My name is Mike Sherrad. I am a qualified Person-centred Counsellor, working since July 2013 with adults of all ages. I am a Member of the BACP (MBACP).
I endeavor to offer a warm, friendly and supportive counselling relationship. I place importance on being non-judgemental, accepting and understanding of your perception of your situation, and respectful of your values and aspirations. I try to be genuine, sincere and transparent in the way I work.
By offering a place where you can feel safe to talk through your thoughts and feelings, I hope to help you to get a clearer understanding and perspective. By talking things through you can gain insight into what concerns you, have an opportunity to reflect on others' point of view, and work towards resolving problems or making changes in your life.
We can all experience difficulties, as a result of specific life events, or as a result of trying to be our true self while living in a social environment. Sometimes we may not know what the problem is, but we are aware of feelings such as anxiety, anger or sadness and need to explore what is causing them.
Some of the specific issues I have experience of working with include: anxiety and depressed mood;confidence and self-esteem; relationships and sexuality and sexuality; ill health, bereavement and loss; isolation; anger etc.
However, sometimes the real concern may only emerge as you feel more confident to talk about it.
It can be difficult to begin a counselling relationship. Our initial contact is an opportunity to get to know each other and decide if we both wish to work together.
I currently work Tuesday mornings, although ad hoc single sessions can sometimes be arranged. My usual rate is £40.
I have worked in a general counselling service in West London, and in a service for people recovering from substance use. Previously I worked as an IT Project Manager/Analyst. I am LGBT affirmative.