Throughout his professional career, Michael has delivered highly skilled approaches to personal and emotional change, engaging in a warm and friendly, person-centred approach.
Michael holds an Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from Queens University Belfast and is committed to continuing professional development to provide the best service for his clients.
He helped establish the Drug Outreach Team (DOT) in 2003, which was later incorporated into the Belfast Trust. DOT offer a wide range of services to support clients tackle such diverse issues as gaining access to treatment, housing and homelessness, health, debt resolution, and liaising with other agencies. DOT is informed by Harm Reduction and Client Centred principles, putting clients at the heart of all decision making. Michael has undertaken many specialised courses to maintain high professional standards. These courses include: drug and alcohol addictions, working with Personality Disorders, Mentalization-Based Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, ASSIST suicide training and Naloxone overdose training.
Michael has also worked with New Life Counselling Service as a volunteer and sessional counsellor, dealing with issues such as: stress, depression, relationship problems, self image, trauma, bereavement, addiction.
Michael is an accredited member of BACP, which means that his professional counselling practice has been approved by BACP.
- Essex Institute
- Northern Regional College
- University of Strathclyde
- Anna Freud Centre
- University of Central Lancashire
- Open University
- Dublin Institute of Technology