Michelle Katz : Certified Relate Counsellor & BACP Senior Accredited
Using an integrative approach which includes CBT, I work with couples & individuals to help you achieve your goals & the changes you desire.
I will try to listen & understand your problems, how they arose and, most importantly, how to make changes. It is my belief that knowledge is a powerful tool, and I therefore work to 'psycho-educate That is to inform and make sense of the behaviour, thoughts and feelings that are distressing you. If you like reading, then I will generally suggest books that can help your self learning.
Counselling is neither self indulgent or weak. No matter how 'big' or 'small' the problem, it is 'our' problem and it affects us. It takes courage to face our difficulties, and to change. But in counselling you are not alone. I believe it is a journey we undertake together. You determine the goal / destination, and I provide a road map to help us on the journey. Once you are able to recognise the obstacles and pitfalls you are encountering, you have the opportunity to avoid them.
Many of our difficulties arise because of how we view things. If we are able to see things from a different perspective, we can change the way in which we think, and in so doing, change how we feel. For example, write down 3 things you wish you were, or had. Next, try thinking about 3 things you're glad you're not. Notice a change in how you feel?
If you did, are you aware that the only thing that changed was your thoughts?
Very simply, our minds control our moods, but in session, once a client can become conscious and aware of their thoughts, they're usually able to consider that there may be another perspective, that their thoughts are not fact, even if that's frequently how it feels!
People who experience low self esteem and a general sense of anxiety, respond particularly well once they have grasped this concept. And I am passionate about helping people free themselves from the shackles that have frightened and bound them is truly a joy.
I have written and had published articles on Self Esteem; Couple Relationships and Anxiety, all of which are available by request.
If you have Private Helath Insurance with Pru Health; WPA; BUPA or Aviva you may be able to claim for the counselling sessions you have with me.
To view my full C.V and training, please see below.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my training in 1993 with Relate, where I worked with couples and individuals who were experiencing difficulties in their relationship. I learned that sometimes simply working with one person could improve the relationship for both partners. I gained my certification in 1998.
1995 -1997. Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Hertfordshire.
This course was dual module and here I learned to adopt a Person Centred way of being with my clients, that is in a non judgemental, accepting, empathic manner. The Psychodynamic modality afforded me a wonderful opportunity to learn how our lives today are influenced so much by the things that happened in our past.
CBT. I thoroughly enjoy using CBT within my work. I see how by changing the thoughts, people are able to change how they feel and behave. Simply recognising that we are playing the 'what if' game, with no 'evidence' for it (other than a conviction / fear) can free us from crippling anxiety.
I worked voluntarily for 7 years and in 2000 started my private practice. I am a founder member of the Bushey Therapy Centre (www.busheytherapycentre.co.uk)
I am a Senior Accredited member of the BACP
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Low Self Esteem : Low self worth : Inferiority : Inadequacy :
Guilt (the controller!)
I currently charge £60 per session for couples, and £50 for individuals. REDUCED FEES can be negotiated for daytime, short term counselling (i.e.6 sessions)
I have recently worked, mainly short term, with a number of people who all experience crippling anxiety. They worry about the future and all the terrible things that could go wrong, or they worry about being lonely, or what their irrational thoughts mean and say about them, or what other people think of them, or even of being happy!
As each of these clients came to recognise that what was making them so terribly anxious and scared was their thoughts, they were able to begin to see their thoughts in a more realsitic light i.e. that their thoughts were just that.......a mere thought, nothing more than an illusion, and no more or less true than a positive or happy thought would be!
Would you believe in a lie ? Probably not. And yet that's exactly what happens when a thought is experienced and believed in as if it were the 'truth'
How often are we actually living in the present moment. The answer I suspect is, for most people, very rarely. We live in the past or the present and with our 'version' of what has or will happen. Most of us are addicted to negative, destructive, fearful thoughts and it is hard to break a lifetimes habit, but if we can learn to be in this present moment, right here right now, we can begin to give ourselves a moments break from the incessant chatter that goes on inside our heads.