Welcome

Liberate Counselling is a professional psychotherapy service offering face-to-face and online counselling. The service is based in South Yorkshire and is available throughout the UK.

About Me

Your counselling depends upon the working relationship with your counsellor, and so I have written a little about me.

photo of Mike - counsellor at Liberate Counselling

A sense of what kind of person we are can be gained from looking at what others say about us. In my case I hear it said that I am quiet, calm, and I often hear people say that they feel safe around me.

Myself, I would add that I feel passionate about personal development, and have helped many people make positive changes in their lives in therapy.

Whatever your difficulty, as a qualified counsellor I provide an environment of warmth, empathy and acceptance, where you will feel free to express yourself in confidence and privacy. I will help you to explore your thoughts and feelings, personal values and meanings, to reveal what really matters to you.

I know it takes courage to go for therapy because of feelings of stigma, so I applaud anyone who seeks professional help. Michael Underwood. Dip.Couns. MBACP.

Qualifications

The best qualification for working as a counsellor is one's own personality, however here are my formal qualifications:

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

Experience

My work as a counsellor in an NHS setting and also in a local family support centre has given me valuable experience of working with a broad range of issues but especially anxiety, depression and loneliness. Having worked in learning disabilities, I am used to overcoming prejudice and I naturally see the person rather than the problems. The time working on a local mental health helpline gives me experience of working with people by telephone, i.e. remotely.

Training

I undertake Continual Professional Development courses. Here are a few of them I have done.

  • Introduction to Working with Dreams and Imagery
  • CEOP ThinkYouKnow
  • Working with Trauma Short Term
  • Relational Depth & Emotional Connection Online Therapy (BACP)
  • Solution Focussed Approaches
  • Online Therapy
  • Identity (BACP)
  • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy

Professional Standards

I adhere to the professional standards set out in the BACP Ethical Framework so that your interests are put first and your safety is paramount.

My work is supervised so that my counselling work is of a high standard.

I am registered as a data controller with the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) and I work within the GDPR to collect, handle and store your personal data in such a way that protects your right to privacy.

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