Counselling to Help Find Your Truth and Be Set Free to Live a Better Way

Share your troubles in counselling, discover the real you in therapy and get your life back on track

I provide a private counselling service in Wath upon Dearne near Rotherham. I’m a male counsellor with over 20 years of experience in mental health work.

Being tossed about by overwhelming emotions and intrusive thoughts is like being lost in a living nightmare. You want to find a place of safety, but it’s hard to see or think clearly because of conflicting thoughts and feelings.

If only you could get some peace!

You possibly don’t feel yourself anymore because you’re struggling so hard to get back on track. However, you could find the real you and, therefore, the confidence to live your dream life by talking to a professional counsellor.

Get happy through counselling
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Seeking Counselling to Improve Mental Health?

Mental health issues. We all have them sometimes, don’t we? When challenging situations arise, and it seems we can’t find a way forward, that’s the time to seek help.

Perhaps you’re here because you’re in a rut. Habitual thinking errors and behaviours from your distant past can keep you stuck fast. You may, for example, have a pessimistic view and believe you will never get rid of the same old problems. But guess what? 

Positive change is inevitable if you engage in mental health counselling. 

I’ve been helping people gain a better sense of self and direction for years. As a result, most now have better relationships and enjoy more fulfilling lives, having dealt with childhood traumas – some they were even unaware of.

Compassionate Healing – You Don’t Have to be Alone

Anyone can fall on hard times. I think it’s a fact of life, and having a downer on yourself isn’t the way to get on. But many people struggle alone, hoping things will improve while not knowing how. So, why is it so hard to reach out for counselling?

Seeking help with mental health isn’t easy because we fear others might judge us.

Perhaps you’re looking for counselling for the first time and have reservations that therapy will work. On the other hand, maybe you tried talking therapy before, but the therapist misunderstood you, or you bought some self-help books that didn’t help.

That sounds a bit disappointing. However, I hope this website will answer some of your questions.

Person reading a self help therapy book to improve mental health
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Hiding your feelings from others through a lack of trust can make you feel isolated when you need friends the most. But that’s why my compassionate approach works.

I will help you deal with your emotions with kindness, so you can reconnect with yourself and experience the healing you need to feel complete. Then you could realise your strengths, redefine your relationships and reshape your life.

Why Private Counselling?

If you’re looking for help to work on problems you can’t solve, you will likely have tried talking to a family member or friend. You may have reached a point where you realised they clearly didn’t understand your situation and gave unwanted advice.

On the other hand, perhaps you felt uneasy about putting your burdens onto them, worrying you might become a nuisance.

Worst of all, what if they shared the very personal things you told them with others?

With a professional counselling service, you can have the confidence to talk openly, knowing that your secrets are safe.

Get Seen Faster

Don’t get me wrong; I think the NHS mental health services and charities that employ volunteer counsellors have their place – certainly for those looking for free counselling. Sadly, though, the demand is so great that often there is a long waiting list, meaning you can’t get therapy when you need it the most.

Right now, thousands of people are suffering needlessly whilst waiting for their turn to see someone.

The good news is that using a private counselling service for your talking therapy decreases stress and suffering because you can usually get an appointment within a few days. If you look at how much you want to change your life, an affordable counselling service like this may seem a better option.

Choose a Male Counsellor

A significant advantage of having your therapy through private counselling is choosing your therapist.

In accessing free counselling, you may not have a choice in which counsellor is allocated to you. However, finding the right therapist for you helps you engage in the counselling process. Namely, your path to a better life will be smoother because you’re talking with the person you chose.

Another thing, there are many female counsellors, which is fine for most people. However, many men and some women are happiest working with a male counsellor. If the issues you wish to work on are my particular areas of expertise, my gender may not even matter.

As you can see from the photo below, I’ve got a few decades of life experience to offer.

Mike Underwood MBACP - male counsellor
Mike Underwood MBACP

Please rest assured that whatever your beliefs, I am committed to providing a counselling service free from any prejudice, where you can even discuss your faith if needs be.

Access Counselling That Helps Bring You Back

Most people don’t know how to give you their full attention, nor are many able to offer empathy. However, I do. I’m a natural-born listener and can provide deep empathy when you need someone alongside you. If we can work together, you will likely find it easy to be yourself again. Hence, talking to me will soon bring you back.

Believe it or not, you could learn to meet your needs and begin healing – by talking to me alone.

To help you to heal, I use a well-established approach that’s scientifically proven to work. It’s called Person-Centred Therapy. Eventually, you should be free of stress and find it easier to make up your mind. Could you be confident to say “no” without guilt or stay calm in situations that used to trigger you?  

A Qualified and Experienced Counsellor

If you’re looking for professional help, I imagine you’d want to ensure there was a professionally-qualified counsellor. Naturally, you want to ensure you have the best chance of improving how you live and get along with others.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy membership

You’d also be looking for someone experienced in the types of difficulties you’re having.

Well, here’s something. After decades of being an angry young man, I conquered my anger and anxiety. That means I have a good idea of what you might go through if you have one or both of those issues.

You could take advantage of my professional experience in a family support centre, helping survivors of toxic relationships recover from low self-esteem, and in NHS Occupational Health, supporting exhausted staff to deal with workplace stress.

With me, you can expect the following:

  • Get an appointment fast
  • See me outside normal working hours
  • Talk freely about anything you want
  • Have someone listen to you for a change
  • Speak with a mature male counsellor
  • Watch your stress fall away

Whether you need to stop, understand where you are, see how you got there, or want to move on, it’s okay. I believe you know what’s best for you.

“I have known Mike Underwood since his training days. He is an experienced, skilled, approachable, empathetic, and compassionate counsellor whom I highly recommend.”

Mr. D. Thompson, Bsc (Hons), DN, DNS, (RMN, RGN, EMDR practitioner, retired).

Get a Free Consultation

You can have a free 30-minute consultation to help you see what it’s like talking to me about your concerns before going any further on your private therapy journey. It’s a sort of free trial. During the consultation, I will answer any questions you have, establish your aims, and give you an idea of what to expect.

If we can find a way of working together that suits you, I believe your talking therapy will work well.

You could use a video app or telephone or see me in person – whichever you prefer.

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