Michael Watson

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reg.MBACP Trauma informed Counsellor / Addiction specialist
Available for new clients
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Lancaster, Lancashire, LA4 6SD
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I can help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making changes in your life or finding ways of coping with problems.

My name is Michael, I am an integrative therapist and addiction specialist. I have worked with people struggling with addictions for over 12 years, I also have my own lived experience.  I am able to draw on a number of different models of therapy in supporting clients to reach their desired goals, these models include Transactional Analysis,  Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Person Centred and Humanistic approaches. I also offer coaching and professional development sessions.

Although I specialise in the addictions field, I also offer counselling for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, abuse, relationship issues,  and bereavement, however, I have a strong interest in problems surrounding addiction not only for the person suffering but for families and loved ones too. Addiction can affect all aspect of the persons life and their relationships causing distress and emotional upheaval. I have many years experience of helping families affected by addiction.

Counselling can give you a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space to chat to a skilled professional about your anxiety and any other issues and concerns.

I will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and others.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma counselling level 4
  • CMI Coach level 5
  • Mindfulness practitioner
  • Trauma practitioner

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Therapies offered


£45.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone or online session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Porch Room, Friends Meeting House, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA4 6SD

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Online platforms

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Michael Watson
Michael Watson