Counselling - One to One
Healthworks Practitioner: Michael Hawkins
Tel: 01309 671552
I have substantial and lengthy experience having worked in both a private practice, Healthworks in Forres, and NHS setting - providing a weekly Counselling clinic at Nairn's Town and County Hospital. I also work for various EAP organizations and Charities.
Another platform for my work is through online Counselling, both synchronous and asynchronous: emails, Video (VSee & Skype) and IM (Instant Messaging.) I have a Diploma in Online Counselling (OCST). I also offer Solution-Focused Brief Counselling.
I am dedicated to helping people make those choices that can improve the quality of their life - starting from the inside out.
I have a Diploma in Counselling, and an Advance Training Certificate course in Couples Counselling, gained at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. Couples/relationship counselling, is a special interest of mine and is a substantial element of my Counselling work. Please see my other Practitioner's page for more information on Couples work.
I have ongoing professional development, CPD, and have taken courses and trainings in Mindfulness and, where appropriate, bring this, and a meditative approach, to counselling sessions.
Also, I have over 20 years' experience in facilitating/leading therapeutic/personal transformation groups and leading conferences on healing and self-development. Not least, I have considerable life experience.
I am an Accredited and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.)
The Cornerstone of my Approach
Deep empathic listening and a desire to help empower whoever I work with is the cornerstone of my Counselling practice, anchored in the theory and vision of the person-centred approach. My way of working is both humanistic and transpersonal.
How Counselling Can Help You
It is not easy to deal with overwhelming problems and painful, troubling feelings. The Counselling hour offers a professional, safe, neutral, confidential environment in which to do so.
As well as helping foster good emotional and mental health Counselling can help us to develop our self-awareness and to understand why we react to certain people and situations in the ways we do. Working with a Counsellor who is non-judgmental enables us to safely explore those areas of our lives where we would like to see changes take place.
Counselling also helps to bring things which are out of, or on the edge of, our awareness into full awareness, which can then be explored in more depth.
Who Can It Help?
Person-Centred Counselling is noted for and characterised by its focus on the relationship between client and counsellor. It is for anyone wanting to make changes in their life, know themselves better, feel more comfortable in their skin, become more fully human. For anyone needing someone to listen deeply, attentively to them, perhaps as never before.
Clients I Work With
Adults; one-to-one, Couples, EAPs, Charities, Organizations.
Life Issues I Deal With
All issues that span the immense range of everyday human experience, from abuse, to wondering what to do, where to go next and the quest for a more fulfilling life.
How Long And Often?
Weekly sessions usually last an hour and longer for Couples/Relationship Counselling. In length Counselling can be short term and focussed, lasting a few weeks, or long-term, where clients choose to explore deeper issues. This can last for several months or longer. The same applies to Online Counselling.
I am an Accredited and registered member with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: www.bacp.co.uk.
I work within the BACPs Ethical Framework and am required to have monthly Counselling Supervision.
This is necessary to monitor the work of Counsellors and to ensure the safety of Clients. Clients' identities are not revealed during Supervision but some Client issues may be discussed, in order to find the best possible way of helping the Client.
For further information or to make an appointment, please contact Michael, as above.