Mike Turton - UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
I have been practising as a psychotherapist for 25 years, including 13 years in the NHS. A graduate in philosophy and classics, I trained with the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute (GPTI) from 1989 - 1993, and became a UKCP registered psychotherapist in 1994.
Therapy is essentially an opportunity to come to terms with what is happening in our lives now, and what has happened in the past. By tuning into our true thoughts and feelings in a confidential setting, we can reach a better understanding of ourselves, our families, and the present situation.
Without realising it, many of us lose touch with our true thoughts and feelings in adjusting to our childhood circumstances. Unable to be ourselves, we strive to be the person we think we ought to be. Not surprisingly, trying to be something we’re not makes us feel empty, restless, and cut off from our vitality. It can also lead to a wide range of distressing symptoms, and put a strain on our close relationships.
Letting our real thoughts and feelings surface in the presence of another person can be uncomfortable at first. However, it gradually has a liberating effect, both mentally and physically. It enables us to put troubling memories to rest and move on. It gives us more perspective, and a clear view of the actions we need to take in order to improve things. It enables us to interact with others more easily, and gives us the confidence to trust our own judgment rather than deferring to other people’s opinions. It reminds us to listen to our bodies.
Appointments last 60 minutes. Initial consultations are free of charge.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling training at the University of Manchester (1987 - 1989)
Psychotherapy training with GPTI - the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute (1989 - 1994)
Supervision training (non-accredited) at the Gestalt Centre, London (1996 - 1997)
1989 Certificate in Counselling (Manchester University)
1994 Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (GPTI), meeting the requirements for UKCP registration
I worked in private practice in Preston from 1989 to 2000. I then worked in the NHS in York from 2001 to 2014, seeing clients with long-standing problems. In 2014, I returned to private practice in York, before moving back home to Colwyn Bay in 2019.
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 to £50 per hour depending on circumstances. No charge for the first appointment.
My office is on the 1st floor of a building that, unfortunately, does not have a lift.