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About Michael Coleman
I am an experienced, fully qualified counsellor with a Certificate in Counselling Skills and Diploma in Integrative Counselling, qualifications that are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP, www.bacp.co.uk).
My approach to counselling is based on a Humanistic belief, that I wish to help you find a resolution to your issue(s) that best suites you, your values and your way of life. I place great value on the relationship between client and counsellor as this, in my experience as both counsellor and client, proves to be the single most important factor to a successful outcome. Offering a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment with space and time to fully explore your issues, fears, difficulties, choices and opportunities greatly helps the process. There are many issues that people can struggle with, these are a few of the main issues that counselling can help with:
- Anxiety and phobias
- Alcohol and/or drug related problems
- Anger Management
- Loss: Bereavement, separation, divorce, redundancy etc.
- Life Changes
- Personal Development
- Low self esteem
I enjoy and actively seek to improve my skills, knowledge and abilities through on going professional development and training, which recently included workshops on Dreams, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Counselling.
In addition to private practice, I work as a counsellor with KCA, a charitable organisation whose 'aim is to prevent or reduce costs arising from the use of alcohol, prescribed and non-prescribed drugs' (www.kca.org.uk) This work has given me specific experience and skills in working with dependencies and addictions that affect many in our society.
As an Individual member of the BACP , I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am subject to its Professional Conduct Procedure (available from www.bacp.co.uk or upon request)
What is Counselling?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) define counselling as 'The overall aim of Counselling is to provide an opportunity for the client to work towards living in a way he or she experiences as more satisfying and resourceful.'
The focus of counselling may be on problems but it may also be to help you to understand more about yourself. My role, as counsellor, is to work with you, in an equal partnership, in order to help you cope with your current situation and consider how you may think about or deal with things differently.
Many clients find that having someone to talk to and to be truly heard, can in itself prove helpful and very powerful. Clients sessions can become a valuable time where you ma feel safe enough to discus and explore what is most important to you, in confidence, without fear of judgment and with genuine empathy.
What is Integrative Counselling?
Integrative counselling has evolved from the belief that no single model of counselling or psychotherapy is able to provide for the immense complexity of each individual human being. Integration is the process of recognising and valuing the knowledge, skills and insight from all main models of counselling and psychotherapy.
My belief, based upon experience and learning, is that integrative counselling better ables me to respond personally, effectively and with flexibility to your whole experience rather than placing a singular importance of thinking, felling and/or behaviours so more effectively facilitating your desired outcome(s).
6 Ryecroft Road
Tel: 01959 526802
Mobile: 07775 564338
Frequently Asked Questions
Is counselling confidential?
All that you choose to bring to counselling will be treated with respect, honesty and held in complete confidence. In accordance with BACP requirements, I attend regular supervision that is designed to ensure that I practise in an ethical and professional manner and it is to supervision where I may bring issues of a professional nature, related to any and all clients. Clients, when brought up in supervision, have all identifying details removed to ensure confidentiality.
The exception would be if I believed that harm could come to you or another, in which case I would make every effort to discuss the matter with the you in the first instance.
How can I choose a good counsellor?
Choosing the right counsellor is probably the single most important decision to be made as research demonstrates that the most critical factor in ensuring successful therapy outcomes is the relationship between client and counsellor. For you to be able to open up and confide your inner most feelings and thoughts, it is essential that you feel completely safe, supported and secure.
I appreciate that having decided to seek counselling, the next step can prove daunting as there are many forms of counselling theory and counsellors who offer their services. Counsellor details may give a brief summary of their suitability as will recommendations, so guiding you to a shortlist of counsellors.
Most often, the first contact is by telephone and speaking to the counsellor in person. In my case, if I am unavailable I shall be able to tell you via an answer phone and shall return your call as soon as possible ensuring confidentiality at all times.
Before deciding on a counsellor, ask any questions you may have, request any information you may need, all of which most counsellors will be happy to give.
The next step is the initial session, which may vary in length and in cost. I choose to use the first session as an opportunity for us to meet, and discus whether we could have an effective therapeutic working relationship that is appropriate to your needs. This session has no obligation on either yourself or myself.
As the BACP advice notes suggest, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you feel comfortable telling this counsellor intimate details of your life?
- Do you feel safe with them?
- Do you like their manner towards you?
- Could you be completely open with them?
More detailed advice can be found from the BACP ( www.bacp.co.uk ) who offer a section titled 'Find a therapist' with a useful sub-section titled 'Finding the right therapist' that offers detailed advice.
When do you see clients?
I seek to arrange mutually convenient dates and times with clients which includes week-days, evenings and weekends.
How long will I need to work with you?
This very much depends on you and the issue(s) you are seeking to resolve. A single issue may require a weekly session for a few weeks, or may even be resolved in one session while deep rooted issues may take many months.
How long are the sessions?
Sessions last for fifty (50) minutes.
My fees for each 50 minutes session are:
- One to one counselling is £40 per session
- Couples counselling is £60 per session.
Subject to discussion, I am willing to see clients at a reduced rate, for example students, pensioners, unwaged and income support.
6 Ryecroft Road, Otford, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 5LX
Counselling Service covering:
Badgers Mound, Biggin Hill, Beckenham, Brasted, Bromley, Borough Green, Beckenham, Brastead, Bromley, Crofton, Cudham, Darenth, Dartford, Edenbridge, Eynsford, Farnborough (Kent), Farningham, Green Street Green, Halsted, Hildenborough, Kemsing, Keston, Knockholt, Locksbottom, Orpington, Pratts Bottom, Pembury, Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks Weald, Seal, Shoreham, Sutton at Hone, Swanley, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Horton Kirby, Westerham, Ightham, West Kingsdown, Wrotham
How To Find Me
From the Centre of Otford (pond) take the High Street that becomes Pilgrims Way West, take the first left into Rye Lane and second left into Ryecroft Road. 6 Ryecroft Road is the 6th house on the right. This is a ten to fifteen minute walk.
Otford is serviced by Arriva Bus Service on routes 432/431 that stops at Sevenoaks (Rail Station), Riverhead, Dunton Green, Otford (Telston Lane), Otford (Pond), Bat & Ball, The Bradbourne School, Wilderness School, St Johns Hill and Shoreham Mill Lane
Otford is served by Southeastern Rail Company with a regular service from:
Sevenoaks - Bat & Ball - Otford - Shoreham (Kent) - Eynsford - Swanley - Bickley - Bromley South,
Margate - Ramsgate - Canterbury West - Ashford International - Lenham - Harrietsham - Hollingbourne - Bearsted - Maidstone East - Barming - East Malling - Borough Green - Kemsing - Otford - Swanley - St Mary Cray - Bromley South - Beckenham Junction - Herne Hill - Charing Cross - London Victoria or London Bridge
From Otford Rail Station, go right down the hill, past the duck pond on the left and onto the High Street. Follow directions noted at top.
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