Michelle Baden MBACP prof dip
16 Haselbury Grove
Choosing the right counsellor for you is vitally important. For therapy to be effective you need to like and be able to trust your counsellor, who will begin the relationship as a stranger. I can offer you kindness and understanding, a place of refuge and calm, a space to share and be yourself, without judgement or criticism. I can provide you with a free initial consultation in person or over the phone, so you can decide whether I am the right person for you.
Previous to becoming a counsellor I worked in the business sector so I have direct experience of the difficulties of long hours and high stress environments, including the impact this can have on your relationships, family and self esteem.
I have recently become a mother and understand the hardships and vulnerabilities of the first few years. If you are a new Mother or are suffering with post natal depression and childcare is difficult, I happily encourage bringing baby along to sessions with you. I can provide a safe environment with toys and changing facilities for them whilst you have the time to take care of yourself.
I have a wealth of life experience and have been through my own problems in the past. This gives me a pragmatic, nurturing, positive and down to earth approach with my clients.
Here's what a few of my clients had to say about me:
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your time, support, patience etc, etc (too much to mention)...I wouldn't be where I am now without you
I just wanted to say thank you really for your support... It has been ridiculously hard but I already know that it has been worth it and I couldn't have got through it without you. Your caring, kind and non-judgmental personality is what makes you a fantastic counsellor... I'm now ready to move forward with the rest of my life - a stronger and more determined person
I have trained in a variety of ways and can tailor sessions to suit you, whether that be short term solution focused therapy, CBT, mindfulness or relaxation techniques, we can find a way to work for you. I am particularly experienced in working with people suffering from trauma; recent or historical, abuse; physical, sexual or mental, chronic/ long term / repeated episodes of depression and anxiety, post natal depression, relationship issues, work related stress, bereavement, and eating disorders.
Appointments are usually for an hour, weekly, but I can be flexible and offer more frequent, fortnightly, or one off 2 hour sessions to suit your needs. In some circumstances I can provide counselling in your own home, though these spaces are limited, please let me know if you require home visits.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Diploma in Counselling
I worked as a counsellor for the NHS for a number of years in Bristol, working with clients with a huge range of issues
I am a member of the dissociation friendly therapists, and I have completed training courses for working with clients who have suffering severe trauma, Dissociation Identity Disorder (including all of its various forms) and PTSD
I am a fully trained Rewind Therapy counsellor, helping those with phobias, anxiety, PTSD, traumatic flashbacks and OCD. This is a short term, effective therapy for 're-programming' painful emotional memories. This treatment can sometimes be very short; 1-3 sessions for which I charge more - £50 per session. Please contact me for further details
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
1 hour sessions are charged at £40, but I do offer a limited number of lower cost sessions at £25 for those on lower incomes. Please contact me for availability
I offer an initial consultation over the phone, for you to ask any questions you wish, and find out whether you would like to work with me
I work in Saltford, which is on the a4 between Bristol and Bath. It is easily accessed from Keynsham, Bitton, Kelston, Longwell Green, Warmley, Kingswood, Brislington, Corston, and Bath. There is plenty of free on street parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday day and evening (limited) appointments available
Types of client