Michelle Carson HE. DIP. MBACP Person-Centred Adult & Child Therapist
The Brentwood Clinic
31 Shenfield Road
13 Railway Street
Welcome to Time to Talk.
I would like to congratulate you on having the courage to take this step in looking after your 'Emotional Well-being' and not suffering alone. I understand how difficult it can be to choose the right therapist as I have also been on this journey. I believe counselling is about the quality of the therapeutic relationship and how you and I build trust so you can speak about painful feelings and events.
I am a qualified Person-Centred Adult Child & Young Person Counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I practice on Saturday at The Brentwood Clinic of Complimentary Medicine and counsel parents and children. I also practice Tuesday to Friday at The Chelmsford Well-Being Centre.
As a Member of the BACP my practice is informed by it's Ethical Framework and Professional Guidelines.To maintain and develop my practice I receive regular supervision, personal therapy and attend Continuing Professional Development events.
How I Work
My approach to therapy is to harness my clients own natural self-healing process. I focus on whatever problem or issue my clients want to bring to the session. Together we explore your own thoughts and feelings and how they affect your life. Rather than being alone I walk by your side every step of your journey offering you compassion, empathic understanding and unconditional positive regard. Finding the right words to describe feelings can be difficult especially for children and young people. You will have the opportunity to work with sand trays, paper, pens, art, games and toys if you desire to help make sense of difficult feelings, thoughts and relationships.
I believe looking after your 'emotional well-being' and learning to 'suffer well' is paramount to success, happiness and contentment. It is as important as your hair, your clothes, physical fitness and education. Yet so many people neglect, discount or give no monetary value to their own emotional well-being.
What Happens During the First Session
All of my clients are offered an assessment. This involves talking to me about why you want to come to counselling and what goals you want to achieve. It also gives me an opportunity to discuss the way I work to see if you would like to go ahead with working with me.
I will need to take personal details and some of the time will be spent talking about safe guarding issues and confidentiality, the time and place of sessions and any other questions you may want to ask me.
Whats Important About Counselling
Regular attendance is a crucial part of the counselling process, so for children and young people counselling will continue throughout the school holidays.
Clients should be prepared to commit to a minimum of six sessions, which will be reviewed regularly to ensure I am meeting your needs.
My Promise To You
Dealing with thoughts and feelings on your own can be very difficult and sometimes impossible. As your therapist I will be with you every step of your journey and work hard to listen and understand how you experience your feelings and thoughts without judgement, criticism, or making assumptions or presumptions. I will work at your pace, you will lead the sessions, you are the expert of your own life.
Your voice will be heard and respected
I will encourage and support you
I will believe in you and do my upmost to walk in your shoes with genuineness and courage.
I will acknowledge that life has been difficult for you
I will help make the 'unmanageable' manageable
I will give you positive messages rather than negative ones.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I am a qualified person-centred adult, child and young person counsellor and hold a Dip HE in counselling (child and young person).
- I am a member of the British Association for counselling and psychotherapy and work with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice 2016.
- I have worked for two years counselling children at Renew Counselling (Bridge Centre, Basildon) and still continue to do so.
- I have also worked for five years with foster care children for Thurrock Council and run my own business as a contact supervisor and do transport work for children in care.
- I have an enhanced DBS that is portable so can be easily checked.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
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Assessments and sessions are for 50 minutes.
All assessments are priced at £40 and are around 1 hour.
One-to-one counselling for Children and Young People is priced at £40.
One-to-one counselling for adults is £50
I do offer concessions to students, unemployed and retired people.
Brentwood Centre has its own car parking behind the building.
Chelmsford Centre has nearby public car parks and spaces outside.
Both centers are in walking distance to bus stops and train stations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9am to 9pm
Types of client