About me

My name is Michael Thorpe and I am a professionally trained counsellor dealing with many fields including, but not only, addictive and dependent behaviours, perception altering drugs including cannabis, anxiety driven behaviour, and relational issues, domestic and sexual abuse.

My strength is that I care about my clients, I understand the significance of the counselling relationship and I am competent in what I do having worked as a counsellor and an addiction therapist for 35 years.

To decide to work with a counsellor/therapist you need to be assured of a few important matters, how good are they and how long will the process take? If you engage with me in the counselling relationship I will provide you with a safe and supportive environment in which you can work through whatever you need to. How long the process takes is driven by you, I am committed to work at your pace for as long as you need, equally you are free to terminate at any time with no explanation.

Counselling can be a life changing experience, releasing you and enabling you to have the future that you are hoping for. I would be my privilege to help you achieve this.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified at Canterbury University in Addiction Management achieving an Honours Degree. I also trained in Person Centred Counselling, Psycho-dynamic Counselling, Systemic Counselling (CBT, MTI), Dual Diagnosis and Counselling Supervision.

I have been recognised with an award from HM Queen Elizabeth for my contribution to addiction services. I delivered the first CBT programme for female offenders in the UK which received the Butler Trust award for innovation and success. I developed education counselling support groups for partners and parents, and spoke on radio and television on issues of addiction and relational issues. 

I have worked for thirty five years in the addiction field for statutory, voluntary and charitable organisations. I worked for the NHS in the A&E department providing patients with advise and brief interventions concerning their alcohol use and available treatments. I have worked for the probation service. Currently I work counselling, providing supervision for other counsellors, and contracts with treatment services, acute mental health services and the local council.

Previously Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


Additional information

My fees are £35.00 per one hour session and you will find this rate comparable.

Further information

If you are housebound I can visit you at your home, if you are outside my postal code area there will be an additional charge to cover mileage which I will discuss with you.

I have venues in Westcliff on Sea and Rayleigh Essex.

Westcliff On Sea

Type of session

In person
Michael Thorpe

Michael Thorpe