Michelle Richards PgDip MBACP Jubilee Counselling York
I work with, phobias, PTSD, CPTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, weight, substance dependency and anger issues. I also offer coaching and mentoring for business development purposes and sports. Phobias and traumas may often be cured in one session using the Amygdala Desensitisation technique (ADT) which makes it a very cost efficient treatment, please see fees below.
I work with both couples and individuals. In all cases the initial consultation is Free of charge as it gives us an opportunity to see if we think we can work together.
Counselling/Therapy will provide you with an opportunity to facilitate a solution that suits you as opposed to a label - for example, a person might be diagnosed as depressive and prescribed antidepressants to alleviate the symptoms, however therapy can treat the root cause and in doing so, provides an opportunity to develop a different approach to life and how you feel about yourself and others. It can help identify patterns and stop you from making the same mistakes over and over if you choose to.
Where addiction to an activity/substance may appear to be your issue, it might actually be a coping mechanism to alleviate the unwanted feelings and thoughts or to fill the void. Quality counselling can help you break patterns of dependent behaviour and help you experience a new way of living your life authentically.
Coaching and Business development - I have over 20 years experience working in York and London for a large PLC providing coaching, business and personal development. This foundation gave me access to first class training and innovative approaches that help release potential. I have built upon this wealth of experience to create an integrated therapeutic approach based on individual need. As such, I use a wide range of counselling techniques including evidence based concepts such as CBT, Transactional Analysis, Delta wave trauma techniques and mindfulness. The work we embark on will provide you with a confidential space in York or on Skype, to explore your individual needs without judgement. You may have a specific problem to solve or a pattern of behaviour whereby similar problems keep presenting themselves to you. This might raise questions such as "why me?" Or "why am I never satisfied". In Transactional Analysis we would refer to this pattern as 'Script'. The counselling or coaching sessions will help you to understand your Script which will facilitate an opportunity for change.
The work can be long or short term depending on the presenting issue and individual requirements - some people find it useful to return for top up sessions or when another life problem occurs.
I often work face to face in York or via Skype. In my experience both mediums are effective and together they provide greater flexibility particularly for those who travel or if someone is affected by agoraphobia etc.
Adopting a relational approach, using a Humanistic psychotherapeutic model, I work with individuals, couples and groups.
In addition to Transactional Analysis, I use an integrated therapeutic method incorporating, Person Centered, CBT, Relational TA, Existential , attachment and Psychodynamic therapeutic models - dependent on client need.
I have experience working with both children and adults referred via the NHS or privately. I was CRB checked through my work with young people at the YPI in Hampshire. I also have experience working with Service men and women.
The issues listed above may have been brought about due to military combat,loss, abuse, divorce, family, work related or domestic violence. Conversely, you may not be able to pin point a particular trigger, however this will not stop your recovery. If you have any queries or would like to make an appointment please contact me by email or phone. We can then arrange an initial consultation to see if we think we could work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications & Experience.
I qualified as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in Relational Transactional Analysis at the Metanoia Institute in London and founded Jubilee counselling. I now run a private practice in York.
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Metanoia Institute London
Four years advanced training in Clinical Psychotherapy MSc - (Middlesex University & Metanoia)
Sales, Marketing, Business, development and Performance management
Couples Training - Metanoia Institute London with Maria Gilbert
Addiction Therapy Training - Metanoia Institute London
Attachment training - Bowlby jnr
Bereavement training - St Leonard's Hospice York
I am a certified Havening Technique practitioner (ADT)
I am a member of BACP.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Stress related issues, affairs, betrayals, separation, divorce, work related stress, anger management, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, bereavement, PTSD, CPTSD, relationship issues, work related difficulties and self harm.
(Self harm can relate to many coping mechanisms adopted by people in order to divert or releave an undesirable or painfull feeling. This might include over eating, binging, cutting, hair pulling, substance abuse etc). Overwhelming or habitual feelings of sadness, fearfulness or anger.
Free initial 30 minute consultation. If we then decide to work together my rate is normally £45 per 50 minute appointments in York or via Skype.
Counselling £45.00 (some reduced fees offered for certain circumstances, please ask)
Couples - £70.00
Havening (ADT) £55.00
I offer some reduced rates for people on low incomes, this can be agreed on an individual basis if requested.
Payment in advance is required for bank transfers.
Please email or telephone me.