Dr Michelle Zandvoort
I am registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC- PY22828) as a Counselling Psychologist and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). In my practice I apply mainly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches (CBT) and Mindfulness. However, my doctoral training and experience as a Psychologist enables me to integrate a range of evidence-based approaches according to individual needs and research evidence.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? This means that I focus on gaining a full understanding of your concerns and then we collaboratively explore and practice strategies that work to help you create/ re-establish the life you want.
I am fully trained as an EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) practitioner. This enables me to effectively help people reduce trauma-related difficulties such as Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD).
I have specialist knowledge, training and experience in a range of life issues and mental health difficulties. These include relationship difficulties, trauma, burnout due to work stress, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, addictions (substance misuse, alcoholism, gambling), obsessive compulsive behaviours, food issues, personality difficulties and bipolar disorder.
I offer consultations for couples and families who want to improve their relationships and learn to cope in healthy ways with difficulties they may be experiencing e.g. coping with the substance misuse/alcoholism of a family member or partner.
I offer individual Mindfulness-based therapy for depression and Mindfulness based-stress reduction courses for people who are unable due to a variety of factors attend a set group course.
For companies I regularly deliver training workshops on Resilience, Stress Management, Mindful Leadership and Change Management.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Practitioner Doctorate (PsychD.) in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology from the University of Surrey, a Masters degree (MSc.) in Counselling Psychology from London Metropolitan University and an Honours degree (Bsc. Hons) in Psychology from the University of Kent.
Apart from independent practice I currently work as a Senior Counselling Psychologist for Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust where I provide psychological assessments and interventions for clients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties such as complex trauma, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, bipolar affective disorder.
Over the past 15 years I have worked in community counselling services, drug and alcohol services, NHS primary care, NHS community mental health teams, NHS inpatient care and for The Priory group mental health and secure services. My role was to provide psychologicial assessments and individual and group therapy to clients with a range of personal, psychological and behavioural difficulties as well as provide consultations and supervision to nursing staff.
From 2007 till early 2012 I designed and implemented a treatment programme for a residential clinic, Bayberry, (www.bayberry.org.uk) for people struggling with addictions and mental health difficulties. My role as full-time clinical director involved staff supervision and training, clinical management and clinical governance. In addition I provided in-depth psychological assessments, individual, group and family therapy and facilitated family workshops.
From 2013 till 2014 I designed and implemented a Dual Diagnosis treatment programme for The Priory Secure Services and designed their Dual Diagnosis Strategy. I delivered staff training on substance misuse awareness and motivational interviewing.
In my independent practice I mainly see self-referred clients as well as clients referred by independent psychiatrists and insurance companies such as BUPA.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Phobias, adjustment to adverse life events
I provide both short-term (6-12 sessions) and longer term therapy as well as work-related coaching. The average for CBT is 12 sessions but this varies according to clients' needs.
Psychological Therapy and Supervision
Self-referred individual and couple sessions: 50 minutes and my fee is £90
Different fees apply to insurance companies due to additional time demands involved.
Supervision for individual psychologists/ counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees: Fee is £80
In-house Group/individual supervision for clinical staff: £95 per hour session.
Coaching, consultations and workshops
Work-related coaching can be conducted at place of work. Fee depends on requirements.
In-house Mindfulness, Resilience, Stress and Change Management workshops/course can be tailored to needs of the team.
Psychological and Psychometric Assessments with reports
Fees depend on requirements.
Tuesdays: 9-5 Thursdays 9-5