My name is Michael Leunig and I am a Member of the BACP as a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and Accredited with the GHR as Clinical Hypnotherapist and recognised Supervisor. I was born in Germany and due to family circumstances, we moved around a lot. My early life experience, childhood trauma, and then my journey through adulthood, battling depression and anger issues, have helped me to become the therapist that I am today. My healing began with Mindfulness and I became a Mindfulness Master Practitioner, eventually teaching courses to groups and therapists who wanted to incorporate Mindfulness into their practice.
The next step on my journey was following the dream of studying at a University and I enrolled at Salford University. I studied Counselling and Psychotherapy, and one of my proudest moments was achieving a degree, with my family around me on my graduation. Since then I have studied Clinical Hypnotherapy and now I teach courses on this subject. I have worked for Mind, the mental health charity in the UK. Furthermore, whilst working for Mind, I have been involved with the Blue Lights scheme, working with Police, Firefighters, ICU Nurses, and Counter Terrorism Offices. I have worked in various NHS Surgeries across the North of England working with patients through Solution Focused Therapy. Now I am in private practice, and my practice has won multi awards over the past few years for the most caring Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy Practice SME NEWS AWARDS. I currently hold the position as Mind Coach for the Oldham Rugby League Football Team.
However, that is my history and what is really important is, what I can do for you. I believe that it is every bodies birth right to be happy. Yet, sometimes people become stuck, what ever that stuckness may be, either through grief, childhood trauma, divorce, or abuse. I help people to become unstuck, to let go of their past, and to become that which they were always meant to be. I believe that my life experiences place me in a position to be able to walk with you on your journey. No, I do not know how you feel, only you know that. I believe that you already have the answers that you need to move forward, and I would like to help you find those answers.
I work through an integrative approach, using skills from Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behaviour therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Technique, Life Coaching, but most being there for you on your journey.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Forgiveness, Men's Issues, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
BACP Therapist - Registered Member MBACP #377007
The review: he is the best therapist in the world for me!
Written on Nov 15, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes
Er hilft mir sehr, unterstützt mich mich selbst besser kennen zu lernen
Written on Aug 17, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem
Michael has been my therapist for a short time now and it's the best thing that could have happened to me. Michael has a very calm and compassionate manner that makes you feel heard. I am seen and heard as a human being. He recognizes my actual problems and steers me in the direction to look a little deeper here too. I am very grateful to have Michael at my side now.
Written on Aug 14, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management
Mike truly helped me during my coming-out phase. He is really supportive and even knew in the right moment to say something that made me laugh. He is very human and has an empathic approach in his therapy. In my first session I was even able to fully open up myself. I can really recommend Mike as a therapist.
Written on Jun 17, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and family conflicts
Michael is a great therapist and an awesome guy to talk to. I’d definitely recommend him and will continue working with him in the future.
Written on Feb 20, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions
Michael is an empathic and patient therapist I consulted in the matter of dealing with trauma and depression.He did an amazing job at it by beeing super sensitive, calm and responsive .Throughout the entire therapy he always gave me the impression that everybody deserves to be happy, which helped a lot in the process.Also he provided me with valuable tips for the treatment at home.I cannot recommend him enough.
Written on Feb 11, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd