Mic Austen Counselling, Psychotherapy and EMDR
Brentwood, Essex and Online

Trauma-Informed Counselling and Psychotherapy

Offering Online Therapy

EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner

Quote for the month:

“The past effects the present even without our being aware of it” Francine Shapiro

Offering online and in-person support

For online or in-person psychotherapy:
I am an Accredited EMDR Practitioner and trauma-informed psychotherapist and use the latest research in neuro-biology to get to the roots of how you feel, why you feel the way you do and how to change that so you can live the life you want.

I have recently been struck by the messages we tell ourselves: that if we are not happy or we are depressed, anxious, stressed or just feeling bad, that there is something fundamentally wrong with us. <b. In Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry's book: 'What Happened to You', the conversation takes us away from blame and shame that there is something fundamentally wrong with us but to look at how we were treated, how we were loved as a child and how we were treated - this is at the heart of therapy. And if we can address those early, difficult years, we can get to the root of what happened to you so that we can help you to love life and embrace who you are.

Counselling and psychotherapy offer a way to gain insight into our distress and how we come to be how we are - that what happened to us, effected us then, as a child, and continues to effect us in the present.

For really profound change, I now offer EMDR (Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization) a treatment recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. Please see the webite of the EMDR Association . Recent research and developments in neuro-psychology, the brain and body have shown that certain adverse childhood experiences effect the way we live life in the present; the way we deal with change, stressful situations, family breakups, bereavement and lots of everyday situations, in our life now. Insight doesn't necessarily lead to change. EMDR can provide lasting and profound change, not just insight. EMDR can be a quicker and more profound way to deal with a number of common issues such as: depression, anxiety, stress, distress, ptsd, phobias, addictions and many other life-affecting problems. If we assume that these distressing, yet pretty common issues, are the result of deeper problems and earlier distressing experiences, they become easier to 'fix' and their effects are certainly easier to change so that we can live life well.

You may have seen that Prince Harry is currently undergoing his own EMDR therapy for early trauma. There are articles in the press explaining what EMDR is and how it helps here, here and here

Reading and listening to Dr. Gabor Mate and his work on Attachment vs Authenticity has also had a profound impact on how I work. In this 4 minute clip, Dr. Mate explains how we have all survived childhood in particular and life in general - and the compromises we have make in order to survive> This is our adaptive self insight and knowledge, has fundamentally changed the way that I work - focusing on our early attachment experiences and how this effects and infects our daily life and relationships in the present, both our emotional health and our physical and psychological health.

I would encourage you to look at Dr Mate's website: Dr. Gabor Mate and specifically his research on the mind/body connection and his book When the Body Says No

Issues addressed in therapy are:

- anxiety and depression
- problematic personal relationships
- work-place stress
- loss and grief - of a partner, parent, child
- phobias
- addictions
- self-esteem and self-confidence
- ptsd (post-traumatic stress disorder)

In addition, therapy addresses the causes of the 'Functional Diseases' and the alleviation of symptoms from:
Chronic Fatigue
Other unexplained medical conditions

I offer a confidential, supportive and caring space for you to explore what is troubling you so that you can make sense of your life. Whether you are looking for short-term support or want to explore deeper issues, I am experienced in working with a wide range of symptoms from anxiety, depression, low self-worth and self-esteem, childhood abuse and trauma. After our first or second meeting, we would certainly have an idea about how I can help. Please see the page on Counselling and Psychotherapy

My counselling and psychotherapy practice is in Brentwood which is close to Billericay, Shenfield and Chelmsford areas of Essex. I am ideally placed near Brentwood station for easy access to and from Chelmsford, Romford in Essex and London. I also have a practice in London, near Paddington/Maida Vale/Warwick Avenue/Little Venice, within walking distance of Warwick Avenue and Paddington Underground stations, making it easy to travel from the West End, the City and West London.

I also offer online therapy via Bilateral Base, RemotEMDR and Zoom or whichever platform works for you.

Therapy is dependent on the relationship we create and in these troubled times, online therapy offers a safe and comfortable way to get your needs met, whilst remaining in the comfort of your own home.


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Mic Austen MA, MSc, MA, Dip
MA Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
Attachment-Focused EMDR
Advanced Trauma Training
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Brentwood Counsellor and Psychotherapy

Tel: 07445-672295
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UKCP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist
EMDR Accredited Practitioner
Sensorimotor psychotherapy for trauma

Trauma and Dissociative disorders
Individuals, Relationships and Couples Therapist
IMAGO Relationship Therapist

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Brentwood, Shenfield, Chelmsford, Upminster, Hornchurch, Billericay in Essex
Paddington, Maida Vale, Little Venice, Bayswater, West London
United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy

Please see my BLOG for more information on how I work...
Latest BLOG entry is: Counselling and Psychotherapy: What to expect in the first session?

I am an experienced UKCP registered Psychotherapist, Counsellor and EMDR Practitioner working in private practice in Brentwood, Essex near Shenfield, Billericay and Chelmsford and online. Although I used to work in Central London, I now see most clients online.

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Further Links:

For more about Trauma: Essex Psychotherapy
Counselling Directory
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the webite of the EMDR Association

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