Michelle Richards PgDip MBACP Jubilee Counselling York
I specialise in the treatment of PTSD, CPTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, weight issues, substance dependency, anger or sexual dysfunction.
The issues listed above may have been brought about due to military combat, relationship issues, loss, abuse, divorce, family, work related, domestic violence or having experienced a relationship with a narcissistic personality type. Conversely, you may not be able to pin point a particular trigger, however this will not stop your recovery.
I also work with general concerns such as feeling overly sad, angry, fearful or not feeling satisfied with work or generalised anxiety disorder, panic and phobias. I work with individuals, couples or groups. Adults and young people.
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.
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.
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 Transactional Analysis at the Metanoia Institute in London and founded Jubilee counselling. I now run a private practice in York along with a practice in the South of England.
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
Member of Metanoia Institute and The European Association of Transactional Analysis
Bereavement training - St Leonard's Hospice York
Havening Technique trained and working towards certification - Delta wave trauma relief technique
I am a member of BACP, Metanoia and EATA.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Jungian therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
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.
Couples - £55 per appointment
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays, evenings and weekends where available. Please send an email or telephone to see what specific times are currently free.
Types of client
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