About Us

Michael Hartley, RMN, BSc(Psychol), CTA, UKCP Reg

I have a relaxed, warm manner and am compassionate and accepting of people and enjoy helping people reach their potential. I gain deep satisfaction from supporting people in their growth and development and enjoy witnessing people make the changes that they want to make.

I have a good understanding of human struggles and a wealth of psychological knowledge which informs my work. I draw on my experience from psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy which I find invaluable. This variety of experience enables me to help people address and work through their deep psychological issues.

From 1985-89 I worked in a progressive child psychiatric unit in Leeds. In 1989, after gaining valuable grounding in working with children and families I then commenced my training as a psychiatric nurse. After qualifying as a Registered Mental Nurse I started a psychology degree and my training as a psychotherapist with the plan to also train as a Clinical Psychologist. I graduated in Psychology in 1996 and then started building my psychotherapy practice. I now have a thriving practice and I work with a variety of people from different social and economic backgrounds, with differing psychological and emotional needs.

I believe our early relationships influence our current relationships; the decisions we make about ourselves, during our childhood, influence our decision making processes today. It’s as though our early experiences become an unconscious blueprint for our life today. My work with children helped me understand this principle and see how our personalities develop through our relationships and interactions.

The profession of psychotherapy places great importance on gaining self-knowledge by undergoing ones own psychotherapy. I was more in harmony with this philosophy than the psychiatric and psychology philosophies I was previously more familiar with. I felt such conviction about how psychotherapy can help people that I decided not to pursue my original ambition of becoming a Clinical Psychologist and focussed on developing myself as a psychotherapist.

I believe psychotherapy has a great deal to offer in finding a way through our difficulties because it has equality at it’s core. It is not about taking a one up position – therapist as expert telling someone how to live their life. It is about realising that we all have similar fears and face similar difficulties and challenges in life; and with empathy, care and support we can find a way through our struggles.

Please contact me on 07941 488851 or Email Me to discuss your needs and how I may be of help.

My Qualifications

Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) York Teaching Hospital 1989-1993
Psychology Degree (BSc) Lancaster University 1993-1996
Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) 1994-1998

Places of Work

Kanner Childrens Unit, High Royds Hospital, Leeds 1985-1989
York Teaching Hospital 1989-1993
York NHS Trust 1996-1998
Leeds Psychotherapy 1998 – present

Memberships

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
The Couples Institute

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Paul Schofield. Counsellor/Psychotherapist

A BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Accredited and Registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist with over 15 years’ experience in supporting clients from diverse backgrounds, providing short and long term therapy on a very wide range of issues, including:

Depression, anxiety and panic attacks, relationship problems, low-self esteem, loss and bereavement, addiction, obsessive compulsive problems, trauma and phobias.

Paul trained as an Integrative Counsellor though adopts an eclectic approach consistent with his experience. Influences include Gestalt, solution- focused and cognitive behavioural models, the use of Mindfulness, and in particular the Human Givens model developed by Psychologist Joe Griffin and therapist Ivan Tyrrell. He has also trained in Hypnotherapy which, when appropriate, he integrates within his Counselling practice (for example,when treating phobias).

Paul provides support to both privately and organisationally referred clients – such as BUPA  and is experienced in working within the contractual protocols and standards demanded by EAP’s and Insurance companies.

He works within the BACP Ethical Framework to provide Counselling which is non-judgemental, confidential and fully in the service of his clients.

In addition to offering private Counselling he worked for many years as a member of Kingston University Counselling Service with students and staff, as a Counsellor and Mental Health Advisor. Latterly he has worked as a Student Counsellor at the University of London Birkbeck College. He has also worked in the addictions field as a Counsellor for Kingston Addiction Support and Care Agency.

Paul Talks about emotional needs here: YouTube

How can I Help?

Talking problems through with loved ones, friends or family may sometimes be what is needed, but this might not always be possible or even appropriate.

Talking with someone who is trained to deal with psychological (and sometimes associated physical) distress offers the chance for a person to gain a greater understanding of themselves and their problems. This confidential conversation can potentially help us to see things that we haven’t previously been aware of, to view things from a new perspective and open up new choices.

There is rarely a ‘one size fits all’ solution, but Counselling can sometimes offer concrete and specific ways to approach problems such as low self-esteem, worry, anxiety and depression. I may therefore at times offer suggestions, information and advice, and in this I’m informed by an up-to-date understanding of how certain problems occur and perpetuate.

Equally, sometimes the relationship developed with a Counsellor may itself play a central role in repairing old hurts, in changing the way we feel about ourselves, and also as a result our relationships with others.

It is the willingness of both parties to explore the difficulties which can produce the solution, and to this I bring my skills, knowledge and experience, warmth and compassion.

Following an initial brief telephone conversation I offer a stand-alone meeting for you to get a feel of what it’s like to work with me, and for me to assess if I can potentially assist you. If I think I can help, you may choose to arrange further sessions, or take time to reflect on if you would like to do this.

Begin the process of change for yourself and contact me on 07857 485722 or Email Me