Background

As a counsellor

Mike ShallcrossHello, I’m Mike Shallcross; 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 now also 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),
  • Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy (CCP).

I am a member of two voluntary registers accredited by the Professional Standards Agency. Membership of these registers (operated by UKCP and by BACP) demonstrates my commitment to high professional standards.

As a person

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!

I’ve lived on my own here in Stratford since 2001, and I’ve been in the East End of London since 1981; I love the rich mix of people and cultures around here, though I also like to get out of London when I can, even if it’s just riding out to Epping Forest on my bike.

Two ways I can help

As I’ve mentioned on other pages, I may be able to help you improve your life in many different areas, such as improving confidence and self-esteem, coping with anxiety or stress, dealing with mild to moderate depression, getting a good night’s sleep, making sensible decisions, improving social skills, getting rid of an unwanted habit, confidence in public speaking, effective learning strategies, overcoming a phobia.

If you’d like to come and talk with me about any of these issues, I’ll be very happy to see you. You can find all the practical information about how this works and what it costs on my In-Person Counselling page. And on the drop-down menu under this page, you can find more information about my approach to counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and NLP.

If you live outside London, or if for any reason you’d prefer not to meet face-to-face, I also offer online counselling. You can find all the practical details on my Online Counselling page, and on the drop-down menu underneath there is more information about the three main ways of doing online counselling; secure email, Skype chat and Skype video.

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