Michael Friedrich, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Michael Friedrich

Seaton EX12 English, Spanish
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Michael Friedrich, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Michael Friedrich

Seaton EX12 English, Spanish
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My Approach

I work using a combination of Jungian and Psychoanalytic theories. This combination is quite common in the UK and is a method of therapy which aims to increase self understanding and emotional literacy. It therefore helps clients to become less controlled by their past and more honestly self aware. This can help people to make decisions about their lives which are more consistent with their own true needs and help people become the best and truest version of themselves.

I have been using online platforms - more recently Skype, Signal & FaceTime - to provide psychotherapy, counselling and supervision since 2005 and so I'm confident that I can provide an excellent Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Couple Counselling & Supervision service using this type of technology.

I also provide walking therapy in and around Seaton. It is well researched that contact with nature can be beneficial for emotional well-being. Having therapy in a natural environment can therefore feel nurturing and enlivening and bring a sense of holistic well-being for mind, body & spirit.

In the first session I'll ask you about your current difficulty and about your life generally - growing up, school, any losses or other significant events, any relationship difficulties, etc. At the end of this initial meeting, I'll let you know about the following terms and boundaries of the therapy process;

- Payment is by bank transfer, cheque or paypal and is £60 for individual therapy (50 minutes) and £75 for couple therapy (60 minutes) and payment can be per session or at the end of the month.
- Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will usually be charged, unless the session is re-arranged.
-Everything discussed in the session is confidential, unless you disclose something which is about you or someone else being in immediate and serious danger.
-Sessions are usually weekly at a specific time, but they could be more or less frequent, depending on what suits you.
-There is no set amount for the number of sessions and you can end whenever you want.

At the end of this initial session, you decide whether to go ahead with the therapy or you might want to think about it a bit more and let me know after a few days.

During the therapy sessions, you are encouraged to talk about whatever occurs to you, this includes things like; memories, dreams, recent events or anything else that is occurring to you in that moment.

The end result is to help you to better understand yourself so that you’ll be able to be in the driving seat of where your life is going and to enable you to be more ethical - to have more honest integrity - in your interaction with other people and with yourself.

I specialise in teaching psychological techniques which utilise altered states of consciousness such as meditation (currently rebranded as mindfulness), visualisation, yoga nidra and self hypnosis. It is up to the client whether they wish me to teach them these methods therapeutically. The main uses of these methods are;
-To help with stress management when, as part of the therapy, the client is making changes in their internal or external world, which can be very stressful and powerful stress management methods can be helpful as a resource to lend the person the strength to go through difficult processes of change.
-To provide introspective methods which can help the client to become more self aware during the process of therapy.
-To facilitate eliminating old defence strategies such as alcohol use or procrastination and building new, more robust and developmental responses to the world.

I had a successful central London practice using hypnosis between 2000 and 2006 and, although I no longer practice as a hypnotherapist, I teach self hypnosis and I am a member of The British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis.
I have studied and practiced yoga and meditation since 1988 and I use this experience and expertise to teach meditation and yoga nidra.
Jungian techniques include introspective and visualisation methods such as Active Imagination and I use my knowledge and practice gathered over many years to enable me to teach these methods to clients.
As a Chartered Psychologist, I am very well versed in Stress Management techniques which I teach clients.
I teach all of these techniques only if the client wants to use them.

My webpage about this approach is here, https://www.jungianpsychoanalysis.co.uk/stress-management-meditation-visualisation

What I can help with
Abuse, Adoption issues, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Career coaching, Child related issues, Cultural diversity issues, Depression, Disability, Dyslexia related issues, Health related issues, Highly sensitive people, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Narcissistic abuse, Neurological diversity coaching, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development coaching, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Retirement issues, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues.

About Me

I provide Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology and Couple Counselling online from my consulting room in Seaton, East Devon UK - to anywhere, worldwide. I also provide outdoor, walking Counselling & Psychotherapy locally, in and around Seaton. I trained at the Guild of Psychotherapists as a Jungian & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and at City University as a Chartered Psychologist.

I therefore provide Counselling, Psychology and Psychoanalytic & Jungian Psychotherapy Online worldwide and I with in person walking therapy for people living in and around: East Devon, West Dorset & South Somerset.

I also provide supervision.

I qualified as a Psychodynamic Counsellor in 1989, as a Chartered Psychologist in 1996, as a Jungian & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in 2000 and as a Psychoanalytic Supervisor in 2001. I used to work in the NHS for many years, where I was the Clinical Lead of an Individual and Group Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Service and was the Clinical Lead for Chartered Psychologists working in Community Mental Health Teams in Poole and Bournemouth. I have had a private counselling and psychotherapy practice since 1990 and I've been a Visiting Professor, teaching psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychopathology at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic since 2009.


NHS Certificate in Supervision – August 2006

Certificate in Supervision - British Association of Psychotherapists – July 2001

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist – Guild of Psychotherapists – February 2000

Post M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology – City University - May 1996

M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology – City University - February 1994

Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling – The Lincoln Institute - June 1989

Organisational Membership

Chartered Member of the British Psychology Society

Member of the BACP

Member of the UKCP
(The Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis)

Member of the Guild of Psychotherapists

Member of The British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis

I work with

  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Sadness, depression, bereavement, loss, divorce, separation, adoption & boarding school issues are all painful to experience and painful to mourn. All of us probably suffer from depression at some points in our lives. Psychoanalytic & Jungian therapy and Psychological stress management methods provide ways of helping people to process sadness and move forward in their lives.
Neuro-diversity is often discussed nowadays and it is very fortunately to some extent protected and respected within the 2010 Equalities Act. However, it is still little understood or researched and this means that people often do not recognise their own neuro-diversity nor that of people around them. The main forms of neuro-diversity I come across in my work are the following; Dyslexia Visual stress High sensitivity Sensory hypersensitivity Adult ADHD Autism seems also to be a form of neuro-diversity, but I rarely come across it in my work and so I'm not discussing it here. I often see clients who are highly intelligent - in an out of the box kind of way - who have done badly at school. When I ask them about this, it emerges that they have difficulty with reading or writing or that they have very speedy minds, but find it difficult to sit down and concentrate on processing some information or that they feel over stimulated by sound, touch or smells or that they get flashes of light or other visual disturbances when reading or when they come across bright light, flickering light or very contrasting or jarring colours or patterns. I also frequently come across clients who are highly sensitive people - as I discuss in another page of this website. These neuro-diverse clients are usually unaware of this aspect of themselves or, if they are aware of it, are usually negative about it due to having internalised the prejudice meted out against them. The important thing to recognise about these neuro-diversities is that they have negative aspects, for example, difficulty reading, but they also often have positive aspects, such as, out of the box thinking, creativity or visual acuity. It is also important to recognise that neuro-diversity is diverse - each person's profile of neuro-diversity is particular to them. The other thing about these neuro-diversities I'm considering here is that, in my view, they may well be all associated with a highly developed right brain hemisphere and a less well developed left brain hemisphere. I emphasise that this right / left hemisphere understanding of neuro-diversity is is slightly contentious, however, it is embedded in a long history of highly respected research - for example, in 1981 Dr Roger Sperry was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery that the the right and left brain hemispheres process information in very different ways. For me, the most pressing task we have as humans is to become more ourselves - to find out honestly who we are and to optimise our potential to be the best version of ourselves. In terms of neuro-diversity, this means researching our own profile of diversity and accepting and honouring it - like the sea - both the good and the bad - the sunny beach and the raging tempest. Then we can compensate for any difficulties as much as possible and take full advantage of any talent our neuro-diversity brings us. At any one time, a high proportion of my clients are neuro-diverse. As a psychotherapist and psychologist who is myself neuro-diverse, I provide a space where clients can explore and honour their diversity, recover from trauma caused by societal lack of recognition and or denigration of neuro-diversity and prosper as a consequence of being able to recognise, honour and utilise their diversity.
I provide Counselling, Psychology, Couple & Marriage Psychotherapy, Jungian & Psychoanalytic therapy and supervision online from my consulting room in Seaton, East Devon UK - to anywhere, worldwide. I also provide outdoor, walking Counselling, Psychology and Jungian & Psychoanalytic Therapy locally, in and around Seaton. Of course it may seem difficult working online with a therapist you haven't met in person, but, currently, you may have concerns regarding coronavirus or there may not be an appropriately qualified and experienced Psychotherapist or Counsellor working near to you or you may be pressed for time and welcome having therapy from your home or workplace. Also, working in a kind of remote way has a long history within psychotherapy. Freud, in his practice, did not have visual contact with his client during the session, because the client was lying on a high backed chaise longe and Freud's chair faced away from the client. Freud had worked using hypnosis with his clients and had noticed that the couch facilitated greater openness in his conversation with his clients, because they tended to be more relaxed, less inhibited and the hypnogogic mental state tended to help them to access unconscious material. Therefore, when Freud stopped using hypnosis, he retained the couch and his position of being unseen by the client in order to induce a relaxed state of mind in the client and probably for himself as well - because a relaxed state of mind helps the therapist access their own intuitive and feeling response to the client's material. In the comfort of your home, sitting or reclining comfortably, speaking to someone using video or phone - something akin to the relaxed state of mind promoted by lying on the couch can be achieved. My contact details are: ewpsychotherapy@gmail.com Landline 01297 625006 Mobile 07989 000088
Psychoanalytic and Jungian Psychotherapy is very much concerned with relationships, starting with early relationships with parents, so that, if those relationships which the client had with their parents, was fraught, due to, for example, negligence, abandonment, bereavement, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, etc., there is a possibility that the person might continue choosing relationships similar to the early fraught ones. This, of course, is counter intuitive - why would you go from a childhood marked by parentally inflicted trauma to an adulthood marked by partner inflicted trauma? But it does happen. I have witnessed it in the lives of many clients over the 30 odd years I've worked as a therapist. Indeed, Freud wrote a paper in 1914 called, "Remembering, Repeating and Working Through", which outlines this process of people unconsciously choosing to repeat childhood trauma in their adult relationships. This kind of dynamic is, in my view, a major reason why people have relationship difficulties, i.e. that, when we "fall in love", part of the unconscious and conscious rationale is about compatibility - similar sense of humour, physical attraction, intellectual; compatibility, etc., but, in addition to these sensible, "healthy" causes of falling in love, we are often partly swayed by "unhealthy" mistaken reasons - our new partner is abusive, selfish, deceitful, etc. - like our mother or father was or we are terrified of commitment due to losses in childhood or our childhood traumas are influencing our partner choice in some other unhelpful way. Of course there are other reasons for relationship difficulties, such as; a partner having an affair or the illness or loss of a child and all these relationship difficulties can be addressed in therapy.
I provide supervision for counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychoanalytic psychotherapists, Jungian therapists, psychiatrists and students of these professions, online from my consulting room in Seaton, East Devon UK - to anywhere, worldwide. I also provide outdoor, walking supervision locally, in and around Seaton.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Analytical Psychologist - Jungian Analyst
  • Analytical Psychotherapist (Jungian)
  • Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist
  • Psychoanalyst
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Couple Issues
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Gender
  • Identity Problems
  • Infertility
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Obsessions
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Online Counselling
  • Parents
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Private Practice Issues
  • Race Issues
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Sex Problems
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Training
  • Transgender
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Seaton Office

11 Wessiters
Seaton EX12 2PW
United Kingdom

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Fee: It’s £60 for individual therapy for 50 minutes. For two sessions per week it’s £55 per session and for three sessions per week, it’s £50 per session. It’s £75 for couple and family therapy for a 60 minute session. For supervision it’s £60 for 50 minutes on a weekly basis. For fortnightly and monthly supervision, it’s £65.

Concessions: I sometimes have space for concessionary fees


I sometimes have space for concessionary fees

UKCP College

  • Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJAC)
Michael Friedrich

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