Mike Shallcross

            

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    About me

    Welcome

    Whatever kind of counselling or therapy you're looking for, if you want to make changes in your life and you just need some help to talk things through and find a way forward, then this is a good place to start!

    Some of the areas that people have found it helpful to talk through with me are:

    • improving confidence and self-esteem,
    • coping with anxiety or stress,
    • regaining equilibrium after a bereavement,
    • dealing with mild to moderate depression,
    • making sensible decisions,
    • improving social skills,
    • getting rid of an unwanted habit,
    • confidence in public speaking,
    • gender and sexuality issues,
    • unblocking creativity,
    • overcoming a phobia.

    I live and work in Newham, East London, which is one of the most diverse places in the UK, and I welcome people from all kinds of diversity, including diversities of ethnicity, sexuality, gender, education, and many others.

    Counselling and therapy

    Like many counsellors, I describe the way I work as "integrative". What I mean by this is that counselling and therapy can help in many different ways, and what works for one person may not work for another. So I've studied many different kinds of therapeutic approaches, and I work with each client differently depending on their situation and what they are looking for.

    So when you talk with me for the first time, I'll ask about what problems you're experiencing, what kind of help you're looking for, and what you would like to get from this. And on this basis I'll talk with you about what kinds of approaches could help, whether it's about making sense of your past, or working through unhelpful thinking patterns in the present, or finding ways to achieve your goals for the future. And I'll be happy to discuss with you any specific approaches you're interested in, whether it's mindfulness, CBT, or something else.

    I positively welcome clients representing all kinds of diversity, and if your diversity is part of what you want to talk through with me, I will be genuinely interested in your own specific experience, and I won’t assume that it conforms to any expectations I may have. And if your diversity isn’t part of what you want to discuss, then I won’t expect you to talk about it, and I won’t assume that you’re hiding something because you don’t.

    Specifically in regard to the whole spectrum of gender and sexual expressions, I welcome clients who identify with any kind of consensual, even if “transgressive”, sexuality, and I aim to offer a space where (if you wish) you can talk through issues related to your gender or sexuality and be genuinely heard without misunderstanding or judgement.

    My background

    I’ve been working as a counsellor since about 2003, and I’ve been involved with personal development since around 1985, so I have experience of a wide range of therapeutic approaches. Most of my formal training has been with the BeeLeaf Institute; I have their Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy, and I am also now part of their team of trainers.

    Other training and experience that I bring to my work includes hypnotherapy and NLP (in which I am a Master Practitioner) and conflict resolution and mediation (I have studied Nonviolent Communication and practised as a mediator for about ten years).

    I am a professional member of the following counselling and psychotherapy organisations, and I am bound by their ethical codes:

    • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP),
    • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP),
    • General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR),
    • Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO).

    I've been involved in counselling for many years, but I’ve also done a wide range of other things; I’ve been a college lecturer, chartered accountant, tax adviser, management consultant, software developer, and community mediator. I also spent a year (in 1999-2000) travelling in various countries, so I’ve seen a lot of different cultures and lifestyles and learned that there are many different ways of being human!

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