Michael Pearce MBE, Registered MBACP
Hi my name is Mick, I Have studied, trained and practiced in a diverse mix of therapies over the past 7 years, qualifying at different stages along the way in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2017, with Integrative Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy being my main field of practice.
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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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 Free, all sessions are 50 minutes.
Individual £35 and Couples fee: £45 per 50 minute session. payment is due at the end of each session. There are confessions available please ask when making your first appointment.
You can pay for your sessions by cash, or by cheque payable to Michael Pearce MBE, 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
08:00 - 20:00 Monday - Thursday 08:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 12:00 Saturday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|