Meet the Counsellor

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.

Michael Underwood - Counsellor

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 accidental death. I had tried to help and didn't have the skills at the time.

Eventually, I began working with other people, and I noticed they often talked openly to me. I realised I was a good listener and that counselling would give me the skills I had lacked earlier to help others.

It seemed a 'no-brainer' to train as a counsellor so here I am doing what I always wanted to do.

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.

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)

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.

Qualifications

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

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