Michael DarvillPerson-centred/humanistic counsellor
If you're reading this, then you're most likely struggling right now.
You might be anxious, depressed or low. You may feel angry, sad, or stressed by a certain situation or event in your life.
Maybe you've lost direction and meaning, and feel stuck as a result. Or lost someone important to you, either through a bereavement or relationship breakdown.
Feelings of despair, fear or hurt can be overwhelming. But...you've started the process of addressing these issues by looking for a counsellor. You've taken the first step.
Together, in a collaborative effort, we can look at what is bothering you and attempt to find a way through. I will help you explore your feelings so that you might better manage your struggle.
Counselling has the best chance of working when the therapeutic relationship works - as such, I will spend real time, commitment and effort developing our relationship.
I offer a warm, gentle, patient and caring manner, through which a safe and secure environment is established. This is vital as you need to know you are in trustworthy and supportive hands.
I usually work by offering an initial six sessions, which can be extended with regular reviews, although the number of sessions is flexible and dependent upon your needs.
As well as private practice, I currently work for a charity offering support to children and young people. I have previously worked as a school counsellor, as well as at a hospice providing care for terminally ill people and their families, with bereavement a strong focus.
My approach blends person-centred counselling skills with an existential worldview; in short, I offer an empathic, non-judgemental space where you will be respected and made comfortable as we explore your world and what is troubling you.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
£55 (per 50-minute session)
I also offer a concessionary rate of £45 for trainee counsellors
Training and qualifications
BA (Hons) Counselling
NCFE Level 3 Award In Counselling Skills & Theory
NCFE Level 2 Award In Helping Skills
NCFE Level 1 Award In Interpersonal Skills