Michael Pearce MBE, BSc MBACP (Accred) Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Hi I am Mick, and I am a fully qualified BACP Accredited Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist. What does that mean, well I work with a range of therapy models applying what fits best for my client.
I have studied, trained and practiced in a diverse mix of therapies over the past 9 years, qualifying at different stages along the way, and I am currently studying for a MA in Trauma at the University of Nottingham.
Upon completing 24 years’ service in the Armed Forces, I embarked on a 3-year degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The knowledge, skills and wisdom that I have gained whilst traveling the world protecting people from the emotional tortures of war, accompanied with my academic understanding of the human mind has placed me in a unique position as a therapist. I am able to understand and walk with my client whilst they travel on their own journey in search of fulfillment. I see myself as a congruent therapist who does not judge or condemn the client for what they may bring to therapy. Showing unconditional positive regard with effective communication skills, I am able to hear what the client is communicating, in both their words and within their phenomenological presence. My holistic approach to therapy allows me to adapt to an ever-changing society and environment.
Why do people choose to come to Counselling?
Sometimes life throws things at us that perhaps we need a little help with. We can also hold repressed and un-dealt with events and traumas from the past in our minds that lay stagnant and hold us back. People that seek counselling may not always be aware of what is wrong, it may just be that something doesn’t feel right and they need a safe place in which to explore and unravel their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Likewise, people may know exactly what it is that is upsetting them but need to speak to someone who will not judge them but support them whilst they speak about their concerns, worries or problems. Know that it will be in the strictest of confidence in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
Some problems lay in the past and others are very much in the present and therefore a wide-ranging mix of therapeutic methods will be used. Initially the client and therapist will work together by starting the first session(s) in the present, followed by exploring the past and then working towards a positive future. All sessions will be up-held in the strictest of confidence and provide the three main core conditions of empathy, honesty and unconditional Positive Regard establishing a therapeutic relationship between both the client and the therapist. All sessions will work within the boundaries of the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy Code of Ethics.
Who can benefit from Counselling/Psychotherapy?
Anybody can benefit from having a safe space in which to explore their thoughts and feelings. My Counselling cover a range of problems and issues such as:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Confidence building
- Low Self Esteem
- Relationship/Sexual issues
- Family/work problems
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Addictive behaviours
- Grief/Bereavement or loss of any kind: family member, friend, friendship, job, lifestyle etc.
- Abuse: Emotional/Sexual/Physical etc.
- Self Harm
- Coping Mechanisms
The above list is by no means exhaustive and all presenting issues can be discussed individually and privately at an initial consultation.
If you feel that you can benefit from any of the above, then please call and arrange a consultation. All appointments are for 50 minutes and any subsequent course of therapy will be regularly assessed to ensure that the client is comfortable and satisfied with the content of the sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) In Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited)
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Client Centred & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills (Accredited)
- Emotional Freedom Techniques (Level 2 Practitioner)
- Community Welfare Support Officer & Safeguarding Children (Level 1)
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees and Funding
Vale Therapy is a private counselling service, welcoming clients who either self-fund their sessions or via a charity/work funded entry. I can also invoice employers who wish to provide funded therapy for a staff member. The first session is £35.
Individuals £45-£60 and couples £50-£75 on a sliding scale per 1 hour session. payment is due at the end of each session. There are concessions available please ask when making your first appointment.
You can pay for your sessions by cash, card and cheque payable to Michael Pearce MBE, at the end of the session or by Bank transfer (Bank Details available at bottom of invoice).
Confirming Your Appointment
Once you have contacted me to set up an appointment for an initial counselling session, I will make the arrangements for you and book a session time to suit you. At this point, I am committing to our appointment. So I also ask for your commitment by requesting that you give me your details to reserve the appointment time (unless you have booked via a company or charity).
Terms of service for further sessions
In your initial session, we will cover the therapy contract which you will receive a signed copy. This outlines my commitment to you, such as working ethically and responsibly, my promise of confidentiality, as well as arrangements for payment and scheduling sessions. It’s in your interests to have a therapy contract, in place from the very start, so that you know exactly where you stand.
I am commited to offering you regular appointments, usually on a weekly basis, because of the importance of maintaining the therapy relationship between us both.
How many sessions and ending
Many people ask how many sessions they will need. There is no minimum and there is no maximum number of sessions. You get to decide how many sessions you want to have. The only thing I ask is that once you tell me you want to end the sessions, you return for one more session called an ending session. This will allow you and me the opportunity to reflect on the scope of the counselling work we have done together.
Missed appointments, rescheduled bookings or cancelled sessions are chargeable in full.
If you are unable to make your regular appointment or booked session, please contact me, as I may be able to offer you an alternative session that week, subject to availability. But if not, then your booked or regular appointment will be chargeable.
You can be assured that I will respect your personal information, according to the ethical codes of the BACP professional body. I will keep your personal details safely and will not divulge any of your details to any third party.