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Life can become unbalanced as a result of many things e.g. relationship issues; an awkward family life; a death; changes in our career or personal circumstances as well as mental and physical health issues. Sometimes, we can face and resolve the disruptions ourselves and return to a normal life in a short space of time. At other times, it is not quite so easy, the unrest becomes more severe or lasts a very long time and can become increasingly intolerable or overwhelming.

Talking with close friends and family can be difficult at these times and many people find it a relief to to be able to talk to a caring counsellor, who can support you through what seem huge life obstacles, helping you discover new ways to cope or ways in which you can change your life.

My style of counselling puts you at the centre of all we do together showing you respect, warmth and acceptance. Whether you need to talk about your present situation, past memories or future concerns I will listen without judgement and support you to discover ways of moving through your troubling situation.

I have had counselling myself, on several occasions, and understand how hard taking the first steps towards sharing long-held personal distress can be. Beyond this I have seen for myself the rewards of counselling as it helped me to come to terms with my own life difficulties.

If you are feeling right now that you could do with a little bit of help in your life then contact me and we can discover how I can best help you.


Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Related Qualifications & CPD:

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)
  • Supporting People in Loss, Grief & Bereavement
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dissociation and DID
  • Dementia Awareness in Palliative Care
  • Child Safeguarding
  • Understanding Substance Misuse (USM –L2)
  • NLP Within (Foundation Course)

Member organisations


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

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.


Additional information

For individual counselling I charge £40 for a 1 hour session

Couples counselling is £60 for a 1 hour session.

Please ask me if you would like counselling but feel that that costs are prohibitive as some low–cost and concessionary rate appointments are available for those on a low income and for counselling students.


I offer day-time & early evening appointments for people in Taunton, Ilminster, Yeovil, Langport, Crewkerne & Martock areas. Contact me for a confidential chat on how I can best help you.

Further information

I have worked in a variety of counselling roles within local agencies including Samaritans, The Matrix Project, Mind and St Margaret’s Hospice. Additionally I am experienced in healing and complementary therapies as well as being able to offer individual coaching and group facilitation as part of mentoring /personal development programs. These and my diverse life experiences inform my integrative counselling approach.

Outside of my client work I have facilitated many groups, including Anger Management and Peer Support courses, and tutored counselling students towards their own qualifications.

Shepton Beauchamp

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Michael Burnell

Michael Burnell