Michael Strang (MA, MBACP)
I am an experienced and fully-qualified BACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist, working in the NHS and in private practice in South London.
Anxiety, stress, relationships, family, work.. I understand how easy it is to lose your way and struggle to cope sometimes, and how important it is to find a person or place where we can speak openly and be truly heard, without the fear of being judged. This is what I seek to provide in my counselling: a safe and confidential environment where clients can share whatever they wish to, and reconnect with the kind of person they wish to be.
How to get started
Just contact me via phone, email, or my website (all listed above). There's no obligation or commitment implied and I welcome all questions and enquiries.
If you're unsure..
There is no right or wrong reason for seeing a counsellor. And there is no right or wrong thing to say when you do. It might be difficult to know what to expect before you begin, and difficult to place your trust in a person and a process unknown to you. As your therapist, I will do my best to make those first steps as comfortable as possible.
I follow an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy, meaning that I was trained in a number of different methods, combined in a way that accommodates the needs of whoever I work with. My approach to the counselling relationship is fundamentally person-centred: it is based on a deep respect for each client’s individuality and a considered belief in their own natural potential to understand themselves and achieve whatever inner or emotional change they seek. I aim to provide a welcoming and supportive environment, free from judgement or dictated solutions, and with your interests at its heart.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified with an MA (Distinction) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Roehampton and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I work in the NHS and in private practice with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and needs: anxiety, stress, depression; relationship issues, problems with your work, your family, or your partner; bereavement, anger, suicidal thoughts; traumatic memories from the past or significant life changes in the present. Sometimes there's no easy way to describe what it is that's troubling you, but talking about is very often the first and most important step you can take to challenge it.
I spent 20 years in the corporate workplace before becoming a counsellor and I am familiar with the pressures of the modern world and the difficulties we often face reconciling our deepest needs with the demands of a busy, stressful life. I have also spent times as a listener with the Samaritans and I know that even the most desperate times can feel less lonely when there's someone alongside you who is happy to listen.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee for a 50-minute session is £60 before 5pm and £70 after 5pm.
I also have limited low-cost places for students and those on a low income, so please feel free to ask.