Mick Herbert psychotherapist and addiction counsellor

Mick Herbert

Psychotherapist, Addiction Counsellor

Professional Qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • PG Dip. Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (WPF Therapy, London)
  • Registered member, BACP

Professional Statement:

I’m a fully-qualified Psychodynamic psychotherapist.

I also ran a derivatives trading team before training as a psychotherapist, so I understand the high-pressure modern work environment and what it can take to maintain emotional balance in contemporary life.
I’m co-founder and Director of The Courtyard Garden Psychotherapy and Counselling practice in Victoria, where my colleagues and I now see over 120 people a week for ongoing psychotherapy in private practice.

As a member of the BACP, my clinical work is consistent with the highest ethical standards required of this professional body.

Personal Statement:

As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I’m interested in how your past experiences may have shaped your current behaviour. We’ll think together about your significant childhood relationships, and how they may have a bearing on any current distress. We’ll consider your relationships with yourself, with others – and with me in the room.
I work with most general mental health disorders – depression, anxiety and anger issues – but I’m also particularly interested in the areas of loss and bereavement.
For more than twenty years I’ve also been helping people battle addictions, and I understand the emotional challenges involved in achieving long-term sobriety. If you’re acknowledging that addiction is an issue for you, let’s think together about why you “act out”. Why do you use alcohol or drugs in ways that prove self-destructive? If you can gain more understanding about your addiction, you’ll be more able to make healthier choices. It’s likely that you reach for something external in an attempt to deal with emotional issues that feel overwhelming. In our work together, you’ll build a stronger sense of self – a more robust internal sense of safety – so that you’ll be better able to tolerate situations or feelings that now make you fall into active addiction.
My training was based in the analytic tradition, but I’m on the relational scale of things – warm and welcoming. If appropriate, there can be humour in the room. Our sessions will feel like a safe conversation, where you’ll be able to speak freely about your concerns.

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