Mike Jackson | Accredited Counsellor | Bridgwater | NCS

Mike Jackson

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS15-02297

Location: Bridgwater

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Hello welcome to my profile.

Hopefully by reading my profile you will be able to understand the type of counsellor I am and if I would be the right person for you to get you to a better place with whatever you are facing.

If it helps give me a call and we can chat through what you are looking for.

Style of Counselling: I am a person centred counsellor using an integrative framework, which means that I provide the space for you to be able to be yourself and explore what you would like to in a confidential and safe setting. I feel being integrative in my approach provides you with the space that is also adaptable to ensure I am able to provide you with what you want to be able to grow or discuss something that has affected you.

My passion in life is to help others using the skills and abilities I have built on to give to those that want to change. It might be that I help with change that has happened in your life. I can assist you in that change but in doing so I ensure that it is you that is empowered to do this. This is important because then you find your resilience and your resolution.

I am able to provide a confidential space for you to talk about those things that you may not have been able to talk about or resolve with others around you.

I am based in Puriton in Somerset near Bridgwater & Burnham on Sea. There is easy access from the M5 motorway, free parking and also a confidential quiet place to enter and leave the counselling session if that is important to you. My counselling room is 15 Minutes from Weston-Super-Mare junction, 15 minute from Taunton junction and less than 10mins from Burnham-on-sea junction. 25 minutes from Glastonbury.

Face to Face Counselling
As mentioned I can provide face to face counselling in my counselling room. For anyone worried about having counselling face to face due to recent times I have ways of working that can help reduce any risks. Please do ask me what I am doing when you contact me.

Online or telephone counselling:
I provide face to face counselling but some people find that online counselling and telephone counselling works better for them. If people have busy lives then online counselling can save time by not needing to travel to come and see me. I have worked with supporting people over the telephone or through video calls for a while now and understand best practices when working with someone in this way. This method of counselling from my experience can be as effective if not more effective than face to face for some people. We can discuss how online or telephone counselling might help you.

For more information please take a look on my website or contact me.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor to Diploma Level 5, accredited with National Counselling Society and have been working supporting and counselling people in the charity sector and in private practice for a number of years. I provide counselling for men or women as well as young people.

    I also have a diploma qualification in Mindfulness so I am able to help people deal with anxiety, physical symptoms and other conditions by understanding some simple techniques they can use to reduce these.

    My varied Experience: I have a varied and experienced career in emotional support for people in different circumstances through mental health services, charities and private practice.

    Having worked for Mind (Mental Health Charity) in Taunton & West Somerset, Marie Curie in their emotional support service and St Margaret's Hospice counselling relatives in bereavement. I have also worked for a charity that emotionally support people that have experience a traumatic death of a loved one and need to attend a Coroners' Court inquest.

    Some of my other experience was through supporting carers in a charity in Weston-Super-Mare and also supporting young people in a school environment in Somerset.

    My career has also involved working with and supporting young people on the autistic spectrum. I have experience working in the hospitality industry, in construction and the highways agency and local authorities.

    My focus has been on building my knowledge around mental health and supporting people by staying up to date with latest ways of supporting people in their life when it can feel like we don't understand what is going on for us. When we do start to understand this is when we can make those changes for ourselves and get to a better place with it.

    What I can work with: Throughout my career I have worked with men, women and young people for a range of different reasons.
    My approach is treating each person as an individual in a compassionate way to allow that person to resolve what is going on for them. I believe you have the key for the solution you just need someone to walk by your side to hear what is going on and for you to share your story safely.

    People look after their physical health by going to the gym or exercising so they can improve their physical fitness for their goals in life. I believe if we look after our mental health and wellbeing by going to talk to someone and processing it we can also improve and support ourselves to a healthier way of being promoting a our resilience when something crops up in future.

    Other areas of training I have carried out include:
    • Mental health
    • Trauma
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Suicide Prevention Skills
    • Therapy for men
    • Obsessional Compulsive Disorder – Cognitive Behavioural
    • Counselling Children and Young People
    • Cutting edge Connections between Spirituality & Psychotherapy
    • Vicarious Trauma
    • Mindfulness Therapy
    • Working with people who Self-injure
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Eating disorders
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Relationships
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Spirituality
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
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