Michael McDonough

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London, N17
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist 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 and couples.

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 therapist for a charity that supports adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I have also worked as a therapist 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.

Despite our best intentions, we often struggle to live our lives in a way that makes us content. While taking into account the reality of external factors (e.g. societal prejudice, economic disadvantage), my approach enables people to see how they may be working against themselves. It also seeks to uncover the deeper meaning of these self-defeating patterns of behaviour, which have often grown out of early life experiences.

As a result of this work, a person has a greater sense of freedom when it comes to the choices they make in life, rather than feeling caught up in something beyond their control. The psychoanalytic approach usually requires long-term therapy because it takes time to bring our self-limiting thoughts and behaviours and what motivates them into awareness.

Private Healthcare Insurance

I am registered as a therapy provider with Bupa, Axa, 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 registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and follow their Ethical Framework.

I speak fluent 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

Qualification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Guild of Psychotherapists

Member of the Guild of Psychotherapists

Diploma in therapeutic counselling, Mary Ward Centre

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy


£65.00 - £80.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • BUPA
  • Vitality
  • Axa Health

Additional information

I charge £65 per session for individuals, £80 per session for couples. Some concessions are available, please ask for details.

When I work

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

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

French (bilingual)

Michael McDonough
Michael McDonough