Michelle Jane Furlong, MBACP (Accred) UKCP reg
Liberty Counselling Services Ltd
The Bay Therapy Centre
21 Trent Blvd
90 Friar Lane
07533 845 118
If you need to talk with someone, I can offer you a safe and professional service. I counsel out of a comfortable base in Nottingham city centre and also one in West Bridgford. I can help you if you're experiencing isolation, burn out, anxiety, depression, relational breakdown, personal crisis or some kind of addiction. I will help you to explore and find a way through whatever difficulties are facing you in life.
Let me reassure you by saying that many people, at some point in their lives, will experience panic, anxiety, depression, loss, or grief and seek professional help.
These stressors can cause emotional triggers, panic and sometimes crisis. If you are in conflict, inner or external it's good to seek professional help. It's good to talk to a professional who will listen to you and work with you for your highest good, and best interests. I work towards helping clients to experience emotional freedom.
I work with couples, individuals, and adolescents offering short term CBT, long term therapy, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, in a caring and professional setting. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is good for participants who are looking for an alternative and more holistic approach to general well-being or crisis intervention, where skills cards offer structure and education.
I am UKCP reg and work in an ethical way. Counselling is a positive step towards addressing issues personal to you, with the aim of gaining new self awareness and leading to personal growth and emotional well-being. Whether you have recently encountered an experience, or if it is a long term issue that you do not want to live with any longer, "counselling can help" you reach a place of resolution.
Life is short and with the right help you should be able to live it to the fullest with the resources available to you . Maybe you need to re-discover your resources or awake them for the first time?
Throughout life's stages we can learn negative things about relationships, emotions, love and death, these interpretations, or experiences can often impact how we see ourselves and the world around us. A negative perception is detrimental, it can distort, and cause limitation in our relationships or your sense of fulfilment in life. It can cause you worry, you might want to bring this into counselling therapy?
You can uncover core beliefs about yourself to better understand the root cause of living with unwanted anxiety, distress, depression, relational issues, eating problems, loss, grief or why you live under any other limitation..
You can learn about Mindfulness, breathing techniques, visualisation or about unblocking negative emotions, and overcoming challenges personal to you.
- What do I want from my life?
- How can I feel better inside myself?
- How can I get rid of troublesome thoughts, feelings and emotions?
- How can I obtain more meaning in my life and become more engaged?
Bullying, Adoption, Sexuality, Sexual Abuse, Self Harm, Religion, Loss, Grief, Marriage Conflict, Death, Endings, relationships, personal Development, Divorce, Relocation, Work Life Stress, are all areas that can cause a sense of imbalance, conflict and unhappiness.
- I work with people that feel overwhelmed by grief or loss
- Coping with Bereavement
- People who are stuck in crisis but want to get back on track
- People who are experiencing repetitive cycles of destructive patterns in their relationships
- Coping with relationships and expectations in life can be confusing or hard to change
- People who feel burdened by negative feelings, sadness or anxiety
- People who struggle with addictions
- Life pressures and changes can lead to sickness
The above issues can present symptoms as -
Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, lack of concentration, loss of creativity, loss of appetite, binge eating, work place stress, sense of grief and loss, suicidal idealization, longing for meaning in life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced counsellor working with a wide range of clients who present with life's challenges akin to human nature & suffering with symptoms of burn out, anxiety, depression, chronic stress, loss or grief.
I work with individuals, couples and adolescent 13-19 year old in short, long term therapy. My training is in the Person-Centred Approach, but since qualifying I have gained many other learnt ideas and skills as well as learning CBT, Equine Assisted Therapy, Continuous Professional Development, to offer a range of methods that informs my practice.
I am an Accredited Member of the BACP. I commit to CPD training days and keep up to date on new research and methods.
I have a national Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, from The People's college (now Castle college) in Nottingham, Post graduate Certificate in Supervision, and certificate in Equine Assisted Therapy, I'm a member, registered with EAGALA. My training and clinical practice placement was from October 2004 - 2007. Since then I have attended further training days, workshops and experiential training groups as well as gathering a wealth of knowledge and skill which comes from working with clients over a long period of time.
I commit to having regular monthly supervision sessions to oversee my counselling work with a BACP Accredited supervisor. During this supervision I Adhere to the BACP code of ethics and good practice guide. This measure ensures that I work and discuss my case load, I am practising in a safe and ethical way.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I use Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for a more holistic approach to work alongside people who want to learn about themselves on a deeper level. The aim is to learn to develop and grow, to face and overcome obstacles in life.
The horses give participants biofeedback during sessions. It's a fact they pick up on and mirror your heart beat 4 feet away. They reveal feelings. I use skills cards for structure and education in sessions.
Each participant will be given a diary and welcome pack to guide you on your journey and empower you to choose tasks to engage in with the team.
The emphasis is on the therapeutic relationship and learning through experiential time with the horses completing tasks and learning horsemanship skills.
Sometimes people's emotions can be difficult to understand let alone identify or express, especially if they're unconscious or outside of their own awareness. If a person can not fully identify their feelings, or patterns to articulate them, it can lead to misunderstandings, angry outbursts and lack of meaningful connections impacting on the important people in their lives.
Adolescents can find the pathway of growing into emotional maturity hard. Using a horse can be a fun and powerful way to make psychotherapy work, using the horses in a safe environment to facilitate personal growth.
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My fees are -
- £45 - Each individual (Adult or Adolescent)
- £55 - Families (2-4 participants)
- £35 - students (Concessions £30)
- £55 - Individuals 1 & half hours of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
- £40 - Supervision
- £55 - Couples
- Sessions are usually weekly and last mostly for 60 minutes, with an exception of Equine therapy which is 90 minutes.
Practical guide to making initial contact.
Choose a time where you are free and unhurried to make initial contact by phone or e-mail to arrange for a consultation. If I am unable to answer your call you can leave a message with your name and contact details and I will get back to you at the first opportunity. When I return your call I will speak only with the person named in the message for confidentiality reasons.
If you are contacting me by e-mail you can include a summary of what you would like counselling for, as long as you are comfortable with leaving this information via e-mail. All calls and e-mails are strictly confidential.
Once we have arranged a date/time for you to come to counselling we can explore your needs and see whether this type of counselling will meet those needs, and whether we can work together during this process. There are many types of counselling and some suit clients better than others it all depends on what fits and what works best. I am more than willing to answer any questions presented to me during this initial session to help you make a decision. Once the decision has been made we can begin the counselling process. The initial meeting will last for 50 minutes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available at various times between Monday - Saturday with some evening appointments . Inclusive of Sunday morning's for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|