Gabi Michell, Counsellor and Supervisor, PG Dip MBACP.
I believe that counselling and psychotherapy in a warm, understanding and empathic therapeutic relationship can help you to identify and change areas of your life that are perhaps causing you distress, anxiety, depression and other related difficulties. I can offer an atmosphere of acceptance and a genuine empathic understanding of the problems that you are faced with and together we can explore your past and current experiences and how they may be impacting your life and by doing so gain some new insight into how to live a more fulfilling, balanced life in the present. I also use mindfulness as part of my practice ,not only to help treat anxiety and depression but also as a general aid to living a more peaceful and contented life in the here and now.
I use the Relational Integrative model of Counselling in my work, I draw on several different therapeutic theories to inform my practice. Cognitive behavioural, which focuses on changing our thought patterns to change the way that we feel, Psychodynamic therapy which explores our past experience and how it impacts the present and Person centred models being the most well known. I try to tailor my therapeutic style to fit your personality and individual needs. Always keeping your goals at the centre of our work together.
"Experience of therapy - was very positive. Felt quite nervous about doing it at all at first, however talking through issues was very cathartic and, although it dredged up old memories I had tried to forget about, I came away each week feeling much happier and 'lighter'. Although you never actually gave 'advice' on what to do as such, you had a really clever way of nudging me towards a different way of perceiving things and I somehow reached solutions and different ways of doing things without really knowing how I ended up changing my mindset!
New awareness - lots! Came away with a new perception of my relationship with my dad and after feeling v guilty for so many years, it made me realise that I had no need to feel that way. Also, am now able to 'check' myself when issues arise in my marriage and instead of shutting down and not speaking about things, I am able to talk through problems (most of the time!) without disagreements spiralling into a huge row. Definitely have a healthier and more positive relationship with my husband as a result.
Thank you so much for all the help you gave me - it has made a huge difference to my relationship with my dad, my husband and my general sense of happiness as a result."
Client testimonial 2
Experience of therapy
I always felt very supported, encouraged and heard, you listened and just let me talk. It was non judgemental
which was a huge relief to me. I was always able to freely express how I felt, speak about my thoughts and my emotions, your trust was unquestionable and your empathy warm and real. I always left the sessions feeling relaxed and comfortable.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 10 years of experience working as a counsellor and Psychotherapist and am currently working in private practice. My clients present with a variety of problems, ranging from:- Low self esteem, family breakdown, domestic violence, depression, self-harming, anxiety, relationship problems to suicidal feelings.
I am also a counsellor for the charity 2wishuponastar who provide bereavement counselling for their clients.
I have worked for a School Counselling service for 8 years working with children between the ages of 7 and 18 years .
I worked for several years as a counsellor for women's aid, supporting sufferers and survivors of domestic violence and abuse.
I am also a qualified supervisor.
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling , a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and young people and a Post Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision. from the University of Wales Newport.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I receive regular clinical supervision to ensure that I am working both ethically and in my clients best interests.
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
Appointments are available from 9am until 6.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays.
I am also a qualified children and young peoples counsellor and work with young people aged between 8 and 18 years of age.