Michael Mulkerrin - BACP Accredited & Registered Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Nothing I say here will answer the most important question -
"Can we develop a rapport and work together?"
The best way to find out is to meet up for a chat where you can decide whether working with me will be helpful to you. Do you feel comfortable and safe? Do you experience empathy from me? Do you feel valued? Do you get that mysterious tingle of excitement in your stomach that suggests you may have made the first step towards something new in your life? These are all good signs...
Have a look at my website, check out some of the other therapists listed here, mull it over -
and if you would like to meet up, drop me a line or give me a call.
Good luck with your search
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a barman, labourer, bookie, actor, waiter, painter and decorator, gardener, acrobat, journalist, stable-hand, juggler, panel fence maker, blacksmith, etc…
Then, 20 years ago, I decided to get a grip and do something useful with my life. Coincidentally, at the same time I realised that my experience of life could be different, I could have some say in it, I could change, I could be happier, more fulfilled, more engaged and alive to the world - and if that was true for me, it was probably true for others and so I began my therapeutic work with people.
I initially trained with the forensic psychology department of HMP Brixton, facilitating CBT based rehabilitation courses in several London prisons. I then followed training opportunities to work with the homeless at St Mungo's, addicts at Addaction and drinkers at Action For Change. After studying for my Counselling Diploma at the Wealden Institute and Bexhill College I secured a job with the NHS working in the mental health team offering a counselling service in GP surgeries in Hastings. In 2017 I was awarded a Diploma in Trauma Therapy by the Wealden Psychological Institute.
In my twenties and thirties I was attached to the West London Buddhist centre and while I no longer refer to myself as a Buddhist I continue to pursue many of the central themes of Buddhism. Two in particular have become very prominent in the world of psychotherapy: Compassion and Mindfulness. Having recently studied under Professor Paul Gilbert who has developed a radical model of psychotherapy called Compassion Focused Therapy, I now include ideas and exercises from this in my practice. I am sure that you have heard about Mindfulness as it is somewhat fashionable at the moment - do not let that put you off, it can be very effective and I am delighted to offer this as part of the work we can do together.
Personally, it is heartwarming and life-affirming that Mindfulness and Compassion which have been an important and often elusive part of my life for thirty years have found their way into my chosen profession.
As part of my role in the NHS I trained with the Metanoia Institute in specialist Counselling for Depression (CfD). I have also enhanced the help I can offer with trauma by qualifying as a therapist in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). For further information on EMDR see:
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
My fees are £55 for one to one work. £75 for couples. I offer a reduced fee of £35 for student counsellors.
I also offer a discount of 10% for 10 sessions paid for in advance.
My consulting room is a calm, quiet and discreet room in my garden on the edge of the Country Park, a few minutes from Hastings Old Town.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments at times to suit you - including evenings and weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|