Michaela Gill (Registered MBACP, Dip Counselling)
I am a qualified and experienced person centred counsellor.
I am here to listen and to help you find a way through your problems.
If you feel lost or confused, anxious, afraid or overwhelmed, I can support you through this difficult time, help you to feel better and work with you to identify the best way forward for you.
Together, we can think through any changes you wish to make to yourself, your life or your relationships. I will give you the time and space you need to gain insight into your problems and begin to move forward with your life
Being person centred, means that the way I work, involves putting you at the very centre of the counselling process, so we will focus on what is important to you and what you want to achieve through counselling.
We will work at a pace, which is right for you. I provide a safe, confidential and welcoming space for you to explore your issues, without fear of being judged.
Because of my previous background & experience in Hypnotherapy & Coaching, I can also support you to develop a range of practical techniques to help you through your problems.
These include various relaxation & self-calming techniques, solution focused strategies & mindfulness based approaches, which can help you to feel more in control & to overcome feelings of anxiety & stress. We can integrate these techniques into our work - but only if you feel it would be useful to do so.
I am happy to work on both a short-term (4 - 6 sessions) or a longer term basis.
How to get started with Counselling
To take the next step, you can either email me or leave a message on my telephone answering service. I will call you back or reply to your email as soon as possible, but within 2 working days.
Please be aware that if you telephone, you will hear my husband's voice on the telephone answering service because we both offer therapy. Julian specialises in Hypnotherapy, so if you are interested in counselling, please make this clear on the message and I will be the one to return your call.
Following this initial contact, we can then arrange a consultation, which is free of charge. This usually lasts for half an hour & can be done either face to face or over the telephone, if you prefer.
The consultation is friendly & informal, but we will discuss your needs & what you want to get out of the counselling process. Following our discussion, if we both feel that counselling is the best option for you & you are happy to go ahead, we can arrange your next appointment.
I offer counselling from my comfortable & easily accessible practice, which is based in South Manchester.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with a wide range of clients, of all ages - from teenagers to clients in their 70’s. I have experience of counselling for self-esteem and confidence, anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, relationship and other family related issues, stress and work related difficulties.
Besides private practice, my counselling experience includes being a volunteer counsellor in a large Further Education College, a Community Counselling Service and in a local Family & Counselling Centre.
I am a registered member of the BACP and I work within their professional and ethical framework. I have professional indemnity insurance, regularly update my training and professional development and receive ongoing Supervision, as recommended by the professional body. I have passed the BACP’s Certificate of Proficiency.
Counselling Related Qualifications
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Analytical Hypnotherapy
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in Life Coaching
- Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Other Qualifications & Experience
I have worked in a wide range of people-centred roles over the last 25 years. My other qualifications are related to my previous roles as a Careers Guidance Counsellor, a Manager in Children and Young People’s Services and a Teacher in Higher Education. In addition to my counselling practice, I am currently a Senior Lecturer & Personal Tutor at a University in Manchester and am studying for an MA related to Reflective Practice
- BSc (Hons) Sociology
- Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance
- Diploma in Management Studies
- Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Teaching)
- Currently studying an MA related to Reflective Practice
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Because of my previous experience and qualifications in Hypnotherapy & Coaching, I can also integrate self-calming techniques into our work, if you feel this would be useful. For example, I can offer to share mindfulness-based approaches or breathing and relaxation techniques, which can help you to feel more in control of anxious thoughts and feelings.
I also have a special interest in helping clients who have experienced 'loss' in their lives. This includes Bereavement, but can also be linked to loss of career, identity, health etc - please see the Further Information Section below for more details.
I offer a free half hour initial consultation to discuss your needs. This can be carried out over the telephone or face to face.
Counselling sessions last one hour and cost £35 per session.
I am happy to work both on a short term (between 4 - 6 sessions) or a longer term basis with clients.
Please note - A concessionary rate is available for students in counselling training, requiring therapy as part of their course.
I have a special interest in working with issues related to ‘loss’. This includes bereavement counselling, but also extends to clients who have experienced loss in other ways such as loss of career, friendship or personal identity. Coping with feelings of loss can be a very difficult & lonely process. These feelings can be triggered by life’s many challenges, including the ageing process, a deterioration in health or changes in lifestyle, career or family circumstances. Counselling can help by providing a safe space to express these difficult emotions and eventually help clients to ‘make sense’ of their situation and begin the healing process.
I also have extensive experience of building trusting professional relationships with a diverse range of young people, including teenagers, both in educational settings and in private practice. The tremendous pressures faced by many young people in today’s society, can feel overwhelming and isolating. The counselling process can offer a place where young people can make their voices heard, be taken seriously and gain an understanding of their current difficulties, with a view to moving forward.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer evening & some daytime appointments, including weekends.
Types of client