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Michael Acton-Coles: Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Author

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Do you or someone you know need help?

Whether you present to me with anxiety, relationship issues, depression, bipolar disorder or a mental health issue, I take the guesswork out of getting effective help. By stripping back to the heart of what is going on in your life, I can help to move you in a positive direction, repairing damaged boundaries, getting you unstuck and anchoring you in your life once more.



Drawing on extensive academic training in psychology and family and couple work, together with more than two decades of counselling experience (learning many lessons from patients I have met with in many settings) and coupled with my own life experiences. I work with mindful awareness throughout our counselling work together. I am always alert to the opportunity of uncovering new layers of understanding which often lead to a profound and necessary shift.


Articles & Writings

I have written numerous articles on psychological subjects including anxiety, codependency, depression, gender dysphoria, parenting and relationships.



I am currently working on the second book from my 'At the Chalkface of Therapy' series, each title dedicated to demystifying the field of counselling therapy, blending anonymised case studies from my clinics with a lucid overview of various psychological issues as well as practical tips. The first book: 'Narcissism & Co-Dependency: Both Sides of the Coin' is available via Amazon and the Apple iTunes store.



I have also recently been honoured to have been granted a chapter in a new book authored by Elizabeth Schwartz, a formidable name in advocacy for family and relationship law.


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Usually you are reading this column because for some reason you feel that you cannot cope or that things cannot stay the same; there needs to be a change.

The situations that bring us to this point of needing to 'do something' and consider counselling include:

  • The loss of someone you love.
  • Cataclysmic trauma.
  • Life-threatening illness.
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
  • Being alone and feeling lonely and unhappy.
  • The break-up of an intimate relationship.
  • The loss of a job and retirement.
  • Coming out.
  • A major life event.
  • Alcohol or substance abuse that has a hold over you.

Or there might not even be a specific reason.