"Turning Points" Counselling Centre

Mental Health Counselling & Consulting


Mickey          AMHSW Logo          AASW ACSW Logo    AASW Clinical SW

Mickey Skidmore initially founded “Turning Points” Counselling Center, Inc. in 1989 in the USA. He served as its President & Executive Director before shuttering his practice in 2011 to come to Australia. After working at Liverpool Hospital for a little more than eight years he is culminating his dream of re-establishing “Turning Points” Counselling Centre in Australia. His practice currently emphasises distance therapy via tele-health service delivery; however he provides face-to-face clinical consultation and supervision at 91 Phillips Street (level 6) in Parramatta, NSW.

Mickey Skidmore is a Clinical Social Worker who is also recognised as an individual, group and family psychotherapist and private practice consultant. Previously, he was also recognised as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). He currently holds credentials as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Accredited Clinical Social Worker with AASW, and is a member of the Clinical Division of the Australian College of Social Workers. He was previously an Accredited Mediator with the Australian Mediation Association. He has a longstanding interest in Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis & Psychotherapy and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in the USA for more than 25 years before coming to Australia.

Mickey received his BSW (Bachelor of Social Work degree) in 1984 and his MSW (Master of Social Work degree) in 1986 from East Carolina University. Most recently, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Mediation in June 2017. He has 35 years of clinical experience in both public & privates sectors of service delivery. He has direct experiences with both in-patient & out-patient health care settings; as a professor for more than 10 years at several colleges and universities; as a Clinical Director in an acute care psychiatric hospital setting; as a teacher/trainer of mental health professionals; and as a private practice consultant.

He emphasises a clinical focus on grief & loss and associated issues of depression and anxiety. Given his extensive experience he enjoys providing therapeutic services and supervision to other mental health providers, physicians and professionals. Ericksonian methods emphasise the blending and utilisation of clinical hypnosis with the incorporation of multiple focused psychological approaches in strategic fashion. While being client centred, he has found solution focused approaches to be among the most effective and powerful approaches for a wide range of issues.

His clinical training and experience as an Advanced Generalist however, has fostered competence, skill and abilities in many therapeutic modalities (i.e. individual or casework; group work; couples work; family system’s; agencies; organisations; & communities), and proficiency in working with people across the life span (children; teens/adolescents; young adults; adults; and geriatrics). During this time he has also become knowledgeable with a variety of therapeutic approaches, including:

Behavioural Therapies: (RET; CBT; DBT; CPT)
Brief/Solution-Focused Therapies
Developmental Therapy
Gestalt Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy

Motivational Interviewing
Narrative Therapy
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
Play Therapies
Psychodynamic Therapy
Relational Therapy
Strategic/Structural Family Therapies
Supportive Therapy
System’s Theory
Transactional Analysis (TA)

Mickey’s clinical practice will emphasise service delivery in the following focus areas:

  1. private face-to-face consultations with individuals & families.
  2. private tele-health and distance therapy consultations.
  3. private face-to-face clinical supervision consultations.
  4. private tele-health and distance supervision consultations.
  5. professional training programs (workshop/seminar presentation for CPD).
  6. contractual service & consulting for agencies/organisations.

Mickey is no longer providing the Family Dispute Mediation (FDRP) services; however continues to be available for Child-Inclusive consultations [Therapeutic Child Specialist Consult Services].

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