About me

Dr Michael Sims is a Psychotherapist, and a Lecturer/Coordinator at Southampton City College on the BA (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy, and Senior Lecturer/Award Leader on the MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy at Bath Spa University. Mike has had many years experience working with people from all walks of life. Mike trained in an approach developed back in the 1950's by the Humanistic Psychologist Carl Rogers, known as Person-Centred Therapy.

Mike offers a relational therapy based in a genuine, understanding and accepting climate, striving and respecting clients in their entirety. He believes it is through this relationship that clients can find the resources and answers to their issues and troubles. This in turn can potentially build confidence and a sense of empowerment within the client leading to greater feelings of self-worth.

Mike is an Accredited registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred), adhering to their ethical framework to ensure professional conduct and equality, which Mike believes assists in creating confidence and assurance in the relationship.

For self-healing to occur in clients, the relationship between the therapist and the client is the key - and it is this key - that can help unlock the client's potential for positive growth.

Mike offers therapy in a traditional setting 1:1 in his office or if you’d like something different, he also offers walk and talk therapy.

Walk and Talk Therapy
So, what is it? Very simply it’s therapy whilst going for walk. The therapist and client will walk and talk together in a chosen designated spot outdoors, developing a therapeutic relationship to assist therapeutic change in the client, whilst experiencing this in ‘green spaces’, for example the countryside.
For further information on walk and talk follow the link below:


Please visit Mike's website www.counsellingsalisbury.com for further information

Training, qualifications & experience

Individual Counselling

Mike strives to create a therapeutic relationship which can foster positive growth and self-healing in the client. Many clients come with many differing issues and problems ranging from work related stress, trauma, divorce, bereavement, loss, depression to diagnosed mental illness like bipolar and borderline personality disorder. Mike has experience working with client's from all walks of life who present a varied multitude of problems and issues ranging from the ones previousy mentioned.

Relationship / Couples Counselling

Mike also offers relationship counselling for couples or families. Sometimes it can difficult to communicate to our loved ones, partners and family members, This could be due to crisis, divorce or separation, loss of trust, family issues or infidelity, which can result in conflict and pain. If we are experiencing our own distress or anger it is difficult to hear others and this is where counselling can be of help. Relationship counselling is for everyone who needs that extra bit of support, including married couples, parents and children, same sex couples, step-families, siblings and anyone who is experiencing issues/problems in a relationship.

Mike's commitment to clients

Mike continually strives for ethical practice and through this he is committed to enhancing the service he is able to offer clients. This is achieved through Mike's continuing professional development, whereby he undertakes additional training, attends relevant workshops, and is an active member within the counselling and psychotherapy world.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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

Individuals: £50 - £80 a session
Couples: £70-£80 a session


Contact Mike to arrange a time

Stag Cottage
The Highway
Charlton All Saints

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Supervision: I am a qualified supervisor and work on either a one-to-one basis or within a group, depending on preference and availability.

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Dr Mike Sims

Dr Mike Sims