Meet the Counsellor

Certain personal qualities are helpful in this work. People say that I am quiet, calm, and make them feel safe, but I am also strong in that I have the courage needed to stay with you when you face even the greatest challenges.

Michael Underwood - Counsellor

I like helping people, and to see them overcome hardships gives me a real buzz. I began helping others when young, as my father had suffered a serious stroke and I tried to support him with his speech therapy.

During my early adult life, I lost a few friends to suicide and I had tried to help and didn't have the skills at the time.

I began working with people and I noticed they often talked openly to me. I realised I was a good listener and that my training to be a counsellor would give me the skills I had lacked earlier to help others - so that's what I did.

I really love doing this work but understand fear of stigma can make coming to counselling seem rather daunting. I will do my best to make you feel at ease so that your counselling is as effective as possible.

I see difficulties as the start of a learning experience, and rather than judge you, I respect you for your struggle to make things right in your life.

Feelgood image - Waterlogged road

"To reach something good, it is useful to have gone astray."

Saint Teresa of Avila
(16th Century Christian Mystic)

Qualifications

  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
    2014, CPCAB
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    2016, CPCAB
  • Diploma in Online Counselling (Credit)
    2017, OCST

Experience

My work in Occupational Health and also in a local family support centre has given me experience of working with a range of issues, including workplace stress and domestic abuse. I also work in learning disabilities.

Training

My work is constantly being updated by regular training - Continual Professional Development. Here are a few of the courses I have completed.

  • Working with Dreams and Imagery
    2014
  • Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
    2015, Core V5
  • CEOP ThinkYouKnow
    2016
  • Working with Trauma Short-Term
    2016
  • BACP Relational Depth & Emotional Connection in Online Therapy
    2016, BACP
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder Awareness
    2016, Pathways, Barnsley
  • Solution Focussed Approaches
    2016, Solution Focus Sheffield
  • Identity
    2017, BACP
  • Introduction to Gestalt
    2018, Gestalt Sheffield
  • Grief Works: Stories of Death and Surviving
    2018, BACP
  • Practical Counselling Strategies and Interventions in Addiction Work
    2018, BACP
  • Loss-What Does Life Mean For Me Now?
    2018, BACP
  • Man Up
    2019, BACP
  • Working with Relational Trauma
    2019, PODS
  • Understanding Eating Disorders
    2019, SYEDA
  • Shame - Trauma
    2019, BACP

I want to provide you with good quality counselling so you can feel better.