Michael Underwood Dip.Couns.
I am a warm, caring, deep person. Calm and softly-spoken, others say they feel safe with me and that I am easy to talk to.
I see that there is often much unhappiness in the world because it seems we inhabit an environment where love and understanding seem to be in short supply.
Perhaps you feel low and you cannot seem to get yourself out of the depression you find yourself in. Even getting out of bed can be a struggle sometimes.
You might avoid situations where you would be in a group of people because you feel you are not 'good enough'. You feel life is just a one big trauma.
Maybe you feel that it’s only you that feels this way. You would like to tell someone how it is but you cannot find anyone who doesn't just try to give you advice when they don't see things the way you do.
Wouldn't it be nice if somebody would just listen to you and understand you without judging you?
FEAR NOT. Here is an opportunity to get yourself out of the seemingly impossible situation you find yourself in. If you enlist my support you will have, in me, a compassionate ally who wishes nothing more than to see you overcome your troubles!
I have sat in the client’s chair myself – and I believe that I can provide you with the safe space you need to make sense of everything so you can enjoy the quality of life that you would dearly like.
I specialise in working with depression, anxiety and loneliness and I provide various forms of online counselling: video, telephone, instant messaging, email and also face-to-face counselling.
I believe that apart from being less expensive and more convenient, working online increases access to counselling as it opens up possibilities for those who have mobility issues, live remotely, or just don’t want to be seen by others entering a building where counselling is provided.
I can offer you a 30 minute chat (online or by telephone) to help you decide whether you would like me to support you so you can feel well again.
Please send me a brief message by email, text, phone or leave a Skype message and I will get back to you shortly. You could also find out more by visiting my website.
Best wishes, Mike.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling Studies 2014, CPCAB
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2016, CPCAB
- Diploma in Online Counselling (Credit) 2017, OCST
I undertake ongoing Continual Professional Development and the following are some of the CPD courses I have attended:
- Introduction to working with Dreams and Imagery 2014, Yorkshire Counselling Network
- Drugs Awareness Training 2015, Wakefield Inspiring Recovery
- Working with Trauma Short Term 2016, Yorkshire Counselling Network
- Relational Depth & Emotional Connection in Online Therapy 2016, BACP
- Introduction to Solution Focussed Approaches 2016, Solution Focus Sheffield
- Identity: Can You Tell Me Who I Am? 2017, BACP
- Introduction to Gestalt 2018, Gestalt Groups
I volunteered as a telephone call taker for several years at a local Mental Health Helpline, where I saw how useful I could be to others as a listener.
I have been a support worker for adults who have learning difficulties and autism since 2006, where I learned how to encourage people to become more empowered. In this role I also grew more accepting of people, learning to see the person rather than the problem.
I have a few years’ experience of short-term counselling in an NHS Occupational Health setting, and also some long-term counselling experience at a local family support charity. So I can offer either time-limited or open-ended counselling.
In the NHS I work with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, family issues, bereavement, low self-esteem and workplace stress. In the other placement I work mainly with various forms of domestic abuse.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
End of life
- Face-to-face: £40 - £45
- Video/Telephone: £35 - £40
- Instant Messaging/Email: £30 - £35
Prices above reflect £5 discount for block-booking 4+ sessions.
All sessions are payable in advance; via Paypal, credit/debit cards or BACS.
Concessionary rates are available for students/on benefits. Please get in touch to ask about these.
Get in touch with me to make an enquiry by any means you prefer. However, it might help you to know that I reply to emails or Skype messages within about 12 hours and text messages or phone calls much sooner than that!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available most days except Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|