Hi, my name is Michelle. I am a Person-Centred Counsellor who uses CBT tools in my private practice. For me, Counselling is about you being the expert on you, and what you need, and we work together to help you find a more comfortable place to be. I see my role as walking alongside you, our relationship being built on honesty and authenticity, in a confidential manner, where we will develop a safe and non-judgemental environment. One in which we can openly discuss what is of most importance to you. Because, in my experience, feeling heard leads to deep and lasting change.
I have a background in the early education sector, where I have gained over a decade’s worth of experience, as the lead practitioner in planning, observing and monitoring children’s education. As a counsellor, I have worked for several organisations over the last four years, offering my services to survivors of domestic violence, with people experiencing addictions, sexual abuse, sexual trauma, and grief and loss. Within these roles I have supported children, young people and adults with bereavement, addictions, depression, anxiety, and those who have experienced CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation).
I am often told I have a youthful appearance, nevertheless, I have much in the way of life experience and personal struggles. Therefore, I can empathise with many of the difficulties of daily life and its strong demands; I have up close and personal experience of supporting children with mental health issues, and severe physical disabilities. As such, I am passionate about supporting others.
I charge £40 per session. I offer a student rate at £30 per session (this is for both students on a counselling course training as a Counsellor, but also for students who are not in training who require support for any other reason), upon production of an appropriate student ID card.
I hold various qualifications:
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 4 Certificate in Counselling: Cognitive-Behavioural Theory
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 2 Award in Helping Skills
Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Skills
Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
Level 6 BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and Education Studies
I have engaged in various continuing professional development:
Working with Shame and Compulsivity
Samaritans and Active Listening
Sudden and Traumatic Death
Awareness in Children and Young People’s Bereavement Care
Approaches to Counselling Children and Young People
I am BACP registered and am fully insured.