Mike Sands. Dip Couns. Reg BACP. Member Inst for Meditation and Psychotherapy
Life can be difficult. Perhaps it is difficult for you right now.
You may be struggling to understand or control strong or troubling emotions. Perhaps you feel 'stuck' in entrenched ways of being, feeling and relating. You may simply feel the need to explore your inner world and gain an understanding of why you are the way you are.
I provide a safe therapeutic space in which the problems and mysteries of being human can be explored respectfully and creatively. My aim is to bring insight and understanding to the emotional and other personal challenges in your life, facilitating growth and change. My approach is collaborative but you would remain in control, determining the pace of therapy, the material you bring, when and how we address deeply painful or traumatic issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained and qualified as an Integrative counsellor at The Minster Centre, the first Integrative Training centre in the UK and the leading Integrative Psychotherapy training body in Europe. I have worked for a major provider of counselling services in South London and a bereavement charity in West London. I have experience of working with a range of problems including anxiety, depression, addiction (including 12-step work), bereavement, eating disorders, problems with intimacy and low self-esteem. Before becoming a therapist I had senior leadership roles in a multi-national corporation and so have a good understanding of work-related stress and anxiety.
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
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
Concessions offered for
My standard fee is currently £55 per 50 minute session. I also offer a reduced rate if you pay for multiple sessions in advance:
4 sessions for £200 = £50.00 per session
6 sessions for £270 = £45.00 per session
Weekdays apart from wednesdays
Under current coronavirus restrictions I conduct therapy sessions by 'zoom' but in more normal times am available for face-to-face working in Oxford, East London and Avignon, France.