Gabi Michell Pg Dip MBACP.
01495-785684 / 07521835983
I believe that counselling and psychotherapy in a warm, understanding and empathic therapeutic relationship can help you to identify and change areas of your life that are perhaps causing you distress, anxiety, depression and other related difficulties. I can offer an atmosphere of acceptance and a genuine empathic understanding of the problems that you are faced with and together we can explore your past and current experiences and how they may be impacting your life and by doing so gain some new insight into how to live a more fulfilling, balanced life in the present. I also use mindfulness as part of my practice ,not only to help treat anxiety and depression but also as a general aid to living a more peaceful and contented life in the here and now.
I work in a Relational Integrative style which means that I draw on several different therapeutic theories to inform my practice. Cognitive behavioural, which focuses on changing our thought patterns to change the way that we feel, Psychodynamic therapy which explores our past experience and how it impacts the present and Person centred models being the most well known but also including; Mindfulness. I try to tailor my therapeutic style to fit your personality and individual needs. Always keeping your goals at the centre of our work together.
"Experience of therapy - was very positive. Felt quite nervous about doing it at all at first, however talking through issues was very cathartic and, although it dredged up old memories I had tried to forget about, I came away each week feeling much happier and 'lighter'. Although you never actually gave 'advice' on what to do as such, you had a really clever way of nudging me towards a different way of perceiving things and I somehow reached solutions and different ways of doing things without really knowing how I ended up changing my mindset!
New awareness - lots! Came away with a new perception of my relationship with my dad and after feeling v guilty for so many years, it made me realise that I had no need to feel that way. Also, am now able to 'check' myself when issues arise in my marriage and instead of shutting down and not speaking about things, I am able to talk through problems (most of the time!) without disagreements spiralling into a huge row. Definitely have a healthier and more positive relationship with my husband as a result.
Anything done differently or unhelpful - no and no. Was excellent and v positive. Would definitely do it again and recommend others to. I should also add that I tried counselling once before and hated it. Did a few sessions and never went back. I didn't like talking about myself, and found it made me view others in a more negative light afterwards. Counselling with you was the opposite!
Thank you so much for all the help you gave me - it has made a huge difference to my relationship with my dad, my husband and my general sense of happiness as a result."
Client testimonial 2
Experience of therapy
I always felt very supported, encouraged and heard, you listened and just let me talk. It was non judgemental
which was a huge relief to me. I was always able to freely express how I felt, speak about my thoughts and my emotions, your trust was unquestionable and your empathy warm and real. I always left the sessions feeling relaxed and comfortable.
Knowing I have a choice. When I find myself in a place where I don't want to be I am able to stand 'outside of myself' and say, right, this is where this road will take you and this is where that road will take you. I have begun to ask myself the kind of questions you would ask of me.
What was most useful
You guided me with questions, deep thought provoking questions that led the way to a discovery about who I am, where I came from and how I was 'fashioned' if you like.You made various suggestions, such as keeping a journal which I took up almost immediately and which has helped me enormously . I'm still writing in it regularly.
You have helped me so much, thank you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am currently employed part time as a counsellor working with children and young people in Torfaen and for Monmouthshire housing association providing a counselling service for their tenants. My clients present with a variety of problems, ranging from:- Low self esteem, family breakdown, domestic violence, depression, self-harming, anxiety, relationship problems to suicidal feelings.
I am also a counsellor for the charity 2wishuponastar who provide bereavement counselling for their clients
I worked for several years as a counsellor for women's aid, supporting sufferers and survivors of domestic abuse and violence.
Alongside my employment as a counsellor, I also run a private practice. I am an EAP recognised Psychotherapist and I work from a private and comfortable annexe to my home.
I have a postgraduate diploma in Integrative counselling and a postgraduate diploma in counselling children and young people, both from the University of Wales Newport. Both are accredited courses with the University being considered a centre of excellence within Wales for the subject.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I receive regular clinical supervision to ensure that I am working both ethically and in my clients best interests.
I am currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- £40.00 per 1 hour session.
- £50.00 per 1 hour play therapy session.
I am also a qualified children and young peoples counsellor and work with young people aged between 8 and 18 years of age.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments are available from 9am until 6.30pm on Mondays to Fridays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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