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

How I work

In my work with individuals and couples I use an integrative approach drawing on various theories and concepts (psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, relational, attachment, cognitive, systemic, transpersonal) and dependent on the presenting issues/need I can provide either short-term focussed counselling/psychotherapy and/or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.

Underpinning my approach is the importance of the therapeutic relationship as the main catalyst for change. Rapport, trust, safety, reliability, containment and a therapeutic relationship that is robust enough to manage all that is brought into the therapeutic space are vital components in the process of gaining insight and understanding, finding hope, acceptance and strength, and making desired changes.

The Initial Appointment

Once someone makes contact an assessment/consultation appointment is booked in. This provides an opportunity to consider why help is being sought, gather any relevant background information, think together about whether what I can offer is appropriate, and most importantly that you feel that I am the right therapist for you.

It will also give you a chance to ask any questions about the therapeutic process and/or practical aspects of continuing with further sessions.

Towards the end of the initial appointment we can discuss together whether short-term focussed counselling or longer-term psychotherapy is appropriate in meeting your presenting issue/need.

Other areas I have experience in working with are:

  • Dissatisfaction/emptiness in relation to life
  • Helping people to tap into creative potential
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Loss and change
  • Alienation and isolation
  • Shame and perfectionism
  • Self-criticism and feelings of inadequacy resulting in underachievment
  • Childhood neglect and related issues
  • Men's issues
  • Sexual identity and sexual confusion
  • Gay, lesbian and bisexual issues
  • Transgender issues
  • Cultural identity and displacement
  • People affected by suicide
  • People affected by someone else's addiction/dependency
  • People whose parents/carers are/were addicts/alcoholics
  • People involved in 12-Step Recovery Programs

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