Couples counselling with Michael
In couples counselling, the emphasis is more on exploring the underlying Relational Dynamics – between you and your partner – so as to become more conscious of how this plays out between you. There is also the possibility for moments of individual insight and healing to occur, alongside looking at the way you relate to each other.
I offer my presence as a mediator, empathic witness and ‘coach’ in offering to model new ways of communicating – allowing for each of you to be heard and received without judgment whilst ‘tuning in’ to your underlying needs. It is through developing more awareness and understanding during times of crisis, or challenge in any relationship, that clarity about how to move forward can emerge.
Meeting challenges in your relationship, with my support, might allow you to enter a new phase of authentic relating and deepen your intimacy. Or, it may emerge that you need to part but with my support, you might do this more consciously and with less likelihood of repeating the same patterns in your next relationship. Of course, if there are children involved in the latter, this introduces an additional layer of complexity that counselling can help you with.
Over the course of several months, he supported me and my partner (without judgement or criticism) so that we were able to open up about our feelings in a safe and supportive space. We also learnt valuable communication skills which Michael is extremely experienced in.
He guided us through a very troublesome time and has not only strengthened our relationship but helped us become more aware of how to deal with other issues that we may encounter in future - both within our relationship and in our daily lives.
It has been life-changing to have gained so much from Michael's counselling. My partner and I are so grateful for all of his help and support. I honestly cannot recommend his services highly enough - I am eternally thankful."
- Couples Client, Testimonial, 2020
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.