Mr Mike Jackson

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS15-02297

Location: Bridgwater

Mates in Mind

If you are looking to find someone to talk to and be able to discuss
something that maybe worrying you, you feel anxious about or you maybe distressed about and feel that talking to someone in confidence can help you.

I can provide you with a confidential space to talk about those things that you may not have been able to talk about with others around you. I am based in Somerset and provide counselling for anyone that would like to discuss their problems or issues they may be facing at the moment. 

Decision on Counsellor: It can be hard to make that decision on which counsellor is right for you and that decision can not be made lightly because you need to make sure that person that you are about to share your truly personal life is someone you can definitely work with. To ensure you can make the right decision I provide 30 minutes on the phone or 30 minutes in my counselling room to ensure you feel comfortable in the environment and surroundings to be able to say to yourself I am the right counsellor for you. Please read through what I can provide below to see the sorts of things you can bring to me to talk about.

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 my skills and abilities to give to those that want to change or help with change that has happened in their life to assist them in that change but ensuring that it is you that is empowered to do this.

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 in Taunton & West Somerset, Marie Curie in their emotional support service and St Margaret's Hospice counselling relatives in bereavement. I have also gained experience supporting carers at Carer's Trust Phoenix in Weston-Super-Mare and also supporting young people in a school environment in Somerset. My career has also involved working with and support young people on the autistic spectrum.

What I can work with: Throughout my career I have worked with men, women and young people for a range of different reasons that they wanted to come to talk about. I work with people and treat people as individuals and would work with you in a compassionate and caring way to allow you to resolve what is going on for you. 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 stuff 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 and 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 which can make life more what we want it to be, also making us more resilient in future.

Counselling for Men: I find that different people come to see me on the whole but men do approach me and feel I can relate to them with what is going on with them. Including an extensive background and knowledge in mental health I have a background around careers in catering and also working for construction companies. This gives me a perspective of how it may be working in an environment that has pressures in different ways to other industries. It maybe hard to think that some people don't get the way of being in an industry and may not understand you.

Stressful Life: Life can feel like a challenge with everyday or extraordinary circumstances that may affect you, life may become stressful and in some cases overwhelming that we can't cope with those things that others are able to cope with. This maybe due to a job, no job, life circumstances and we can talk about those things and try to come to some sort of resolution.

Bereavement & Loss: I have experience counselling people around bereavement and loss. This can be for a number of reasons through loss of a loved one or relationship breakups and losing friendships. Maybe you are finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened and you need some space to talk about your process around the situation. Having a place to talk in confidence with me can help you through the feelings you might be facing in this situation.

Sexuality & Orientation: Other areas that people may find comfortable in approaching to talk to me about is their sexuality or maybe confusion with who they are right now or in the past. People feel they are able to talk about those subjects that they feel they can't talk to others or another professional about regarding their orientation or their curiosities which might be affecting their way of being. This may include feelings of being gay, bisexual or identifying in other ways in terms of someone’s orientation or gender. This can be a really hard subject to approach when you haven't spoken about it to anyone else but if you have the trust in a counselling relationship you may find talking about it in confidence can be that first step of processing what is going on for you.

Terminal Illness or long term conditions: I have worked supporting people with a terminal illness, those caring for people who have a terminal illness and supporting those family and friends after someone has died from a terminal/life limiting illness. You may be finding it hard to deal with the news of a family member, friend or yourself having a condition of this nature. The loss of someone close to you can be extremely hard to cope with but when it is right to talk to someone you may find it helps you talk about how it was and how it is now.

Adolesents and Autism: I have background in working with the adolescents. I have provided counselling for young people for a few years regarding a range of subjects and reasons that they might need counselling. I have alsoworked with young people that have an Autistic Spectrum Condition. I have worked supporting young people with this condition and have training around the Autistic Spectrum so have some understanding of how it can be for people that are diagnosed or are close to someone who is on the spectrum.

Physical Symptoms: I believe that our physical symptoms can also be something that affects us in life and talking around this subject and what the physical symptoms do to us can be a part of the work we talk about. It is sometimes hard for others to accept we are feeling those symptoms and what they may represent, but having someone listen about what is going on for you can help. The physical symptoms can stop us from doing the things we used to be able to do and this can make life hard to carry out day to day tasks. Talking to someone about this and looking at what these physical symptoms do or feel like can help us manage them better sometimes.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    I am a qualified Counsellor to Diploma Level 5, I also have a diploma in Mindfulness.

    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 Therapy
    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
    • Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
    • 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
    • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
    • Relationships
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Spirituality
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
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