Michael Collins PGCE, PG Dip, MSc, MBACP (Senior Accred), UKRCP (Reg Ind) Counselling and Psychotherapy in Islington

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Freqently Asked Questions

When did you qualify?
I completed a 5-year Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy in 1998, and continue to regularly attend professional development training courses and events to maintain, improve and broaden my clinical knowledge and skills.

Are you accredited by a professional organisation?
I received professional British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation in 1997 and became a Senior Accredited BACP member in 2004.

Do you subscribe to a professional code of ethics?
I adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy as set out by both the British Psychoanalytic Council and the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy.

What is your confidentiality policy?
All sessions are confidential, except in circumstances where a) I believe a client or third party to be at serious risk or b) where I would be liable to civil or criminal proceedings if information a client had shared was not disclosed.

Do you receive regular supervision?
In line with the professional requirements of the BPC/BACP Ethical Frameworks for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy I meet on a regular basis with a clinical supervisor, but I always maintain client anonymity. The aim of supervision is to help me reflect on my clinical work and is essential in my maintaining an ethical and competent work practice and attitude.

Where do sessions take place?
I have a 2nd floor consulting room in the Angel area of Islington, which is easily accessed by the underground and numerous bus routes.

What happens in the initial session?
The initial session provides us with an opportunity to explore why help is being sought and whether what I can offer is appropriate, and most importantly, that we both feel comfortable working together.

What happens after the initial session?
If at the end of the initial session, it is felt to be appropriate to continue working together, we can, dependent on your presenting issues/needs, put in place either a short-term focused counselling or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy contract.

What is your availability?
I am available on a Tuesday and Thursday.

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