Counselling & Psychotherapy with Michael
Working in an embodied-relational way, I offer a safe and empathic space in which you can explore the challenges and difficulties you may be facing. I make no assumptions about what skills, abilities and knowledge you already have for this kind of emotional work, nor what you may want from any session. Over time, I support you to develop self-awareness tools and skills that can support you in all areas of your life.
The way I work recognises that your early life experiences and relationships may have shaped the ‘lens’ through which you see the world and can have a profound impact on your sense of self – for better or worse. This may lead you to feel 'disconnected' from the world, at times, because to survive you may have needed to disconnect to protect from emotional overwhelm. This is a common and natural coping mechanism but, if left in place ongoingly, can reduce your capacity to be spontaneous and full engage in life.
I have been through a deep therapeutic journey myself and recognise that connecting to your ‘felt’ experience during therapy can be challenging at times. So, I offer my presence as an anchor, whilst I guide you gently and compassionately into an awareness of your inner experience. Over time, I help you to build the capacity to stay with this and what you meet there. Experiencing at a bodily felt-sense level what has been avoided, is the key to resolving trauma and may be the gateway to insight and deeper understanding – reconnecting you back to a more whole self.
Presence - both yours and mine, combined in a session - can be a powerful force to bring forth (naturally) that which is most calling your attention for healing. This may be something you are already consciously aware of, or it may manifest from something just beyond the edge of your awareness. Either way, I offer you skills and tools to track and navigate your 'inner landscape' and help you stay with your unfolding experience in the body.
I recognise the importance of identifying and developing inner resources before working, at times, with emotional intense experiences that can arise in therapy. Your resources and skills you develop with me, then support integration and your on-going inner resilience.
The therapeutic relationship we establish is fundamental to the work we do and can be a rich ground for learning and understanding. It can (especially in longer-term therapy) mirror or shed light on patterns of how you ‘do’ your other relationships in life. My observations and feedback to you, may help you to see and understanding this at a deeper level - allowing the possibility for you to make more conscious choices moving forward.
- Anger Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Loss & Bereavement
- Confidence & Self-Esteem
- Embodied Movement
My Specialisms Include:
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I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework. BACP has a formal route through which complaints can be heard if they cannot be resolved, in the first instance, by talking to me - more information is available on BACP's website.
In addition to continuing professional development, I am in on-going supervision for all my therapeutic work.