Counselling for Anxiety & Relationship Problems

I provide a confidential counselling service, online or by telephone from my base in Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham, and face-to-face at private therapy rooms in Hoyland, Barnsley. I specialise in helping individuals to overcome anxiety and relationship problems.

Michael Underwood - Registered Counsellor in Rotherham

"A safe space to share your troubles."

Michael Underwood MBACP

Please note that couples counselling is not something I provide, but to be clear, if you are having trouble getting on with your partner or others, then this service is for you.

Symptoms of Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety, you might experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Overthinking
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Avoiding others
  • Frequent arguments
  • Constant blaming
  • Bullying

Anxiety and Relationship Problems are Linked

As seen in the list above, some of the symptoms of anxiety are also the symptoms of relationship problems.

Anxiety makes it difficult to freely be who you are, and if you are not yourself you are not relating to others as yourself. You may try to hide who you are from others, but that doesn't make for satisfactory interactions with them and you worry what others think of you. Then you feel anxious, and you're back to the start.

How Counselling can Help You

It takes time to change how you feel. However, it's certain that if you and I can find a way of working together, things will start to change for you. This is because, me being a stranger to you and there being no pre-existing relationship between us, we have to make a new one. In this you have an opportunity to find out by trial and error who you are outside your other relationships.

The work is experimental because in the safe environment of the counselling relationship, you naturally experiment with ways of relating to me and seeing what works best for you. Then you can then use your new learning to improve other relationships in your life: with others and also with yourself!

There is much more to it than just that, but really the best way is to see for yourself.

Private & Confidential

I can provide you with a safe space where you can share your troubles in privacy and confidentiality. Once your counselling is under way, like so many others, you will find it much easier than you thought to turn things around. This is because with me, you will soon realise that your coping mechanisms, including setting up expectations, do not work.

Counselling helps you see things in a new light

I offer an environment of warm acceptance and I try to see things from your point of view.

Can I be of service to you?

Professional Counsellor

I have over three years' experience as a counsellor in NHS Occupational Health and also a local charity, supporting survivors of domestic abuse.

I am registered with the BACP and adhere to their guidelines: this means your therapy with me is safe and effective.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy Registration Number

I am also fully insured to practice as a counsellor and am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office to comply with data protection laws so your privacy is protected.

Issues Dealt With

I have experience of working with people who struggled with the following issues:

Not feeling yourself can lead to some or all of the above.

Appointments Available

Why go on a waiting list for several months when you could begin your therapy with me within a few days of making contact?

If you are not sure about what it would be like to speak with me, I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation so you can get an idea.

Counselling helps you see things in a new light

"I felt I could understand more about who I am and what my future expectations are."

ML - 30th March 2018

See things in a new light

Recent media focus on talking about mental health is useful because not talking about issues stops you making changes.

Whoever you are, whatever troubles you have, my aim as a counsellor is to enable you to express your thoughts and feelings so you can make sense of everything and see yourself and the world in a different light.

Coronavirus Update: although since March I have been offering counselling online or by telephone only, there are now some face-to-face sessions available. Get in touch to find out more about these safety measures or what therapy can offer you.