Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma
Michael is a counsellor trained in the Humanistic approach. He is qualified with Diploma’s in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Person Centred Counselling. He works in private practice with adults on a one to one basis at The Awareness Centre in Clapham. Michael has previous experience working in: The Low Cost Counselling at TAC, the NHS and at various other mental health settings. He can work with clients short term, or on an open ended basis and has experience working with issues such as: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, loss, trauma, abuse, low self-esteem, shame, isolation, anger and addiction. He is a member of BACP and adheres to their code of ethics.
Michael offers a creative and supportive relationship in which to explore and work through issues. He works through collaborative enquiry into how you are, and how you function in your world, including (but not limited to): current relationships, how you think and feel, and/or your ability to find meaning and experience fulfilment in life. The Humanistic approach includes a belief in the innate wisdom and healing potential of every individual- given the right conditions. The quality of relationship between therapist and client being an important element. Michael offers a safe, authentic and steady presence and works intuitively, with respect to each individuals unique experience and perspective. Depending on individual needs, the aim of counselling with Michael might be to gain clearer insight and understanding, and greater ability to self-support, allowing for increased capacity to hold feelings and emotions, and more choices for living life in the present.
Michael works holistically, meaning: he considers the experience of the whole person (mind, body, spirit) and their whole life situation (past and present) as being interconnected. He does not view a person as fixed, and believes that we have the potential for many different ways of being and experiencing. He understands that for various reasons we can loose touch with, and/or are in conflict with different parts of ourself which can leave us with difficulties such as: self-limiting beliefs, a lack of energy and self defeating patterns, which can undermine our genuine needs and our ability to support ourselves. Michael aims to help a client make sense of their experience and live from the fullness of who they are. Michael has many interests, including: sustainability (environmental, community and human), nature, walking/travel/exploration, comedy and singing (badly). He is dedicated to his own ongoing personal development and has a long term meditation/mindfulness practice and an interest in eastern thought… all of the above supports how he works.