About Me

Michael Thorne
Michael Thorne PG. Diploma (consultative supervision), B.Sc. (hons) Psych., B.Mus. (hons), FdA counselling, Accred. HG supervisor, HG.Dip.P., PGCE, ALCM, MBACP, MHGI

Hello, I’m Mike – the owner of Harbour Light Therapy.

Since 1990 I’ve worked as a music teacher and freelance musician. Both careers have enabled me to mix with a wide variety of people and gain an interest into what makes people tick. With this in mind, I felt the need to expand my horizons and develop an interest I have always had in the helping and caring professions – especially in the areas of psychotherapy, counselling and psychology. Becoming a graduate in psychology has given me an appetite for the science of mind and behaviour, while Human Givens psychotherapy provides a practical way of utilising psychological theories to help people directly – identify unmet needs and empowering the individual to get these met as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

My Post Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision now enables me to help and support other therapists, trainees and organisations. I am also an accredited Human Givens supervisor available to help trainees and practitioners.

Now I have my own therapy practice – Harbour Light Therapy – which offers a simple, efficient and personalised service. My therapy is open to anyone wishing friendly, confidential and practical help. Given my employment history, I fully understand the almost continuous stress that can affect teachers and performers. Therefore I can offer customised therapy for those employed in education and the performing arts. This can include help with performance anxiety and stress reduction. I also do some work with Marelli (Llanelli), the DPJ foundation (helping farmers and agricultural workers), Dyfed-Powys police, the Red Poppy Company, Pegasus occupational health, PTSD Resolution, Aviva, Aetna Golbal Benefits, and Vitality Health.

Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my son, walking my dog in the countryside and seaside, listening to music, and reading.

Qualifications (chronological order)

Accredited Human Givens Supervisor from the Human Givens College (Leeds) in 2023 Post Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision from the University of South Wales (Newport) in August 2019
Human Givens Post Graduate Diploma, HG.Dip.P – recognition as a Human Givens Therapeutic Practitioner from the Human Givens College in September 2017
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology (Upper Second Class) from the University of Derby in July 2015
HG.Dip in Psychotherapy (Distinction) from the Human Givens College in March 2015
FdA Counselling (Distinction) from the University of Wales Trinity St David and Coleg Sir Gar in July 2014
Introducing Counselling Skills (Pass) Level 2 BTEC Intermediate Award from Coleg Sir Gar in February 2010
PGCE Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Secondary Music and Science, (Pass) in July 1990 from the University Of London, Goldsmiths’ College (dissertation title: Creativity and the meaning of Intelligence)
B.Mus. (Hons) Music (Upper Second Class) from the University Of London, Goldsmiths’ College in July 1989

Recent courses attended
Solution-focused brief therapy (Mary Gavin)
Attachment Theory (Jayne Timmins)
Stories and Metaphors (Lucy Evans)
Motivational Interviewing (Ian Freshwater)
Psychosexual issues (Linda Durgan/Carmarthenshire Counselling Service – CCS)
Bereavement (CCS)
Neurobiology for counsellors (Jayne Timmins)
Story telling for therapeutic use (Lucy Evans)
Child protection and safeguarding (CCS)
Mindfulness for Wellbeing (Jayne Timmins)
Alexander Technique (Mary Scott & Lucy Evans)
Mindfulness in Human Givens practice (HGC)
CBT with stress and worry (Association for Psychological Therapies – APT)
CBT with depression (APT)
Counselling skills with children and young people (Coleg Sir Gar)

Membership of Professional Bodies
Human Givens Institute (registered member)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (registered member)
University and College Union
Education Workforce Council (EWC)

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