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Dip.Couns, MBACP - Higher Ground Counselling

About me

Hi, I'm Michelle -  I'm a Psychotherapist/Counsellor; and I'm passionate about helping people who want to help themselves . I'm a Registered Member of the BACP ; offering a counselling service near Huddersfield town centre. My main method of counselling is Person Centred, which holds the belief that the only person who truly knows what is best for you is you; and the answers are already inside you, waiting to be found. In short - I believe that what people really need is a good listening to! I won/t tell you what choices to make; but I will use a range of counselling techniques in order to help you explore your feelings and find your own solutions.  for a more tailor-made service, in order to help with specific issues. By talking through your problems, at your own pace; you can gain the confidence to move forward in a positive way.

I work with a range of issues (listed below) If one of these problems is something you feel you would like support with, I offer a completely confidential counselling service, in a relaxed environment.



Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 certificate in Counselling skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts
  • Diploma in counselling children and adolescents (Although I now only focus on clients over 18)
  • Awareness of child abuse and neglect certificate
  • Certificate in in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Prior to setting up my own private practice, I counselled previously at a local college; and also a registered young person's charity.
  • I am currently studying towards a Diploma in Joint life coaching and counselling.
  • I work with both male and female clients over the age of 18

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£44.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Induction session £30
The first session at Higher Ground Counselling in Huddersfield is a 50 minute induction session and will entail getting know each other briefly, going through a small amount of paperwork; and having a chat about how the counselling process works and may benefit you. Payment for this session must be made prior to our meeting, via bank transfer & is non refundable in the event of cancellation.

Further individual sessions £44
Each session takes place in my homely counselling room in Huddersfield (Or via video call using Zoom, if I have space); and lasts for fifty minutes.

One-off session £66

A one-off session is exactly how it sounds - you just attend once. These sessions are for an hour and a half; and are intended for those who feel that they would just like to feel supported in 'offloading' to someone who can give them non-biased support. These sessions are also good for those who feel that they need to get something off their chest confidentially that they've never felt able to talk to anyone about.

You are welcome to get in touch by email, telephone, via the form on this website or text.


When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Weekday afternoons 10:30 AM - 2:30PM.

I regret that I do not work evenings or weekends.

Further information

Opening hours:

Weekday  appointments from 10:30AM-2:00PM

There is onsite parking at my premises with CCTV.

I regret that there is no disabled access.

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

The room is accessible up two short flights of stairs.