Couples counsellor and relationship therapist
Michael holds a postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic couple and individual counselling and psychotherapy which he obtained from the University of East London, taught at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (now Tavistock Relationships) – the world-leading experts in couple therapy and an operational unit of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology.
He is a member of the South African Psychoanalytic Initiative (SAPI), the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation (SAPC) and the Johannesburg Psychoanalytic Association for Couples Psychotherapy (JPACP). The JPACP is affiliated to the Association of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (ACPP) which is based in Cape Town.
Michael is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – the representative government body for therapists in the UK. He is also included on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which is accredited by the Department of Health and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. He works to their standard and strict ethical codes.
Michael has participated in an infant observation course at the Tavistock, and an attachment course at the Bowlby Centre, both in London.
He also recently completed a study course at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Prior to retraining as a psychotherapist, he was a journalist: as a foreign correspondent he was based in New York and Berlin, and then worked as a parliamentary correspondent at Westminster.