Michael Burnell

Michael Burnell

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Shepton Beauchamp

07989 413183

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Shepton Beauchamp

07989 413183

About me

I have a wide range of experience gained during over 20 years working with people and their personal and professional life challenges. Additionally I am well versed in nurturing team work and developing personal empowerment.

I came to counselling through a number of life experiences, crises and changes which prompted a desire to understand myself and my life history better. Initially I trained with the Samaritans before gaining Diplomas in Therapeutic and Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I also hold a BSc (Hons) degree which is unrelated to counselling.

Through counselling privately and within local agencies I have worked with people from many walks of life, and all ages who are experiencing emotional, mental or relationship difficulties perhaps because of loss, bereavement, illness, a life crisis, a transition, work difficulties or relationship problems. Some just have a general sense of unhappiness or dissatisfaction or simply a desire to know themselves more deeply.

I hold an holistic approach to counselling which is underpinned by a belief that people know themselves better than anyone else and given the right support and conditions will naturally move towards well-being. Through supporting you and your needs we can together develop a uniquely tailored therapy that creates improved harmony and a better balance for you –whether that be emotionally, intellectually, practically or spiritually.

I’m experienced in short, medium and long term therapy and work in an integrative and creative manner drawing on a number of counselling models in order to assist you to reach the best possible outcome you can. I have particular experience with those who are affected by depression and low self-esteem; work related stress, anger and anxiety; dealing with ill-health and disability; grief and bereavement as well as relationship difficulties, both with ourself and others.

I cater for clients in the South Somerset region and am based in and around Ilminster. Sessions are totally confidential and are held in comfortable, quiet and safe rooms. I am also able to offer sessions over a wider area via telephone and Skype. Please ask if you have difficulty funding counselling as some concessions are available.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and work within their ethical guidelines.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Related Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)
  • Workshop in How to Teach Understanding Substance Misuse (USM –L2)
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)              
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2)                  
  • NLP Within (Foundation Course)
  • Samaritans Training

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The fee for individual counselling per 1 hour session is £45.

The fee for couples counselling per 1 hour session is £65.

Some client circumstances may qualify them for concessionary rates. A limited number are available – please ask for details. There are reduced rates for student counsellors.

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Further information

I have counselled in a number of agencies including South Somerset Mind and St Margaret's Hospice and have facilitated group Anger Management courses.I have experience of running other group / workshops and as a tutor for counselling training. I have worked with student counsellors at diploma level.

Maps & Directions

Ilminster, TA19

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


You can see me for sessions during weekday day-time and early evenings. A limited number of weekend sessions are available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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