About Michael Huxley
Are you seeking a skilled counsellor and psychotherapist? I work in Huddersfield, Leeds and Wakefield.
Counselling can lead to increased self understanding, awareness, and acceptance through resolving difficult feelings from the present or in the past allowing life to move forward more positively.
I have been practising for nearly 25 years, working with people who experience anxiety, depression, stress or lack of confidence, which come from different life experiences and may affect how you experience your life now and relate in different ways - at home, with family, friends, at work, or in all of these. I am able to help you to talk about personal, emotional and relationship problems.
Counselling can provide a safe and conidential setting to explore the difficulties you are facing. I aim to facilitate a trusting relationship so that we are able to undertake the work to think about and explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours you are experiencing and in relation to others. Sometimes the reasons we think and act as we do can be difficult to understand and our work together can offer insights which can lead to change.
These are some of the difficulties people come to talk to me about to make changes for themselves:
* lacking confidence
* difficulties in relationships and sustaining them
* domestic violence
* bereavement and grief
* later life and old age issues
* unemployment, facing redundancy or debt
* difficulty in expressing feelings
* loneliness and isolation
* use of pornography
* abuse or unhappiness in childhood
* adult survivors of childhood abuse (sexual, emotional, physical, psychological)
* workplace well being
* stress at work
* marital issues
* men’s issues
* rape or serious sexual assault
* sexuality and sexual orientation
* gay and lesbian issues.
The first session, which lasts for about 60 minutes, can help to clarify the difficulties you are experiencing and gives you the opportunity to tell me why you would like counselling at this time, what you hope to get from it and the changes you would like to make. Sometimes this is all that is needed, or it can be a starting point for you to undertake some work with me. For some people, however, these are difficult questions and may not have ready or easy answers. Having met me you can decide at that point if you would like to do some counselling work with me or take more time to make your decision.
I offer short and open ended/long term counselling depending on the difficulties you are experiencing and what you want to achieve through counselling.
Day and evening appointments are available.
I have experience of working in a variety of settings -
different voluntary organisations
staff support services
My training, work experience and any achievement
Advanced Diploma in Counselling -(Sheffield (Hallam) University
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling -
Westminster Pastoral Foundation (North) WPF(N)
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling WPF(N) in conjunction with the Tuke Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, York (part of the Retreat Hospital)
Psychotherapy training programme WPF(N)
Diploma in Supervision
I work to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice
I am a trained and qualified supervisor. Please contact me for more information. I supervise at Fitzwilliam Street in Huddersfield and in Wakefield and I can travel to your organisation to supervise. I work with individuals and groups.
I offer telephone supervision
Other concerns & issues I deal with
I trained with the STAR Project to work with women and men who have been raped or seriously sexually asaulted
I am a "gay affirmative" counsellor, which means I do not think sexual orientation is about mental health issues or illness.
Concerns & issues I deal with
- Anger Management
- Bisexual Issues
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Childhood Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Gay Issues
- Internet Addiction
- Lesbian Issues
- Low Self Confidence
- Low Self Esteem
- Marriage (Marital Relations)
- Mens Issues
- Midlife Crisis
- Panic Attacks
- Personal Growth
- Personal Relationships
- Pet Bereavement
- Relationship Problems
- Same Sex Relationships
- Self Development
- Self Harm
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Addiction
- Sexual Harassment
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Work Stress
- Emotional Abuse
Special Online Booking Offers
Initial appointment, which lasts for about 60 to 90 minutes
Ongoing sessions of 50 minutes: £48 - £35
If you have difficulty with fees, I would prefer you to discuss this with me rather than rule yourself out.
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