Michael Thorne

PGDip (sup), BSc (hons), BMus (hons), FdA, HG.Dip.P., MBACP, MHGI
Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, SA16
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About me

Discounts for those working in the NHS, emergency services, armed services and veterans (please visit my website for details)

Hello I’m Mike – the owner of Harbour Light Therapy. Before setting up Harbour Light Therapy, I spent the last 31 years as a music teacher and freelance musician. Both careers have enabled me to mix with a wide variety of people and gain an interest into what makes people tick. With this in mind, I felt the need to expand my horizons and develop an interest I have always had in the helping and caring professions – especially in the areas of psychotherapy, counselling and psychology. Becoming a graduate in psychology has given me an appetite for the science of mind and behaviour, while psychotherapy and counselling provides a practical way of utilising psychological theories to help people directly. My Post Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision now allows me to help other therapists and organisations.

Currently, I am still working part time as a teacher and musician but I have taken on an additional role working as a lecturer in counselling at Coleg Sir Gar on their University of Wales Trinity St David foundation degree programme, and co-ordinating and teaching an introduction to counselling course. I completed 4 years at Carmarthenshire Counselling Service (CCS) which allowed me to meet a variety of people and deal with an assortment of psychological difficulties and I regularly received positive feedback from clients following my final session with them. In addition to this, I provide psychotherapy for employees at Dyfed-Powys Police and Marelli (previously Calsonic Kansei in Llanelli). I offer employee assistance programmes for The Red Poppy Company, Pegasus Occupational Health, Aviva, Aetna Global Benefits, Vitality Health and PTSD Resolution.

Now I have my own therapy and supervision practice – Harbour Light Therapy – which offers a simple, efficient and personalised service. Given my employment history, I fully understand the almost continuous stress that can affect teachers and performers. Therefore I can offer bespoke therapy for those employed in education and the performing arts. This can include help with performance anxiety and stress reduction.

My therapy is simple yet effective: we chat to build up rapport and gather information; if appropriate, I will help you set realistic and achievable goals for yourself – you will choose how to accomplish this;  I will share and rehearse skills with you to enable you to move forward with your life; we will move forward at a pace that suits you and at no time should there be any pressure on you to say or do anything with which you feel uncomfortable.

I offer a wide variety of psychological approaches to suit the client. From humanistic approaches to use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques; mindfulness to solution-focused therapy. For explanations of these approaches and others please visit http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/what-is-therapy/types-of-therapy. I also practise Human Givens therapy which considers those resources within all human beings that can effectively help us to meet our physical and emotional needs.

I can help with:

  • Anxiety disorders including performance anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Psychological distress related to health issues
  • Worry about medical procedures
  • Sleep problems
  • Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Abuse and domestic violence
  • Loss, Grief, Bereavement
  • Weight loss
  • Giving up smoking
  • Phobias
  • Addictions
  • Loneliness
  • Anger management
  • Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexuality matters
  • Troubled young people
  • Pain control, especially for chronic medical conditions
  • Teaching relaxation using Mindfulness and other methods

Please contact me to arrange a free initial consultation – which will be a confidential 10-to-20 minute conversation on the phone where we will discuss your issues and to see if my therapy is suitable for you. I am qualified to work with adults and children*. In general, I see clients for between 2 and 8 sessions but I can offer long-term therapy if required.

Therapy sessions last for 50-60 minutes and take place in a warm, comfortable and private environment. When you book your first session with me I will send you directions. My practice is wheelchair accessible and there is ample free parking and bathroom facilities. I can offer therapy remotely via the internet and a webcam*, and also telephone*.  I also offer a limited number of home visits*.

At the moment I can offer therapy on Monday (morning and afternoon), Thursday (morning and afternoon) and Saturday (morning).

I am insured to practice (Holistic Insurance Services) and I hold an enhanced certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). All discussions between myself and my clients are confidential and my work is bound by the ethical frameworks of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the Human Givens Institute, as well as adhering to the guidelines issued by the British Psychological Society. I regularly attend continuing professional development (CPD) training to ensure that my skills are up to date and to learn new ones.

* - subject to initial consultation

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications (chronological order)

Post Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision from the University of South Wales (Newport) in August 2019
Human Givens Post Graduate Diploma, HG.Dip.P – recognition as a Human Givens Therapeutic Practitioner from the Human Givens College in September 2017
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology (Upper Second Class) from the University of Derby in July 2015
HG.Dip in Psychotherapy (Distinction) from the Human Givens College in March 2015
FdA Counselling (Distinction) from the University of Wales Trinity St David and Coleg Sir Gar in July 2014
Introducing Counselling Skills (Pass) Level 2 BTEC Intermediate Award from Coleg Sir Gar in February 2010
PGCE Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Secondary Music and Science, (Pass) in July 1990 from the University Of London, Goldsmiths’ College (dissertation title: Creativity and the meaning of Intelligence)
B.Mus. (Hons) Music (Upper Second Class) from the University Of London, Goldsmiths’ College in July 1989

Membership of Professional Bodies
Registered member of the Human Givens Institute since September 2017
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, full registered member since 2013
British Psychological Society, graduate member since 2009
VOICE, union for professionals in education since 1998

Member organisations


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.


Human Givens Institute

The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation and a professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who have an interest in or utilise the human givens approach. Counselling Directory register Registered Members (MHGI) and Fellow Members (FHGI), who will have completed the Post Graduate Practitioner's Assessment (Part III) and who are fully qualified to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Human Givens Institute

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Performance anxiety
  • Interview nerves
  • Exam nerves
  • Psychological distress related to health issues
  • Worry about medical procedures
  • Loneliness
  • Behavioural problems in children and teenagers
  • Teaching relaxation methods
  • Men's health

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Therapy and supervision sessions cost £40 for 50-60 minutes. This is payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer in advance for all modes of therapy. I do offer concessionary rates for student counsellors/therapists/supervisors, students, low waged/unemployed – please ask for details. A discount for those working in the emergency services, armed services and veterans will apply - please see my website for details.

Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) - please contact me for a competitive fee structure.


Monday (a.m., early p.m.), Thursday (a.m., early p.m.), and Saturday (a.m.)

Further information

I offer employee assistance programmes (EAPs) for companies, corporations and organisations wishing to offer their employees an effective route to resolve their issues which would ordinarily be outside the remit of human resources and management. Arrangements can be made on a bespoke basis to suit your requirements.

I also offer training, talks and seminars for groups and organisations in the areas of performance anxiety, stress management and relaxation methods.

Burry Port

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


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Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Michael Thorne

Michael Thorne