Award-winning psychologist | Performance | Anxiety and Burnout | Addictions

Dr Mick Darby (CPsychol) is a HCPC-registered and BPS Chartered Counselling, Coaching and Business Psychologist in private practice with over 15 years experience consulting to high-achievers, executives, elite sportspeople, entrepreneurs and others. He works confidentially and remotely to help his clients manage their behavioural, emotional, relationship or neurodiversity challenges; or to improve wellbeing and performance. 

Mick has a global client base and also sees a small number of clients face-to-face in the UK, where he is based. Most of his clients prefer the flexibility of online delivery. As someone who has personally managed mental health issues and successfully navigated mid-life career change, he brings a breadth of lived experience to all his counselling and coaching work.

Mick is a recipient of the Australian Psychological Society Prize for excellence in psychology and has pioneered the effective online delivery of a remote, home-based addictions treatment for busy clients who prefer not to attend in-patient, residential or group rehab programmes. He also delivers seminars and workshops to organisations and teams.

“I work sensitively with my clients to help them explore ways to use less energy fighting themselves and spend more time engaging in a happier, more fulfilling and enjoyable life.

Psychological therapy (to navigate life’s challenges)

Mick provides psychological therapy to help his clients find direction, achieve goals and navigate challenges without being held back by personal and workplace issues.

His evidence-based approach helps clients to develop psychological resilience and optimise their performance in the face of anxiety, burnout, work-related issues, addictions, compulsions, depression and many behavioural issues. Through targeted coaching and counselling, it can be possible for anyone at any stage of life to build more meaningful, enjoyable and productive lives.

Mick grounds much of his work in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which is effective in developing psychological flexibility for: Burnout, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders; Addictions, compulsions and alcohol/substance use disorders; Adjustment disorders, trauma and relationship issues. Many of Mick’s clients are neurodivergent. For more details or to arrange a complimentary initial consultation please use the contact form below.

“Psychological therapy can be uplifting, restorative and regenerative. I am here to support each of my clients as they navigate the challenges that inevitably get in the way of leading the life they want to live”

Psychological coaching (performance, wellbeing, career)

Mick is an experienced Coaching Psychologist who uses Acceptance and Commitment Coaching (ACC) to help high-performers and insecure over-achievers improve emotional agility, workplace performance, work-life balance and wellbeing. This helps people (and teams) to move past the unintended consequences of anxiety, perfectionism and high-intensity working environments, to improve performance and discover meaning in their work and personal lives.

Mick’s coaching process helps transform current crises into opportunities for self-growth, where individuals uncover hidden values and start behaving more like the person they want to be.  It specifically targets the behavioural patterns that lie behind psychological issues, so clients use less energy fighting against themselves and spend more time moving towards a more meaningful and enjoyable life (while embracing the inevitable suffering that comes along with it).

“My approach involves working together; sharing and collaborating in order to find workable options for each individual to move towards a more meaningful life

Mick also collaborates with a group of coaching, business and organisational psychologists through The Career Psychologist, to offer a range of bespoke team training and individual coaching services. One such course is Getting Unstuck, a rigorous, 5-step process which helps our clients identify which direction would suit them best and move forward with purpose. For more details or to arrange a complimentary initial consultation please use the contact form below.

Remote addictions treatment (online delivery)

Mick has pioneered the online delivery of addiction services to high achievers, through Progress Psychology. This is popular amongst clients who prefer not to attend group or residential rehab and who can access treatment remotely, on work from home days. This helps with drug or alcohol addiction or dependance, behavioural addictions (such as gambling, porn or internet use) and compulsive behaviours.

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“I recognise that reaching out to access help for yourself or a loved one can feel uncomfortable. I will do my best to work with compassion and professionalism to make this process as easy as possible for you”

Please get in touch using the contact form below to find out more about Dr Mick Darby’s Psychological Counselling and Coaching services, online addictions treatment services and training seminars.

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