Michael Jacobs was for many years Director of the counselling and psychotherapy courses in the Department of Adult Education, University of Leicester. In developing those courses he published a number of key texts which are used in other training courses - notably The Presenting Past (Open University Press, 2006, 3rd edition) and Psychodynamic Counselling in Action (Sage, 2010 4th edition). He has also written a number of other books (Sigmund Freud and D.W Winnicott in the Sage series) and edited three series for Open University Press - such as Core Concepts in Therapy. More recently he has written two books in the UKCP/Karnac series, Shakespeare on the Couch, and Our Desire of Unrest.
Nowadays Michael has a small private practice and has largely decided he has written enough!! He is however a visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Bournemouth University, and he does a small amount of teaching, runs workshops, and works with a number of enterprises related to counselling and psychotherapy. He has also embarked on a Ph.D with the Open University researching psychoanalytic interpretations of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. But he also enjoys the more ordinary world of his home town of Swanage, Dorset, where he is Deputy Station Manager of the local Coastwatch station, and a trustee of a couple of charities, as well as company secretary of Swanage Pier. He teaches a course annually called Film on the Couch, which has a small dedicated following.