Counsellor-Michael-padraig-Acton
W8 6AF, United Kingdom
Florida 33315, United Kingdom
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Face to face counselling
Telephone counselling
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Clients
Young People
Adults
Older Adults
Couples
Families
Groups

Michael Padraig Acton

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Whether patients present to me with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or a mental health issue, I take the guesswork out of getting effective help. By stripping back to the heart of what is going on in their lives, I can help to move them in a positive direction, repairing damaged boundaries, getting them unstuck and anchoring them in their lives once more.

I draw on extensive academic training in psychology and family and couple work, more than two decades of counselling experience (learning many lessons from patients I have met with in many settings) and my own life experiences. I work with mindful awareness and am always alert to the opportunity of uncovering new layers of understanding which often lead to a profound and necessary shift.

I am a published author and am involved in important psychological research.

Date Qualified
Training, Qualifications and Experience

Work Experience

Psychology & Counselling

Private practice

1993 – ongoing

Psychology & Counselling

Voluntary Sector Agencies

1992 – 2012 (20 years)

Various Agencies.

Psychology & Counselling

Relate

1998 – 2004 (6 years)

Relationship Therapy. Couples and Families.

Psychologist

NHS Outpatients Department

1994 – 2004 (10 years)

All categories of trauma, pain management and disablement, including PTSD, physical pain management, sexual abuse, family trauma, young people’s issues (10-21 years), oncology support, HIV/AIDS support, pre- and post- HIV testing support, parenting adaptation and eating disorders management (including obesity).

Psychology & Counselling

Drug & Alcohol Dependency Units

1994 – 2001 (7 years)

Alcohol dependency and drugs (prescription and recreational). Worked in Brighton and Worthing Drug and Dependency Unit, 1997-2001.

Psychologist

NHS Outpatients Pain & Disability Management Department

1994 – 1996 (2 years) Dundee, Scotland. DRI

Severe to moderate impact chronic pain and disability management. Part of pain team consisting of an anesthesiologist, physical therapist, nurses (including Macmillan nurses), occupational therapists and psychologists (including neuropsychologists).

Teacher

Various Schools and Universities

1985 – 1994 (9 years) UK, Middle East, Australia.

English, Maths and Computer Studies. Developed curricula for courses and testing programs including test design and form. Developed Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) laboratories and design function. Lead Teacher at several posts.

Support Nursing Staff

Darenth Park Psychiatric Hospital

1975 – 1979 (4 years) Kent, England

From 12-16 years as Support Nurse in the Children’s ward. Helped with physical and social care needs for patients with organic or socialised severe mental health disorder aged 5-21 years.

University Education

City University of London

Doctorial Studies, Counselling Psychology

2001

Sussex University

Master’s degree, Counselling Psychology

1998

The University of Dundee

Master of Education (M.Ed.), Psychology (Hons)

1992

The University of Stirling

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

1987

Supervision Training

UWE

Counselling Psychology Supervision Training

2010-11

City University of London

Doctorial Studies, Counselling Psychology Supervision,

Group Supervision, Milanian Systemics

2001

Dundee Royal Infirmiary

Department of Clinical Psychology, Supervision Training

1994-5

Continuous Professional Development and Post-qualification Training

Abandonment

ADHD

Adoption Crisis

Anxiety

Business Ethics

Boundary Setting

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (with Christine Padesky)

Cognitive Analytical Therapy

Critical Psychiatry

Depression

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

DSM-IV Analysis

Eating Disorders (including Obesity), Self Harm and Addictions (1996-2003)

Existential Death Anxiety

Gestalt Techniques and Role Play

Good Practice Ethics

Grief and Complicated Grief

Health Practice

ICD-10 Analysis

Institutional Management

Lacanian Interpretation of Psychoanalysis

Narcissist

Organisational Management

Pain & Disability Management

Parent Detachment

Parental Guidance

Psychodynamic Therapeutic Assistance with Internal Governance

Rape & Sexual Abuse

RELATE Couples and Systemic Counselling (1999-2003)

School & University Counselling Programmes

Scientist Practitioner Model, Evidence eBased Practice

Sexuality

Substance and Alcohol Abuse: Motivation for and Cycle of Change (1996)

Suicide Prevention & Completed Suicide Survivors

Supervision Training

Systemic Family Therapy

Transactional Analysis Tools, Insights and Implementation

Transsexuality (pre- and post-op)

Young Person’s Trauma

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
Behavioural therapy
Couples counselling
Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Cognitive therapy
Existential therapy
Family/systemic therapy
Gestalt therapy
Group therapy
Interpersonal therapy
Integrative
Jungian therapy
Mindfulness
Person-centred therapy
Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalytic therapy
Psychosexual therapy
Psychodynamic therapy
Reality therapy
Solution focused brief therapy
Transactional analysis
Transpersonal psychology
Abortion
ADHD
Affairs and betrayals
Alcoholism
Anger management
Anorexia nervosa
Antisocial personality disorder
Anxiety
Asperger's syndrome
Avoidant personality disorder
Bereavement
Body dysmorphic disorder
Borderline personality disorder
Behaviour problems
Binge-eating disorder
Bipolar disorder
Bulimia nervosa
Bullying
Cancer
Career counselling
Carer support
Child related issues
Childhood bereavement
Childhood bullying
Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
Drug abuse
Depression
Dependent personality disorder
Depression and anxiety in children
Disabilities
Dissociation
Domestic violence
Eating disorders
Emotional abuse
Family issues
Feeling sad
Gambling
Gender dysphoria
Generalised anxiety disorder
Health anxiety
Hearing voices
Histrionic personality disorder
HIV/AIDS
Hoarding
Internet addiction
Loneliness
Low self-confidence
Low self-esteem
Miscarriage
Narcissistic personality disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
Panic disorder
Paranoia
Paranoid personality disorder
Passive aggressive behaviour
Personality disorders
Phobias
Psychosis
Physical abuse
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Schizophrenia
Schizoid personality disorder
Schizotypal personality disorder
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce
Self-harm
Separation anxiety
Sex problems
Sexuality
Sexual abuse
Sex addiction
Smoking
Spirituality
Stress
Suicidal thoughts
Redundancy
Relationship problems
Trauma
Work-related stress

By appointment – please telephone or email

Individual £140.00
Couple £160.00
Family £240.00

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