About Michael

I have many years experience supporting people through difficult times in both their personal and professional lives. Originally employed outside of counselling I increasingly found myself working in roles focussed in training, coaching and mentoring. More recently, I have explored a number of complimentary and healing therapies and eventually, through a personal desire to understand my life history and know myself more deeply, was drawn towards the world of counselling.

I have had counselling myself, on several occasions, and understand how hard taking the first steps towards sharing long-held personal distress can be. Beyond this I have seen for myself the rewards of counselling as it helped me to come to terms with my own life difficulties.

My counselling approach is informed by my varied life experiences and I work from a holistic view point; that is to say I see you as a whole person (body, mind, heart and soul) who has a natural ability when treated with care, respect, warmth and acceptance to discover ways of moving through your troubling situation.  Working in this way, I believe, a therapy unique for each client will evolve and will bring for you some relief and clearer insights – whether that be emotionally, intellectually, practically or spiritually. My qualifications in Therapeutic and Psychotherapeutic Counselling allow me to gently walk beside you as you become more able to share your concerns and discover your own solutions.

In addition to private counselling work I have been a volunteer with the Samaritans and had counselling experience with Mind, St Margaret’s Hospice and other local agencies. Outside of client work I have run group Anger Management courses and tutored counselling students towards their own qualifications.

I work within the ethical framework of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am a member on their Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.