Mike Brooks, MA, BSc (Hons), MBACP, UKCP Reg
I work with adults of all ages and backgrounds. My aim is to help you find ways to manage situations and make life more fulfilling.
The first step is to have an initial appointment with no obligations. You can say more about your situation and ask questions. I will say more about how I work.
I have a room in Ealing: Monday morning / Monday evening / Tuesday evening
And in Hillingdon: Tuesday morning / Thursday morning
Full confidentiality applies.
How I work
Counselling is a chance to talk about topics and feelings you can't discuss with family and friends. We can talk about anger, anxiety, depression - and topics such as work, relationships, addiction, sex, money, illness, anything.
If something is difficult to talk about, there is no rush. On the other hand, you might like to go straight to the heart of the matter.
We are all different. My aim is to help you find your own voice and way of being in the world.
I have an interest in how our experiences growing up can affect us. The way we were brought up and upsetting incidents in the home and at school, etc, can have a big impact. Looking at these experiences can help make sense of them and help us to feel better.
Another approach is to ask: “What keeps happening?” We can get stuck in patterns and types of relationship, and looking at these can help break the cycle.
Counselling can also be used to explore life’s big questions: “What is life for and how can I make the most of it?” Perhaps we have been affected by bereavement or particular beliefs in our upbringing. These deep questions can be explored safely.
Counselling can be challenging, but it can also be exciting to discover new ideas and ways of being in the world.
I invite you to bring whatever is on your mind. Sometimes our thoughts race and it is difficult to relax. Counselling can be a chance to take time out and rest. I might suggest breathing or mindfulness exercises.
It can sometimes be surprisingly useful to look at dreams.
Please call or email to find out more or to book an initial consultation.
I aim to get back to you within 24 hours (although it may be longer if a weekend).
Our first meeting is a chance to explore how we might work together. To help me understand, I will ask some questions about your background and what brings you to counselling. I will also say something about how I work.
I will let you know if I think I can be of use, and you can decide either during this appointment or afterwards if you would like to proceed.
When you have decided, we will agree a regular time, the fee, and how many appointments you would like, which can be reviewed as we go along.
Counselling will take the form of a 50-minute appointment, and works best when there is a commitment to meet regularly. We are embarking on a journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & certificates
- MA in Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2011)
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2010)
- BSc (Hons) degree, majoring in psychology
- 2014–ongoing: Counsellor with Ealing Abbey Counselling Service
- 2014/16: Help Counselling Centre, Notting Hill
- 2013/14: Brunel University Counselling Service
- 2013/14: Centre 70 Counselling Service, West Norwood
- 2013: RISE (Recovery Interventions Service Ealing)
- 2012: Mind, Hillingdon
- 2011: Samaritans, Hillingdon
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Initial consultation: £40
Fee per session: £50
Appointment cancelled with 72 hours notice: No charge
Appointment missed or cancelled with less than 72 hours notice: Full fee payable
No fee is charged if I cancel an appointment (I always aim to give plenty of notice)
Fees reviewed annually in March