approaches that are critical of classical Freudian or Kleinian psychoanalysis and of the discipline’s history of oppressing sexual minorities and of misogyny.

Private Healthcare Insurance

I am registered as a counselling provider with Bupa, Aetna Global Benefits, Aviva and Vitality Health, which means that they will cover all or part of the cost of your sessions with me, depending on your health insurance policy.

Practical information

I am a BACP Accredited counsellor and follow their Ethical Framework.

I speak native-level French and am happy to work with clients in French.

I see clients at my home practice near Seven Sisters tube/rail station.

If you decide that you would like us to work together, we would meet at the same time and place every week for the duration of your therapy. I work with clients on a short-term or longer-term basis, according to their requirements. A counselling session lasts 50 minutes.
Please email me at mikemcdonoughtherapy@gmail.com to discuss your needs and ask me any questions about my service.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in therapeutic counselling, Mary Ward Centre

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


I charge £55 for an initial consultation and £55 per counselling session. Some concessions are available, please ask for details.

Maps & Directions

London, N17

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: French (bilingual)


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Weekdays and evenings, please contact me to enquire about available time slots

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme