Michael Avis

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS16-03236

Location: BOVEY TRACEY

Hello,
My name is Michael. I am an experienced therapeutic counsellor working in a person-centred way with an emphasis on empowerment, self worth & developing confidence.

Clients` tell me I am a good listener and have a calm and reassuring voice. Would YOU like to feel properly listened to, in a caring and genuine way, without the sense of being judged ?

I began training as a counsellor when my children had grown up and after twenty five years spent restoring & remodelling old buildings. My interests include: people, the planet and everything artistic. Recently I have experienced positive catharsis through writing songs, playing in a band and participating in a local drama group.

Do you dream of realizing an unfulfilled ambition ? Would you like to be having more fun ?

I support people in identifying & exploring feelings and emotional needs, releasing blocked energy, developing personal power, self compassion and autonomy. Examples of recent client-centered projects include :

Finding the courage to deal with `mother` issues
Exploring and appreciating relationships in a healthier way
Role-play rehearsal for a job interview
Daring to learn new skills
Beginning and completing an autobiography
Getting started playing an instrument
Joining a dance group
Training for an exciting new career
Building a house
And.. much much more !

Feel free to call me or text on 07583 108487 or email, if you prefer to : mickavis@live.co.uk

As a professionally qualified practitioner, I offer you acceptance, confidentiality and unconditional positive regard at all times.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Advanced Diploma in therapeutic counselling

    N.C.S Accredited

    Three years placement with Dartmoor Center for Counselling & Psychotherapy

    Four years providing interactive therapeutic music workshops.

    Six years working with vulnerable young people and vulnerable adults.

    Sixty years of life experience.

    C.P.D study & research areas include :

    * Healthy boundaries
    * Defense mechanisms
    * Stuckness & resistance
    * Abusive relationships
    * Meanings behind dreams
    * Sexual abuse in domestic & work environments
    * Sexual issues
    * Working with body process
    * Grief and loss
    * Infant / Mother developmental relationships
    * Depression & Anxiety / underlying issues
    * Societal Narcissism
    * Parent / Adult / Child ego states
    * Life Script analysis

    Currently in private practice
  • What I can help with
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bullying
    • Driving tests
    • Exams
    • Financial difficulties
    • Job interviews
    • Panic attacks
    • Public speaking: stage fright
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
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