Dr Mick Darby (CPsychol) is a HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist who consults to high-achieving clients experiencing performance, behavioural, relationship or emotional challenges and who are committed to improving their performance. He works confidentially and remotely, with clients including senior executives, business owners, elite sportspeople and coaches.
Mick is an award-winning psychologist with over fifteen years’ experience consulting to global leaders across a wide range of organisations and sectors including elite sports teams and blue-chip multinational corporations. He also delivers coaching workshops, seminars and webinars.
Counselling psychology to help navigate life’s challenges
Mick specialises in helping his clients to find direction, achieve career goals, and navigate challenges without being held back by personal and workplace issues. He works with clients to develop psychological resilience in the face of anxiety, burnout, work-related stress, addictions, compulsions, depression, and behavioural issues. Mick’s approach uses a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Mindfulness-based approaches. Mick is passionate about helping clients to redesign their lives to include stronger relationships, rewarding careers, and fulfilling personal lives.
“Psychological therapy can be uplifting, restorative and regenerative. I am here to support each of my clients on their journey towards a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.”
Psychological coaching for wellbeing and high performance
Do you feel compelled to present an image of being mentally, emotionally and physically successful and perceive any type of work performance or relationship issues as failure? Chances are this will lead to denial and avoidance or controlling behaviours that cause you (and those you love) unhappiness and suffering. Some individuals try – in vain – to fight against their unwanted thoughts and feelings by pushing through to achieve the goals they have set. Then, just when they seem to be achieving everything they aimed for, they can feel empty and confused. This paradox may be a result of having goals that are unaligned with your core values. Coaching helps people (and teams) to move past the unintended consequences of perfectionism and high-intensity working environments, to improve performance and discover meaning in their work and personal lives.
The 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). For more details or to arrange a complimentary initial consultation please use the contact form below.
“Coaching is about us working together; sharing and collaborating in order to find workable options for each individual to move towards a more meaningful life, while navigating the challenges that inevitably get in the way.”
Addictions treatment: Moving past unwanted addictive or compulsive behaviours
As a Counselling Psychologist, Mick has worked across numerous NHS community and outpatient services and was involved in designing and implementing an innovative addiction recovery programme for a large London NHS Trust. He now works solely in private practice.
Progress Psychology addictions coaching is designed to help high-performing individuals (and couples) to change repeating cycles of unhelpful behaviours by focusing on what’s important and radically changing their life direction. For some people, the experience of repeating unwanted and unhelpful behaviours can leave them feeling trapped, frustrated, drained or fearful as they feel themselves moving away from being the person they want to be – and as they engage in unhelpful addictions (substance or behavioural) or compulsions these magnify feelings of worry, shame, grief, anger and anxiety.
This evidence-based approach uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mick’s approach uses a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) and Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT) to help clients change their behaviours to build stronger relationships and more meaningful lives. For more details or to arrange a complimentary initial consultation please use the contact form below.
“I work sensitively with my clients to explore their psychological and behavioural patterns so that they can find ways to use less energy fighting themselves and spend more time moving towards a happier, richer life.”
Getting Unstuck Coaching: A unique collaboration with “The Career Psychologist“
The Career Psychologist has brought together a group of coaching, business, counselling and organisational psychologists specialising in leadership, performance, wellbeing and resilience. Together, we offer a range of bespoke team training and individual coaching services to companies and organisations. 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.
If you feel stuck in your career, this process will help you separate what you think you should do from what you really want to do, and give you skills to overcome the anxiety that inevitably comes with change. An interactive 1 page summary of the whole process can be downloaded here. For more details please use the contact form below or visit https://www.thecareerpsychologist.com/.
Mick’s coaching approach combines elements of Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment (MAC) coaching, Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), Marginal Gains Theory and Positive Psychology.
Psychological Training for Coaches and Leaders: Deeper work and stronger alliances
Mick has many years of experience in consulting to a wide range of multinational organisations and enterprises operating across sectors including business services, technology, creative industries, industrial & manufacturing, finance and the third sector.
Psychological Flexibility Coach Training gives coaches, mentors, leaders and mental health support teams the evidence-based skills they need to improve their coaching delivery, performance and effectiveness. This revolutionary approach to coaching complements and enhances any prior professional training. It allows professionals to work with clients experiencing deeper psychological and behavioural issues, which can often emerge in the coaching process (e.g. disengagement due to lack of motivation, distress, hopelessness, anxiety, sadness or anger).
Coaches will develop core behavioural competencies that can supercharge their practice and build stronger alliances with clients. Psychological Flexibility Training (based on Acceptance and Commitment Coaching) is designed to improve coaches’ ability to hold their clients’ emotional pain and confusion, while helping them to navigate towards meaningful professional (and life) outcomes. For more details or to arrange a complimentary initial consultation please use the contact form below.
Mick’s coach training approach combines elements of Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment (MAC) coaching, Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), Marginal Gains Theory and Positive Psychology.
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Progress Psychology uses only tried and tested processes of therapy, coaching and behaviour change, focusing on building mental resilience through Psychological Flexibility (or Emotional Agility), using an evidence-based approach that enhances both wellbeing and performance. Please get in touch using the contact form below to find out more about Progress Psychology Counselling, Coaching and Consulting services.